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2016 Porsche 911 Review

The 2016 Porsche 911 places at the top of our luxury sports car rankings. Its world-class handling, elegant cabin, smooth ride, and authoritative engine lineup are among its most distinguishing attributes.

Pros & Cons

  • Exceptional handling
  • Wide variety of potent engines
  • Luxurious, comfortable interior
  • Navigation system and radio controls are not intuitive

7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 3.9
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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2016 Porsche 911 Overview

Is the 2016 Porsche 911 a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Porsche 911 is a true driver's car. It features some of the best driving dynamics among luxury sports cars, and it has a number of brawny engines available, including the base model's. For pure driving performance, the 911 is nearly as good as a used car gets.

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How Much Is the 2016 Porsche 911?

Our site has about 270 listings for the 2016 Porsche 911, with an average price of $138,100. With more than 20 configurations available, prices vary widely from $80,000 to $260,000. Vehicle condition, mileage, and regional demand also affect a used car's price tag.

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How Much Does the 2016 Porsche 911 Cost to Own?

Unfortunately, we don't have estimates for insurance, fuel, repair, and maintenance costs for a 2016 Porsche 911. 

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 911?

A new 911 boasts a handful of appealing enhancements that were not available in the 2016 model. Some of the major changes include a revamped engine lineup, rear-wheel steering for all-wheel-drive models, more available active safety features, and the addition of Apple CarPlay with uplevel infotainment systems. These make the new 911 a better vehicle than the 2016 model. The good news is that you don't have to fork more than $90,000 – the starting price of a 2018 Porsche 911 – to get these new goodies. Porsche first introduced them for the 2017 model year, so you can likely find a used 2017 911 and save some money over the 2018 model.

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With prices for a 2016 Porsche 911 averaging close to $140,000, you can pick from almost a dozen other new vehicles in our luxury sports car rankings and spend less money on them. Similar cars worth considering include the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT that starts at $112,400. This two-seater is exceptionally refined inside and out, and its compelling selection of engines includes a 577-horsepower twin-turbo V8. Opting for a Porsche Cayman, which starts at $56,900, is a more affordable way to keep the Porsche badge while still getting fantastic handling and thrilling acceleration.  

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Porsche 911?

The 911 has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's slightly above average for most used vehicles and among the highest scores in the luxury sports car class.

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2016 Porsche 911 Recalls

As of this writing, one recall has been issued for this car. The recall replaces the front passenger air bag, and it affects select 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS and 2016 Porsche 911 R vehicles. Make sure that any applicable recalls have been addressed before buying a used Porsche.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche 911 Is Best?  

The seventh generation of the 911 debuted for the 2012 model year, and it includes the 2016 Porsche 911. The most notable changes throughout this generation relate to the trim levels, as Porsche rolls out new offerings each year. Kicking things off for 2012 were the Carrera and Carrera S. A redesigned Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S joined the lineup for the following year. For 2014, new additions included the Porsche 911 GT3, Turbo, Turbo S, and Targa. The GTS was introduced for 2015. The 2016 model year welcomed the Targa GTS and GT3 RS trims to the lineup. If you are not set on buying the newest additions for 2016, you can likely save some money by shopping for an earlier model within the same generation.

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Which Used Porsche 911 Model Is Right for Me?

The 911 has a dizzying array of configurations. Porsche offers the 911 in three body styles: coupe, Cabriolet (a convertible with a power-folding soft top), and Targa (which feature a smaller, power-retractable fabric roof). Trim levels converge in four key groups: Carrera (the least expensive), Targa (also the body style), Turbo, and GT3. Mechanical components are often dependent on the trim level, with the Turbo models getting the highest amount of horsepower, and GT3 models being set up for the race track. Model names with a "4" have all-wheel drive, and model names followed by an "S" or "GTS" have an upgraded engine. 

Adding to the complexity of buying a used 911 is the deluge of options offered by Porsche. The Sport Chrono Package, for example, enhances performance by adjusting the engine, transmission, and chassis. In addition to standard features such as automatic climate control, navigation, and a touch-screen display, there are upgrades that include heated and ventilated front seats, automatic pre-collision braking, and a Burmester sound system. Even if your budget is confined to five figures, the base Carrera models are still a fabulous choice.

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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?

No crash test analysis has been performed on the 2016 Porsche 911. This is common for a high-end vehicle.

There are no standard active safety features in the 911, but it's available with automatic pre-collision braking, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

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2016 Porsche 911 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche 911 or 2016 2016 Porsche Cayman?

On average, you'll spend less on a 2016 Porsche Cayman than on a 911, but you'll still get strong performance with the Cayman. It's also the better car for road trips because the Cayman's two trunks together have significantly more cargo capacity than what the 911 offers. Both are good picks, though the 911 is the optimal choice if you want – and can afford – top performance. For example, the 911's base six-cylinder engine offers 75 more horsepower than the Cayman's.

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche 911 or 2016 Nissan GT-R?

If you're looking for meaty power, you may want to consider a 2016 Nissan GT-R. It comes with a mighty 545-horsepower six-cylinder engine, which is one of the strongest base engines in the class. It also has a slick, smooth six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that helps make the most of the engine's power, and it has excellent road grip around corners. However, the GT-R lacks the 911's refinement in both cabin luxury and ride quality. This makes it a less appealing choice for a daily driver than the 911. 

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche 911 or 2016 Audi R8?

If you want high performance and luxury – and don't mind paying handsomely for it – you may prefer the Audi R8 to the 911. The Audi R8 went on a production hiatus for the 2016 model year in anticipation of its 2017 redesign. Consider the 2015 Audi R8, which has a potent 430-horsepower V8 base engine that delivers break-neck acceleration. The R8 also has standard all-wheel drive that aids in its exceptional handling. Its ceramic brakes provide plenty of stopping power, and it has a comfortable, luxurious interior. However, the R8’s infotainment system can be hard to use.

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2016 911 Performance

How Does the 2016 Porsche 911 Drive?

The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera comes with a 350-horsepower 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine that is quite strong. You’re in luck if you're looking for even more power, as Porsche offers a buffet of flat-six engines with this sports car. The true powerhouse of the lineup is the Porsche 911 Turbo S, which comes with a potent twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine. It's rated at 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard in the 911, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive are available.

Few sports cars can match the 911’s handling prowess. It offers razor-sharp, responsive steering and powerful brakes. In addition to its athleticism, the 911 is comfortable as well, with a smooth ride that helps you relax on your daily commute.

Does the 2016 Porsche 911 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera model gets up to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which are on par with other sports cars' estimates.

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2016 911 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 911 Seat?

The 911 has a luxurious cabin with first-rate materials and excellent fit and finish. It seats four in all trims except the GT3, which is a two-seater. The front seats are supportive, spacious, and firm. The back seats aren’t roomy enough to comfortably seat adults, but they are convenient for extra storage or the occasional passenger. Partial leather upholstery and four-way power-adjustable front sport seats are standard, while upgraded 911s come with full leather seats, 18-way power adjustments, and additional side bolstering for the front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Porsche 911?

Both rear seats in the 911 are equipped with a full set of LATCH hardware, which consists of a set of lower anchors and an upper tether anchor.

2016 Porsche 911 Features

All 911s come with a touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The interface is relatively easy to operate, though it may take some time to learn how to use the navigation system and radio functions. The available Burmester sound system provides top-notch audio sound quality.

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2016 Porsche 911 Dimensions

Porsche 911 Cargo Space

The Porsche 911's trunk is in the front of the car and offers about 4 cubic feet of space, which is small for the class. However, the rear seats fold flat to create additional storage space.

Porsche 911 Length and Weight

The 911 is about 14.8 feet long. Curb weight is estimated at 3,517 pounds for the 911 Turbo coupe, 3,528 pounds for the 911 Turbo S coupe, and 3,682 pounds for the 911 Turbo S cabriolet.

Where Was the 2016 Porsche 911 Built?

Porsche built the 2016 911 in Germany.

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