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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.7
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2012 Porsche 911 Review

Critics were impressed with the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera's powerful engine choices and stellar handling.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong acceleration
  • Terrific handling
  • Limited cargo space

2012 Porsche 911 Overview

The redesigned Porsche 911 Carrera has a six-cylinder engine that reviewers agreed delivers strong acceleration. The 911 Carrera S was also redesigned for 2012, and it comes with a more-powerful six-cylinder engine. The 2012 911 Carrera and Carrera S are available with either a seven-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automated manual. According to the EPA, the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera gets up to 19/27 mpg city/highway, which is good compared with rivals with similar horsepower. Reviewers agreed that the 911 Carrera offers superb handling, as well as amazingly accurate steering and powerful brakes.

Reviewers reported that the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera’s interior materials are top-notch. They added that its front seats are roomy, but said that its rear seats are far too small to accommodate anyone comfortably. The 911 Carrera’s cargo area (located under the hood) is quite small, even for a luxury sports car. Automotive journalists said convertible models have a well-designed top that keeps wind noise to a minimum, and they liked that it can be opened or closed when the car is in motion. Standard features in the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a touch-screen infotainment system, a nine-speaker audio system and a USB/iPod input. Available features include a Bose audio system, satellite radio, rear parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats and navigation.

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette comes standard with a V8 engine that reviewers agreed offers an exceptional amount of power. The Corvette is also available as a coupe or a convertible, as well as in more powerful Z06 and ZR1 trims.

Critics agreed that the 2012 Nissan GT-R is worth considering if you want innovative, high-tech features and excellent grip provided by standard all-wheel drive. Additionally, the GT-R earned praise for its powerful twin-turbo V6.

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