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Critics' Rating: 9.8
Performance: 9.4
Interior: 6.9
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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 an excellent luxury sports car, and its 2020 redesign doesn’t change what has historically made this a great car. The 911 is sleek, stylish, and most notably, fast. Its handling is inconceivably precise, yet it still rides comfortably on everyday roads. Inside, this Porsche looks and feels fantastic, with supportive 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. At the time of writing, the only iterations available are the 911 Carrera, S, and 4S in hardtop and cabriolet configurations. It's hard to justify shelling out more than $97,000 for a car when there are some outstanding class rivals that cost roughly half as much. If money is no object, 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 Chevrolet Corvette, as well as brand mates like the Porsche Cayman and 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.

For now, the 911 lineup only includes the Carrera, Carrera S, and Carrera 4S. For more details, see the Which Porsche 911 Model Is Right for Me? section below.

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 base model 911 Carrera has an MSRP of $97,400. That’s a hefty starting price, even by luxury sports car standards. The price jumps by about $13,000 for the convertible model, and it rises steadily by adding the punchier S engine, all-wheel drive, or other options. The Carrera 4S cabriolet starts at $133,400.

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.

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 $38,000 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: Twin-Turbos with Plenty of Gusto

At the time of writing, the Porsche 911 is available with two powertrain configurations. The 911 Carrera has a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 379 horsepower. The Carrera S and 4S have a more potent version of this engine that makes 443 horsepower. An eight-speed PDK automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, though the 4S model comes with all-wheel drive.

These engines provide serious muscle, and they are capable of scooting the 911 from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds. The PDK dual-clutch transmission fires off smooth, well-timed gear changes. Overtaking a slower vehicle is as easy as clicking the shift paddles down once or twice.

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, adaptive headlights, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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911 Dimensions and Weight

The 911 is 14.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges between 3,354 and 3,537 pounds, depending on the trim level.

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 comes in three trim levels: Carrera, Carrera S, and Carrera 4S. All three are available in coupe and soft top cabriolet body styles.

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

The 911 Carrera has a base price of $97,400 for the coupe model and $110,200 for the cabriolet (convertible). Both are equipped with a twin-turbocharged flat six-cylinder engine that produces 379 horsepower. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (PDK) and rear-wheel drive are standard.

Standard features include a 10.9-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, partial leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED headlights, an adaptive suspension, and staggered 19- and 20-inch alloy wheels. Cabriolet models feature a power-operated soft top.

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

The Premium package ($5,380) adds a 12-speaker Bose audio system, ventilated front seats, adaptive pivoting headlights, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive cruise control. The Sport Chrono package ($2,750) adds an integrated stopwatch, launch control, and enhanced sport settings for the engine, transmission, and suspension.

Other options include styling upgrades, a sunroof, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera system, night vision assist, a Burmester audio system, carbon ceramic brakes, a sport exhaust, a front axle lift system for clearing speed bumps, and more. These additions can cost as little as a few hundred dollars or as much as nearly $10,000.

Porsche 911 Carrera S

The 911 Carrera S starts at $113,300 for the coupe and $126,100 for the cabriolet. These models have a flat-six engine that produces 443 horsepower. Additional standard features include 20- and 21-inch wheels, larger brakes, and a torque-vectoring differential.

Many of the same options and packages named above are available, in addition to a few more. Active roll stabilization and all-wheel steering are available for $3,170 and $2,090, respectively. The Sport package ($5,460) gives you the contents of the Sport Chrono package plus a sport exhaust and a lowered suspension.

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 Carrera 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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