Porsche 911

#4 in Luxury Sports Cars Overall Score: 9.1 / 10
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2018 Porsche 911 Overview

The 2018 Porsche 911 ranks 4 out of 14 Luxury Sports Cars.

The 2018 Porsche 911 finishes near the top of our luxury sports car rankings. This iconic vehicle delivers the athleticism you want from a sports car and has a posh interior befitting the Porsche brand.

SEATING


2-4

MPG


18-22

  CITY


24-30

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


AWD, RWD

HP


370-580
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Pros & Cons

  • Terrific handling
  • Powerful engines
  • Stylish interior
  • Some rivals have better infotainment systems
  • Rear seats not hospitable for passengers

Notable for 2018

  • No major changes

Porsche 911 Rankings and Research

The 2018 Porsche 911 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Porsche 911 has a score of 9.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 48 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 9.1
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 8.1
Safety: N/A
Reliability: N/A

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2018 Porsche 911 Review

By Cody Trotter July 27, 2017

The 2018 Porsche 911 finishes near the top of our luxury sports car rankings. This iconic vehicle delivers the athleticism you want from a sports car and has a posh interior befitting the Porsche brand.

Is the Porsche 911 a Good Car?

Yes, the 2018 Porsche 911 is a good car. Actually, calling it good is probably underselling it. The 911 comes in coupe, targa, and cabriolet (convertible) body styles. There are several powerful engines to choose from, and the car’s sharp handling lets you take full advantage of all that power. It even manages to get pretty good fuel economy for the class.

Inside, you’ll find supportive front seats and an attractive cabin with plenty of stylish touches. The rear seat is so small that it’s nearly unusable as seating, and the trunk has barely enough room for a few shopping bags. But even these shortcomings can be overcome somewhat by folding down the rear seats – providing more storage space – and treating the 911 like a two-seater.

Should I Buy the Porsche 911?

There’s no denying that this is a great car, but whether you should buy it depends on your budget. The 911 has one of the higher starting prices in the class – north of $90,000 – and it justifies that price tag by finishing high in our class rankings.

However, there are class rivals that are worth a look. The Chevrolet Corvette might be the most athletic car on the road. The Mercedes-Benz SL is known for having an incredibly opulent interior, but its performance is nothing to sneeze at either. And the Lexus LC, like the 911, delivers dynamic performance and a premium interior. There are several other cars in the class – like the Jaguar F-Type – that match up pretty well with the 911, but they cost tens of thousands less.

If you like the 911 and can afford to spend $100,000 or more on a sports car, you should buy it. It’s a great car. However, if the 911 stretches your budget (or even if it doesn’t), there are other cars in this class that you’ll probably enjoy.

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We Did the Research for You: 48 Reviews Analyzed

Why spend your free time researching cars when the experts at U.S. News have already done it for you? Head to the dealer prepared after reading our car analysis, which is based on professional reviewer opinions as well as reliability data, fuel economy estimates, and more. For this overview of the 2018 Porsche 911, we analyzed 48 reviews.

The 911 was redesigned for the 2017 model year and sees no major changes for 2018. As a result, this review uses applicable research and data from the 2017 and 2018 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. We use our experience to craft expert, unbiased car reviews. To ensure objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and a third party handles all advertising on our site.

How Much Does the Porsche 911 Cost?

Luxury sports cars are expected to cost a bundle, and while there are a few class rivals that cost much more than the 911, it’s still one of the more expensive cars in the class. The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera, which is the base model, has a starting price of $91,100. The highest trim is the 911 Turbo S, which starts at $190,700.

For comparison, the most expensive cars in this class – the Acura NSX and Audi R8 – have base prices north of $150,000. However, many other cars – like the Jaguar F-Type, Alfa Romeo 4C, and Chevrolet Corvette – have starting prices under $60,000.

If you’re interested in a middle trim, we have good news. There are literally a dozen trims between the base Carrera and the Turbo S, including the 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera 4, 911 Targa 4, 911 Turbo, 911 GT3, 911 Carrera GTS, and the 911 Targa GTS.

Once you’ve chosen a trim, there are available features and packages that you may want to add. These will add anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars to the price tag, depending on which features you want. Many trims are also available in cabriolet (convertible) models, which cost $12,300 more than their coupe counterparts.

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 Lexus LC?

The Lexus LC is a brand-new vehicle for the 2018 model year, and it looks to be one of the 911's toughest competitors in the luxury sports car class. The LC features a 471-horsepower base engine that delivers plenty of power, though it can't match its Porsche rival in terms of handling. The base LC also gets worse gas mileage than the Porsche, though there is a hybrid LC with excellent fuel economy. The Lexus has a beautiful interior full of high-end materials, and unlike the 911, adult humans can actually sit in the LC's rear seats (though how comfortably is up for debate). The Lexus has a starting price that's comparable to the Porsche's, but a fully loaded LC is much less expensive. Because both cars deliver excellent performance and have high-quality cabins, choosing between the two is largely a matter of personal preference.

Which Is Better: Porsche 911 or Jaguar F-Type?

Like its Porsche rival, the Jaguar F-Type is available in coupe and convertible body styles. The F-Type has several powerful engines, topped by the 575-horsepower V8 found in the high-performance F-Type SVR. The F-Type is powerful and handles well, but the ride gets a little rough at times, and it can't match the 911's fuel economy ratings. This Jaguar only seats two, but since the 911's rear seats are mostly useless, that isn't really a disadvantage here. The F-Type's seats are spacious and supportive, and the interior uses quality materials. There are lots of standard and available features in the F-Type, and it has a much larger trunk (11 cubic feet in coupe models) than the Porsche. It also has a starting price just under $60,000 – more than $30,000 below the 911's base price. At the end of the day, the 911 is objectively a better vehicle. However, the differences are not big enough to justify the huge price difference.

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911 Performance

911 Engine: Making a Case for Raising the Speed Limit

The 911 gives you a choice of three six-cylinder engines. The base engine puts out 370 to 450 horsepower, depending on trim, and it has all the athleticism you need for day-to-day driving. This engine is found in many of the staple trims like the 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera S, and the various Targa trims.

The other two engines – found in the 911 GT3 and 911 Turbo, among others – are high-performance options that range from 500 to 607 horsepower. They'll throw you back in the seat with the kind of acceleration normally reserved for Vin Diesel movies, and they're right at home at the racetrack.

A seven-speed manual transmission comes standard in most trims, and a seven-speed automatic (PDK) transmission is available. Both deliver smooth shifts, and the automatic is well-timed.

911 Gas Mileage: It's Pretty Good

The base engine is the 911's most efficient offering, and it gets better gas mileage than many rivals. According to Porsche's estimates, it gets 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway (22/30 mpg with the PDK transmission). Those ratings are slightly better than the Jaguar F-Type's 20/28 mpg city/highway (with an automatic transmission) and much better than the Lexus LC's 16/26 mpg.

Fuel economy gets worse with the more powerful engines. The 911 Turbo gets just 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Keep in mind that the 911 – as well as nearly every other luxury sports car – requires premium gasoline, so good mpg ratings don't necessarily translate to low fuel costs.

911 Ride and Handling: Nobody Yada Yadas the 911's Handling

The 2018 911 lives up to the car's reputation as a legendary driving machine. With its sharp, responsive steering and buttoned-down handling, you'll relish winding roads. The sturdy brakes provide plenty of stopping power, and the available Sport Chrono package lets you select different modes that alter driving dynamics.

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911 Interior

How Many People Does the 911 Seat?

Almost all 911 models have four seats (the GT3 seats two). Notice we say, “they have four seats” instead of, “they seat four people.” That’s because the rear seats are about as big as a fun-size candy bar, but you won’t enjoy them nearly as much. It’s best to just leave them folded down for extra cargo space.

The front seats, however, are quite nice. They have plenty of head- and legroom, and the standard sport seats are extremely supportive. The available power-adjustable seats offer less support, but they do make it easier to find a comfortable seating position.

911 Interior Quality

The styling looks great, and the materials throughout the cabin are premium quality. Porsche pays plenty of attention to detail as well, so even small trim pieces have a great look and feel.

911 Cargo Space

The 911 engine has its engine mounted in the rear, which means the trunk is in the front. There’s still not a ton of space, though – just over 5 cubic feet of room. That’s enough space for about four shopping bags or maybe a medium-sized cooler. The fold-down rear seats provide more cargo space if you need it.

911 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the 911 include Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen and navigation. Available features include a sunroof and a 12-speaker Bose or Burmester audio system. The infotainment system has a learning curve, but it works well once you've mastered it. While Apple CarPlay comes standard, Android Auto isn’t even an option in the 911, though it is available in some other luxury sports cars.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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911 Reliability

Is the Porsche 911 Reliable?

The 2018 Porsche 911 does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power and Associates. However, prior models in the current generation received predicted reliability ratings of 4.5 out of five. That’s an outstanding rating (three is considered average), and it’s one of the highest ratings in the class.

Porsche 911 Warranty

Porsche covers the 2018 911 with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. That’s similar to the warranties of many other luxury sports cars.

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911 Safety

911 Crash Test Results

The 2018 Porsche 911 has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

911 Safety Features

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera and front and rear park assist. Available features include adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, and a speed limit indicator.

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Which Porsche 911 Model Is Right for Me?

There are more than a dozen trim options for the Porsche 911. Almost all of them come standard with rear-wheel drive and a coupe body style. However, all-wheel drive is available in most models, and many are also offered in cabriolet (convertible) body styles.

Choosing the perfect trim depends on several factors, but the differences between trims are largely about performance and style. The standard and available features are similar throughout the lineup. Because of that, several of the Carrera trims (base Carrera, Carrera 4, and Carrera S) offer good value because they come with many tech and safety features, and they don't cost nearly as much as some of the higher 911 trims.

Porsche 911 Carrera

The 911 Carrera is the base trim, and it has a starting price of just over $91,000. It includes all the standard features listed above, and there are several packages that add a variety of comfort, convenience, and safety features. These features include premium audio systems, adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, and heated and ventilated front seats with power adjustability. These packages cost anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

The 911 Carrera 4S has a starting price of $112,000. It has basically the same standard and available features as the base Carrera. It also has the same engine, but in the Carrera 4S, the engine produces an additional 50 horsepower (420 instead of 370), and the 4 designation means it has all-wheel drive.

Porsche 911 GTS

The 911 GTS has a starting price of $120,700. The main difference between the GTS and the Carrera trims is the engine. It has the same displacement, but it puts out 450 horsepower. Like the lower trims, a seven-speed manual transmission is standard, and a seven-speed automatic is available.

Porsche 911 GT3

The 911 GT3 has a base price of $143,600. This is one of the 911's high-performance trims. The GT3 features a 500-horsepower, six-cylinder engine. Unlike in lower trims, there is no cost to upgrade from the manual transmission to the automatic.

Porsche 911 Turbo

The 911 Turbo starts at $161,800. It features a 540-horsepower engine and has many of the same standard and optional features as the lower trims. A manual transmission isn’t available in the 911 Turbo, which instead comes standard with the seven-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is also standard in Turbo models.

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 2018 Porsche 911 is a great car. It's fast, it handles well, and the interior is stylish. For all these reasons, this Porsche is a top finisher in our luxury sports car rankings. But while there's plenty to like, this is a class full of exceptional vehicles, and many others are worth a look.

The Lexus RC delivers a terrific blend of performance and interior quality for about the same price as the 911. The Jaguar F-Type may not be quite on the 911's level, but it costs $30,000 less. The Chevrolet Corvette might be more athletic than the 911, and the Mercedes-Benz SL has one of the nicest interiors of any car on the road. That's not to say that you should buy one of these instead of the Porsche; only that comparison shopping is worth your time. If you do end up choosing the 911, it's a decision you're unlikely to regret.

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

  • "Boasting exceptional handling, classic styling, a luxuriously trimmed cabin and powerful engines, the 2017 Porsche 911 is a serious performance car that will leave you looking for reasons to drive it. When it comes to sports cars, there are few cars on the road that will satisfy you like the latest Porsche 911." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Having spent quality time with the refreshed Porsche 911 Carrera, the car offers necessary if not entirely welcome improvements. Consider this new 911 a positive sign of things to come from Porsche, a company that has no choice but to find balance between customer demand for performance, federal regulations, and the continuation of its rich sports car heritage. And trust that if all future updates to Porsche models prove as refined in terms of execution as those applied to the 2017 911, then we should all be excited to drive whatever's next." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "Either way, there's a new 911. The dang thing remains one of the best cars on earth. You have our permission—as if you needed it—to get worked up." -- Road and Track (2017)
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