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2020 Porsche 911 Review

The fully redesigned 2020 Porsche 911 earns a spot near the top of our luxury sports car rankings, and it's easy to see why. It delivers the power and performance that you want from a Porsche and boasts plenty of tech features in its stylish cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Unbelievably agile
  • Powerful engine
  • Cushioned ride
  • Miniscule trunk and back seats
  • Some rivals have more upscale interiors

Is the Porsche 911 a Good Car?

The Porsche 911 is a great car. The redesign doesn't change what makes this car great; it only enhances it. The 911 is sleek, stylish, and most notably, fast. And its handling is inconceivably good. Inside, this Porsche looks fantastic. There are comfortable front seats and plenty of standard and available tech features. Some rivals are more powerful, and some are more posh inside, but few competitors capture the essence of what a luxury sports car should be as well as the redesigned 911.

Should I Buy the Porsche 911?

As undeniably great as this car is, the price tag will undoubtedly scare off some buyers. It's hard to justify shelling out more than $110,000 for a car (currently the only iterations available are the 911 S and 4S in hardtop and cabriolet configurations) when there are some outstanding class rivals with starting prices that are roughly half of the 911's. If money is no object, then this Porsche is a great option. In addition to all of its terrific attributes, it's highly customizable, letting you truly make this car your own. Still, you may want to see how the 911 stacks up against competitors like the Mercedes-AMG GT and the Porsche Boxster.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche 911?

Porsche rolls out a redesigned 911 for the 2020 model year. The changes are plentiful: The new model has interior and exterior styling updates, a wider body, and a larger standard infotainment touch screen (10.9 inches, up from 7).

It also comes standard with a Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission and a new standard wet driving mode to aid with driving in wet conditions. Night vision assist is a newly available feature, and the new model features rear wheels that are 1 inch larger than the front ones.

At least for right now (see the Which Porsche 911 Model Is Right for Me? section for more details), the 911 lineup only includes the S and 4S. Compared to their 2019 counterparts, the 2020 models have 23 more horses (443 instead of 420) and an extra 22 pound-feet of torque (390 instead of 368).

Prior to the redesign, the only notable change the 911 had seen in a few years was the addition of the GT2 RS model for 2019. You can likely save thousands of dollars by purchasing an older Porsche, but you'll miss out on the redesigned model's many updates.

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How Much Does the Porsche 911 Cost?

The 911 Carrera S sports a base price of $113,300 for the coupe model and $126,100 for the cabriolet (convertible) model. Even by luxury sports car standards, those are extraordinarily high starting prices. If you step up to the 4S trim, you're looking at an even higher price tag – mid-$120,000s for the coupe and the low-$130,000s for the cabriolet.

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Porsche 911 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Porsche 911 or Mercedes-AMG GT?

The Mercedes-AMG GT is another car near the top of our class rankings. Both it and the 911 are offered in coupe and convertible models, and both cars offer sublime handling. The GT's base engine is stronger than the 911's, and the Mercedes-Benz also offers several more-powerful engine options. The 911, however, has the smoother ride of the two. Inside, the Porsche is a bit more comfortable and offers more features, but the Mercedes-Benz has more trunk space. These are both outstanding – and extremely expensive – cars, and the right choice will probably come down to which test drive you enjoy more (and you should definitely test-drive both).

Which Is Better: Porsche 911 or Porsche Boxster?

The Porsche Boxster joins the 911 near the top of our luxury sports car rankings despite having a starting price that's roughly $54,000 less than its stablemate's. The Boxster is a two-seat roadster with agile handling and a cushioned ride. Its engines aren't as strong as the 911's, but the Boxster still has enough juice to get your heart rate up. The Boxster is driver-focused, with a cockpit-like cabin and comfortable seats. The 911 offers many more features, but the Boxster still has some nice tech options. The 911 is a bit better overall, but only you can decide whether it's worth the price difference. If you decide the Boxster is the way to go, you might also like the Porsche Cayman, which is basically a coupe version of the Boxster.

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911 Performance

911 Engine: A Twin-Turbo with Plenty of Gusto

The 911 (currently only offered in S variants) comes with a 443-horsepower twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed PDK automatic transmission that shifts quickly and reliably. The engine delivers plenty of power, and though it may not give the impression that you're blasting into hyperspace the way rivals like the Audi R8 do, the 911 still feels outrageously quick in any driving situation. In this car, you'll never find yourself in the slow lane – unless that's also the name of a bar you like.

911 Gas Mileage

Fuel economy estimates for the 2020 Porsche 911 are not yet available.

911 Ride and Handling: The Total Package

There is perhaps no car with more formidable handling abilities than the 911. Whether driving around town running errands or spending days at the track pretending you're in the Monaco Grand Prix, this Porsche provides incredible road grip and steering feel, making it the kind of responsive, nimble machine that driving enthusiasts dream about. Optional features make the 911 even more athletic, and as if its sheer athleticism doesn't already spoil you enough, it also rides incredibly smoothly, even over rough roads.

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911 Interior

How Many People Does the 911 Seat?

The 911 seats four people, at least in theory. In practice, it's more like a two-seater, because the rear seats are so small that almost any adult will feel cramped. The front seats, however, are comfortable, and they remain supportive even on long drives.

911 Interior Quality

Inside, this Porsche looks stylish and modern, and it's quiet even at highway speeds. High-quality materials abound, but some reviewers note that a few plastic pieces keep the 911 from feeling as luxurious as some of its rivals.

911 Cargo Space

With just 4.66 cubic feet of space in its trunk, the 911 isn't much of a cargo hauler. That's enough room for about three shopping bags and little else. However, since you're unlikely to have people in the back seat very often, you can use that area as extra storage space.

911 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system with a 10.9-inch touch screen, navigation, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and Radio Plus.

Available features include a sunroof (available in steel or glass), a 12-speaker Bose audio system, a 13-speaker Burmester audio system, and the Porsche Track Precision app.

It's easy to control the PCM infotainment system in a variety of ways: You can use the touch screen, the few physical buttons, or voice commands, and it recognizes handwriting. iPhone users also have the option of Apple CarPlay (unlike some competitors, the 911 doesn't offer Android Auto). Radio Plus is one of the more interesting features in this Porsche. It integrates regular radio with internet radio, so if your favorite station has an online channel, it's never out of range.

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911 Reliability

Is the Porsche 911 Reliable?

The 2020 911 has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Porsche 911 Warranty

Porsche covers the 911 with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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911 Safety

911 Crash Test Results

The 2020 911 has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

911 Safety Features

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Available active safety features include night vision assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane change assist, traffic sign recognition, and a surround-view camera.

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911 Dimensions and Weight

The 911 is 14.8 feet long. Its curb weight is between 3,382 and 3,641 pounds.

Where Is the Porsche 911 Built?

Porsche builds the 2020 911 in Germany.

Which Porsche 911 Model Is Right for Me?

For now, the redesigned Porsche 911 is only offered in two trims: S and 4S. Both are available in coupe and soft top cabriolet body styles. All 911 models come with a 443-horsepower twin-turbo six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (a PDK, which stands for Porsche Doppelkupplung). S models come with rear-wheel drive, while 4S models come with all-wheel drive. Beyond that, there are no real differences, so your decision comes down to whether you think AWD is worth an extra $7,000 or so.

The previous generation 911 offered several additional models, including the Carrera, Carrera T, Targa 4, GTS, Turbo, GT3, and GT2 RS. At the time of this writing, Porsche has not revealed any details about future availability of these other models.

Porsche 911 Carrera S

The 911 Carrera S sports a base price of $113,300 for the coupe model and $126,100 for the cabriolet (convertible) model.

Standard features in the 911 S include dual-zone automatic climate control and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system with a 10.9-inch touch screen, navigation, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and Radio Plus. Cabriolet models feature a soft top.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

The Premium package ($5,380) adds a 12-speaker Bose audio system, ventilated front seats, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive cruise control. The Sport package ($5,460) adds sport exhaust, the Sport Chrono package, and an upgraded sport suspension.

Other options include styling and performance upgrades, a steel or glass sunroof, rear-axle steering, night vision assist, lane change assist, a 13-speaker Burmester audio system, and more. These additions can cost as little as a few hundred dollars or as much as nearly $10,000.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

The 911 Carrera 4S starts at $120,600 for the coupe and $133,400 for the cabriolet. The 4S comes with all-wheel drive, but beyond that, it's virtually identical to the S trim.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Porsche dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Porsche deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Porsche 911 earns its spot near the top of our luxury sports car rankings. The redesign brought about updates to the car's styling, powertrain, and features list, but it didn't change anything that makes the 911 great. This is still a powerful car that's incredibly fun to drive, and it provides plenty of interior luxury to boot. Sure, it's expensive, but if you have the money, this car is worth the price.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "So, the 992 passes the track test with flying colors, but it also needs to deliver on the arguably much more important territory of the road. Thankfully, it does. The signs are good as soon as you trickle through the first town, circumnavigate the first roundabout and generally drive slowly as you get comfortable." -- CNET
  • "After shelling out that kind of coin, you might find it strange having to explain to your friends that the Porsche in your driveway is, indeed, the new 911. There's also the fact to consider that the 911 always improves, at times significantly, through the lifecycle of a generation. A carefully sourced previous-generation 911 could provide more value for selective shoppers. But if you don't care about bragging to your friends, the new 911 is quicker, more luxurious and nicer to drive than ever before. The interior upgrade in terms of look and feel might be worth it alone. So for those seeking the latest and greatest, these attributes make it an easy pick." -- Edmunds
  • "So, should you turn in your current 911 and get one of these? Yes, of course you should." -- Autoweek
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