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Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 4.7
Safety: N/A
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2015 Porsche 911 Review

The Porsche 911 dazzles with razor-sharp handling, powerful flat-six engines, and a luxe cabin. However, cargo and rear-seat space are in short supply. It’s the 911’s high cost of ownership, however, that keeps it from the top of our luxury sports car rankings.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Extraordinary handling
  • Elegant, comfortable interior
  • Powerful six-cylinder engines

 

 

  • Cramped rear seats

2015 Porsche 911 Overview

Is the 2015 Porsche 911 a Good Used Car?

The Porsche 911 is an excellent option if you’re shopping for a used luxury sports car. It offers a blend of engine performance, driving dynamics, ride comfort, and interior quality that’s unmatched in its class. It also scores highly for predicted reliability and offers a number of advanced safety features. The 911’s shortcomings are few, though notable. Its rear seats are cramped, the trunk is small, and even used models are very expensive. For driving thrills on a lower budget, give the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette and Jaguar F-Type a closer look.

Used 2015 Porsche 911 Performance and Interior

Porsche equips every 911 with a flat six-cylinder engine mounted in the rear of the vehicle. Six engine variations are available for 2015, ranging in output from the 911 Carrera (350 horsepower) to the twin-turbocharged 911 Turbo S (550 horsepower). The 911 offers brisk acceleration, regardless of engine. Even the entry-level Carrera can zip to 60 mph in under five seconds.

A seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard in most models; all-wheel drive and a seven-speed PDK automatic transmission are available. Both transmissions earn praise for their refinement, though the PDK automatic gets particular acclaim for its extremely fast, seamless gear changes. Drivers can manually shift this dual-clutch automatic using the gear selector or available shift paddles (mounted behind the steering wheel). Fuel economy peaks with the 911 Carrera at 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is great for the class. The higher-powered models lower this rating substantially. The 911 GT3, for example, earns 15/20 mpg.

The 911 has a remarkably well-balanced suspension that provides a comfortable and smooth ride for everyday driving, yet it remains taut enough to keep the sports car secure and stable in tight corners. The steering is sharp and nicely weighted, and it provides good feedback to the driver. The brakes are strong and exhibit confident stopping power. Available upgrades include high-performance carbon ceramic brakes, rear-wheel steering (in GT3 and Turbo models only), and an adaptive suspension with comfort and sport modes (Porsche Active Suspension Management, or PASM).

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The Porsche 911 seats four, but the race-ready 911 GT3 only seats two. The 911’s front seats offer ample head- and legroom and are available in a variety of styles. Each is highly adjustable and provides good support. The rear seats aren’t very accommodating, though. While smaller children may find them comfortable, these seats are best used as extra storage space. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The trunk is located under the hood. It varies in size from 4.1 to 4.7 cubic feet, depending on trim level, but offers meager cargo space.

The 911’s interior is exceptionally well-trimmed and comes packed with many standard tech features, including a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, and Bluetooth. The infotainment screen and various audio and climate controls are arranged neatly on the cascading center stack. The large number of buttons can be intimidating at first, but their logical arrangement makes it easy to access features on the go. The cabin materials have a quality look and feel, and the interior itself remains fairly quiet at higher speeds.

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Used 2015 Porsche 911 Prices

The price of a used 2015 911 ranges from about $73,000 for base Porsche 911 Carrera models to around $145,000 for Porsche 911 Turbo S models. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 34 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve researched 34 Porsche 911 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Porsche 911?

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

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How Safe Is the 911?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2015 Porsche 911.

The 911 lineup is available with many advanced safety features. Options include a rearview camera, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake assist, and adaptive headlights that pivot to increase visibility around corners.

Should I Consider Another Used 911?

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 430 horsepower and more standard features, including adaptive headlights, a sport exhaust, and Porsche’s adaptive suspension. The 911 was otherwise unchanged from 2014. As a result, you may find similarly equipped 2014 models at a lower price.

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Which Used Porsche 911 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Porsche 911 is available in 19 trim levels. Here’s an easy way to remember which is which. There are six engine configurations: Carrera (350 horsepower), Carrera S (400 hp), Carrera GTS (430 hp), GT3 (475 hp), Turbo (520 hp), and Turbo S (560 hp).

Porsche also offers rear- and all-wheel-drive models, the latter of which is labeled by a 4 in the trim name (e.g., Carrera 4S). All Turbo and Turbo S models are also all-wheel drive. Next come the body styles. The 911 is available in coupe, convertible (often called cabriolet), and targa styles. The targa top, or partial convertible, has a glass wraparound rear window with a fabric roof that opens above the front passengers.

Desirable 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 following standard features: a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and dual-zone climate control.

You might also consider a certified pre-owned 911. 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 or 50,000 miles. 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.

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2015 Porsche 911 and Other Cars to Consider

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

The Porsche Cayman and its Boxster convertible sibling offer the athletic handling, composed ride, and classy interior refinement of the 911 at a far lower price point. If you have a tighter budget, these used sports cars are certainly the way to go. They also rate highly in predicted reliability. There are a few compromises, however. The Cayman and Boxster only seat two, don’t offer all-wheel drive, and trail the 911 with less horsepower.

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

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette may not have the luxury appeal of its Porsche rival, and it lags the 911 in advanced safety features and predicted reliability. However, 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. The Corvette also offers a much larger trunk and far lower used car prices. It’s the better buy.

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