2010 Porsche 911

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2010 Porsche 911 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2010 Porsche 911 was new.

The 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera balances luxury with power and agility like few cars can. It sets a high bar in an impressive class and is even a Consumer Reports "Recommendation." True sports car enthusiasts will agree, the 2010 Porsche 911 is a must-have, no-questions-asked purchase.

9.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 8.0
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine options and superb handling
  • Three attractive body styles, including a convertible
  • Driver-focused interior layout features supportive front seats
  • Backseat too cramped for passengers
  • Limited on-board storage options

2010 Porsche 911 Overview

For good reason, the Porsche 911 Carrera has been highly regarded since its introduction in the early 1960's. It was -- and still is today -- sexy, luxurious and one hell of a performer. In fact, Edmunds writes, "The 2010 Porsche 911 remains the quintessential sports car that only gets better with every passing year." Not surprisingly, auto writers are unanimous in their praise of the 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera.

Other Sports Cars to Consider

Shoppers in the market for a super luxury sports car should also consider the Mercedes-Benz SL550. Like the 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera, the SL550 is a luxurious and capable machine. It even features 382 horsepower -- which is on par with the 911 Carrera S, 4S and Targa 4S. The S and 4S Coupes, however, are much quicker off the line than the SL550 and provide better all-around sports handling.

Another great option is Nissan’s supercar, the GT-R. Boasting a 480-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine, this street demon blasts from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds -- making it hard for even high-priced exotics like the Gallardo LP-560 and 599 GTB Fiorano to keep pace. The GT-R was named Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 2009. Needless to say, it's worth a look.

Details: 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera

This review covers the 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera base trim, S, 4, 4S, Targa 4 and Targa 4S. For even greater sports performance, check out the 911 Turbo and 911 GT3 models.

  • "The 911 has always exuded a unique charm, and that's equally true of these new ones." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Its looks haven't changed much over forty years, but it's the subtle improvements that make each new 911 so great. And if you still haven't driven one after all this time, you're probably one of those misguided souls who think the horizontally opposed, shoved-up-the-wazoo engine makes the 911 nothing more than an overhyped, overpriced VW Beetle derivative. But you're wrong. Drive a 911, and you'll want to buy it. If you can't afford a new one, get a used one." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Few cars…deliver the 911's thrilling balance of precision steering and handling with daily-driver livability." -- Consumer Guide
  • "As always with Porsche, the prices are high, but if you can afford the cars, you won't be disappointed." -- Car and Driver
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