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2018 Porsche 911 Review

Few cars can match the performance or the prestige of a 2018 Porsche 911. Its midpack standing in our luxury sports car rankings is mostly due to its lofty list prices and projected ownership costs, rather than any prominent shortcomings.

Pros & Cons

  • Extremely athletic, responsive, and stable
  • Collection of robust engines
  • Handsome, well-made interior
  • More expensive to buy and own than class rivals
  • Infotainment system isn't as user-friendly as some
  • Small rear seats




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 2.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Porsche 911 Overview

Is the 2018 Porsche 911 a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Porsche 911 is a very good used car. Few luxury sports cars offer the same magical blend of dynamic performance and handsome cabin materials as the 911 lineup does. However, few competitors cost as much to buy and own.

The 2018 Porsche 911 has many first-class virtues:

  • Potent engines throughout the lineup
  • Exceptionally responsive, refined, and engaging handling
  • Top-notch cabin materials and attractive styling

Yet it also has a few drawbacks:

  • List prices are above average for the class
  • Estimates for maintenance and repairs are high for a luxury sports car
  • Rear seats are too cramped for most passengers
  • Infotainment system isn't as straightforward or consistent as some rivals'
Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Porsche 911 in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions with 54 professional Porsche 911 reviews.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2018 Porsche 911?

Based on listings for the 2018 Porsche 911 on our site, the average price is $149,900. Prices range from $92,300 to $200,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Porsche 911 Cost to Own?

The 2018 911’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $40,460, or $8,092 per year. That’s above average for a luxury sports car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 911?

Porsche has fully redesigned its iconic sports car for 2020. In addition to styling updates, the new Porsche Carrera models are wider and have a larger infotainment display. Retail prices for the new 911 are much higher than the they were for the previous generation: A new 2020 Porsche 911 starts at $113,300. Though keep in mind that the 2020 lineup is currently limited to only the Carrera S and Carrera 4S trims; a true base Carrera with a lower starting price may be on the way. You can likely save a significant chunk of change by shopping for a used 2018 911 – and you'll have more powertrains and trim levels to choose from – but you'll be forgoing some tantalizing changes.

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The 2018 911 is part of a generation that was produced for the 2012 through 2019 model years, and there are few substantial differences between the 2017, 2018, and 2019 cars. You can comfortably cross-shop for the best deal within the tail end of this generation and get a nearly identical car.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Porsche 911?

The 2018 Porsche 911 has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Porsche 911 Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Porsche 911:

  • Air bag sensors may be loose, which may prohibit an air bag from correctly deploying during a crash

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Porsche 911 Trim Is Right for Me?

There is a legion of 2018 Porsche 911 configurations. These consolidate into four main trim levels, and the Carrera is the least expensive. Targa models have a small, power-retractable roof panel, Turbo models are the most powerful, and GT3 models are adapted for the racetrack. The 911 also comes as a Cabriolet (a convertible with a soft top) and as a coupe. Models with a "4" signify the presence of all-wheel drive; all Turbo iterations also have AWD.

When it was new, this Porsche offered a multitude of upgrades, including full leather interiors, inlays made of carbon fiber and brushed aluminum, an optional sport exhaust system, and more than a dozen exterior colors. Package choices included the performance-oriented Sport Chrono and cabin-enhancing Light Design.

The extreme level of variety results in a collection of used models that are more diverse than normal. That said, we recommend that most shoppers begin their search with the base Porsche 911 Carrera. Its 370-horsepower engine is more than adequate to handle most driving situations.

  • Porsche 911 Carrera/4: The 911 Carrera is the base trim. It is powered by a 370-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Standard features include leather seats, the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker sound system, navigation with real-time traffic, voice command recognition, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors.
  • Porsche 911 Carrera S/4S: The 911 Carrera S and 4S have basically the same standard and available features as the base Carrera. They also have the same engine, but in these S models, the engine produces an additional 50 horsepower (420 instead of 370).
  • Porsche 911 GTS: The GTS engine has the same displacement as the Carrera, but it's tuned to produce 450 horsepower.
  • Porsche 911 GT3: The high-performance GT3 is powered by a naturally aspirated 500-horsepower 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine.
  • Porsche 911 Turbo/S/Exclusive: The trio of Turbo models are the most powerful in the lineup, with their 3.8-liter six cylinder engines producing 540 to 607 horsepower. These models all feature all-wheel drive.

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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?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has put the 2018 Porsche 911 through crash tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane change assist
  • speed limit indicator

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2018 Porsche 911 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Porsche 911 or 2018 Lexus LC?

The 2018 Lexus LC places near the top of our luxury sports car rankings. Like the 911, the LC is a four-seat sports car with a robust engine and a great predicted reliability rating. It only comes in V8 and hybrid variants though, lacking the breadth of engine choices of the Porsche. Both the 911 and the LC are superb picks, though each has different strengths. Pick the LC if interior refinement is your cup of tea and the 911 if athletic performance is of utmost importance.

Which Is Better: 2018 Porsche 911 or 2018 Jaguar F-Type?

The 2018 Jaguar F-Type is a meaty sports car. Its horsepower ratings are on par with Porsche's offerings, and the F-type's handling is responsive and agile. The Jaguar comes with more standard safety features than the Porsche, including automatic emergency braking and a driver drowsiness monitor. It also costs significantly less, with average list prices that are almost half that of the Porsche. The F-Type has a low predicted reliability rating, though you can compensate for this somewhat by opting for a certified pre-owned model, which will have excellent coverage. In the end, the decision most likely will rely on your budget, but both cars are thrilling to drive.

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2018 911 Performance

How Does the 2018 Porsche 911 Drive?

In your search for a sporty car, you'll be hard-pressed to find one that can leave the 911 in its dust. The 911 has a collection of potent engines, and even its base twin-turbo six-cylinder is a blast. Gearbox choice depends on the engine and includes a seven-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (identified as the Porsche Doppelkupplung, or PDK).

No matter if you are on the highway or tearing up the track, the 911 is nimble, incredibly responsive, and fun to drive.

  • Base engine: 370-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (Carrera)
  • Available engines:
    • 420-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (S)
    • 450-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (GTS)
    • 540-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder (Turbo)
    • 580-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder (Turbo S)
    • 607-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder (Turbo S Exclusive)
    • 500-horsepower naturally aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder (GT3)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard seven-speed manual; available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Does the 2018 Porsche 911 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 911 Carrera models have a fuel economy rating that's slightly above average for a luxury sports car. As horsepower ratings go up, gas mileage goes down.

  • Carrera, RWD: 22/30 mpg city/highway
  • S, RWD: 22/28 mpg
  • GTS, RWD: 20/26 mpg
  • Turbo, Turbo S, AWD: 19/24 mpg
  • Turbo S Exclusive, AWD: 17/23 mpg
  • GT3, RWD: 15/20 mpg

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2018 911 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 911 Seat?

The 2018 911 seats four people in all models except the GT3, which has only two seats. The front sport seats are roomy, comfortable, and have lots of adjustments to accommodate a variety of sizes. The surrounding cabin is exquisitely finished in high-quality materials. The rear seats are so small they are almost unusable for passengers.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • front sport seats

Available seating features:

  • Alcantara synthetic suede upholstery
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • power-adjustable front seats
  • heated steering wheel
2018 Porsche 911 Features

The 911's infotainment system isn't as easy to use as interfaces in some rivals, and a few professional reviewers report a handful of tech issues. Overall, the system is decent. It has helpful features such as Apple CarPlay and uses instinctive gestures for the touch-screen display.

  • Standard infotainment features: the Porsche Communication Management system with a 7-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation with real-time traffic, voice command recognition, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: a Bose or Burmester 12-speaker surround-sound audio system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-operated fabric convertible top (Cabriolet models), and a power-retractable fabric roof panel (Targa models)
  • Other available features: sunroof (in hardtop models) and Porsche Entry and Drive (proximity keyless entry and push-button start)

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2018 Porsche 911 Dimensions

Porsche 911 Cargo Space

As a rear-engine car, the 911's storage space is in the front of the car and is smaller than similarly sized front-engine vehicles. It has a 5.1-cubic-foot front trunk, and its rear seats fold down to create a shelf.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Porsche 911 Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 9 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,116 to 3,517 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Porsche 911 Built?

Porsche built the 2018 911 in Germany.

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