Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

The latest crop of adventure-ready cars, trucks, and SUVs all have one thing in common: improved fuel economy

THE SELL: A lower carbon foot-print than its high-end-SUV rivals. THE TEST: Computer-controlled traction and 8.7 inches of ground clearance endow the three-liter, 380-hp V6 Cayenne S Hybrid with the same mad rock-crawling agility of its biggest competitor, the Land Rover LR4, but with 33 percent better fuel economy. We spun its wheels in gnarly Alabama back-woods, on mud-slicked tracks so slimy we couldn’t even get out and walk. On flat or downhill sections of road, where you’re likely to ease off the gas pedal, onboard computers automatically disengage the power train for lower drag, so less fuel is burned. THE VERDICT: Manhattan luxury marries Utah bouldering ability, all with real-world fuel economy. 20 mpg city/24 hwy

Brand: Porsche $69,000
From Outside Magazine, February 2012 Get the Latest Issue