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2015 Porsche 911 Review

The 2015 Porsche 911 finishes in the middle of our luxury sports car rankings. It has tremendous acceleration, a premium interior, and a high reliability rating. However, the same can be said of many rivals, and the 911's ownership costs keep it from topping the charts.

Pros & Cons

  • Extraordinary handling
  • Elegant, comfortable interior
  • Powerful engines
  • Great reliability rating
  • Cramped rear seats




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 4.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Porsche 911 Overview

Is the 2015 Porsche 911 a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 Porsche 911 is a good used luxury sports car. In fact, beyond its exorbitant ownership costs and the cramped rear seats, there's hardly a bad thing to say about this Porsche. It offers several incredibly powerful engines and impressively dynamic handling, making it a thrilling driving machine. Inside, the 911 looks great, with comfortable front seats and a nice array of tech features.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Porsche 911 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 34 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Porsche 911?

Based on about 230 listings for the 2015 Porsche 911 on our site, the average list price is $106,300. Prices range from $70,000 to $149,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Porsche 911 Cost to Own?

The 2015 911’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $40,150, or $8,030 per year. That’s above average for a luxury sports car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 911?

As of this writing, the 2020 Porsche 911 carries a base price of $113,300. The 911 is redesigned for 2020, and there are plenty of differences between the 2015 and 2020 models. Porsche trimmed down the trim lineup to only two models.

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. Night vision assist is newly available, and the 2020 features rear wheels that are 1 inch larger than the front ones.

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The average price of a 2015 Porsche 911 is a little above $106,000, which is higher than the starting prices of most new luxury sports cars. That includes the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette, Mercedes-Benz SL, Porsche Boxster, Lexus LC, and more. These models are more stylish and modern than the 2015 Porsche 911, and they have more tech features. However, newer models are unlikely to outmatch the 2015 Porsche 911’s race-tuned acceleration and handling.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche 911 Is Best?

The 2015 Porsche 911 marks the fourth model year of the vehicle’s seventh generation. Updates for 2015 include four new trim levels: Carrera GTS, Carrera GTS Cabriolet, Carrera 4 GTS, and Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet. Each offers a 430-horsepower engine and more standard features, including adaptive headlights, a sport exhaust, and Porsche’s adaptive suspension. The 911 was otherwise unchanged from 2014.

Porsche made slight changes to the 911's trim lineup for 2016, but it was otherwise unchanged. However, Porsche gave the 911 a heavy refresh for the 2017 model year, which makes it a better choice than models from a few years prior. Most of the changes have to do with the engine lineup, as several trims gained more horsepower.

Other improvements for 2017 include the addition of a driving mode selector and an active rear-wheel-steering system. Technological advancements include an upgraded infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay and newly available advanced safety features.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Porsche 911?

The 2015 Porsche 911 has an outstanding reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Porsche 911 Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one safety recall for the 2015 Porsche 911. It concerns the hood lock's upper components. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Porsche 911 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Porsche 911 is available in 19 trim levels, but choosing one is not as difficult as it seems. There are six engine configurations: Carrera (350 horsepower), Carrera S (400 horsepower), Carrera GTS (430 horsepower), GT3 (475 horsepower), Turbo (520 horsepower), and Turbo S (560 horsepower).

Porsche also offers rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models. Models with AWD are labeled by a 4 in the trim name (e.g., Carrera 4S). All Turbo and Turbo S models come with all-wheel drive.

Next come the body styles. The 911 is available in coupe, convertible (often called Cabriolet), and Targa styles. Models with the Targa top are convertibles – partially, anyway. They have a glass wraparound rear window with a fabric roof that opens above the driver and front passenger.

Options include heated and ventilated seats, forward collision warning, and a Sport Chrono package with launch control and a stopwatch for timing laps. All 911s are equipped with the a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

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What Does Porsche's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Porsche offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles 13 years old or less and with fewer than 124,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Porsche extends the original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. If the CPO vehicle is past its original new-car warranty term (four-years/50,000-miles), Porsche will cover the CPO vehicle for two years with unlimited mileage. Each CPO Porsche must pass a 111-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Porsche warranty page carefully.

Porsche’s CPO program is below average for a luxury carmaker, according to our research. Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Jaguar all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the 911?

The 2015 911 has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There aren't any notable standard driver assistance features in the 2015 911. Available features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

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2015 Porsche 911 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche 911 or 2015 Porsche Cayman?

The 2015 Porsche Cayman and its Boxster convertible sibling offer the athletic handling, composed ride, and classy interior refinement of the 911, but at a far lower price point. That's why these two finish atop our luxury sports car rankings while the 911 sits in the middle. They also have high reliability ratings. There are a few compromises, however. The Cayman and Boxster only seat two, don’t offer all-wheel drive, and trail the 911 in terms of horsepower.

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche 911 or 2015 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette may not have the luxury appeal of the Porsche, but it sits ahead of its German rival in our class rankings. It’s a match for the 911 in terms of performance and driving dynamics, thanks to its available 650-horsepower V8 engine and high-tech adaptive suspension. It trails the 911 in terms of advanced safety features and reliability ratings, but the Corvette offers a much larger trunk and far lower used-car prices.

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2015 911 Performance

How Does the 2015 Porsche 911 Drive?

You have plenty of engine choices in the 911 lineup. The base 911 Carrera features a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard, and a seven-speed automated manual (PDK) transmission is optional.

The 911 S model comes with a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that generates 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The GTS model has a 3.8-liter six-cylinder that makes 430 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.

The Porsche 911 GT3 comes with a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that generates 475 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The top-of-the-line Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S models feature twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engines that produce 520 and 560 horsepower, respectively. The Turbo S accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 197 mph.

Even the base engine delivers plenty of power and has a great sound, making it a great fit for sports car enthusiasts. The stronger engines are even quicker, and the Turbo S is one of the fastest cars in Porsche history. The 911 has the handling chops to let you take advantage of all that power as well. It's incredibly nimble, with sharp steering and strong brakes. It also rides smoothly, even over rough roads. Rear-wheel drive comes standard. All-wheel drive is standard for models with "4" and "Turbo" designations.

Does the 2015 Porsche 911 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine and manual transmission, the 911 Carrera gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Those are decent numbers for the luxury sports car class. Ratings drop as the engines get more powerful. The GT3 is one of the least-efficient models, earning 15/20 mpg city/highway.

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2015 911 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 911 Seat?

Most 2015 Porsche 911 models seat four people, except for the GT3, which seats two. The 911 comes standard with partial leather upholstery and four-way power-adjustable front sport seats.

The 911's cabin looks great, and it's built with lots of premium materials. Available features include full leather upholstery, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and upgraded front sport seats with more side bolstering.

The front seats are spacious, and even tall occupants will find plenty of head- and legroom. The seats are a bit firm, but they're comfortable, and they have ample side bolstering to keep you in place around turns. The rear seats are too cramped for most adults to ride comfortably, but that's a common theme for luxury sports cars.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Porsche 911?

There are two sets of LATCH connectors for installing child car seats.

2015 Porsche 911 Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system, which features a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker audio system, navigation, Bluetooth and a USB port.

Available upgrades include a 12-speaker Bose or Burmester sound system, satellite and HD Radio, and a sunroof (for coupe models). Cabriolet models have a power-operated convertible soft top, while Targa models feature a power-retractable center roof panel.

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2015 Porsche 911 Dimensions

Porsche 911 Cargo Space

Because its engine is mounted in the back, the 2015 Porsche 911's trunk is in the front of the car instead of the back. It's a small space that only measures 4.76 cubic feet. That's not a lot of room, even by luxury sports car standards. Still, you can fit a few carry-on bags in there, and you can fold down the rear seats to gain a little extra space.

2015 911 Length and Weight

The 2015 911 is 14.75 to 14.9 feet long, and its curb weight is between 3,042 and 3,693 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Porsche 911 Built?

Porsche built the 2015 911 in Germany.

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