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Similar to their non-premium counterparts, premium multi-activity vehicles (MAVs, or SUVs) offer an equal blend of utility and comfort, but add a premium touch, and often include upscale features such as navigation systems, rear-seat entertainment systems and backup cameras as standard equipment"features that are either unavailable or high-cost options on non-premium MAVs.
In the premium MAV segments, the Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover are the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM award recipients.
Midsize Premium MAV Segment
Highest Ranked: 2008 Porsche Cayenne
After taking a one-model-year hiatus, for 2008 Porsche rolls out the "second generation" Cayenne SUV, its best-selling model in North America. While the first Cayenne underscored the "sport" in SUV,
this next Cayenne shows off an updated body design and bears an array of more powerful engines across the full model range. A new model for 2008, the 405-hp Cayenne GTS, slots itself between the 500-hp Cayenne Turbo and the slightly less powerful 385-hp Cayenne S.
Among the 15 models in the midsize premium MAV segment, the 2008 Porsche Cayenne achieves the highest ratings in seven of the 10 categories that comprise the study, including:
- vehicle exterior
- vehicle interior
- climate control
- driving dynamics
- visibility/driving safety
Additionally, the Cayenne scores above the segment average in storage and space and fuel economy, but below the segment average in audio/entertainment/navigation....
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