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2020 Porsche Cayman Review

The 2020 Porsche Cayman sits near the top of our luxury sports car rankings. It's one of the best driving machines you can buy, with powerful engines and nimble handling, and it has a comfortable interior to boot.

Pros & Cons

  • Terrific handling capability
  • Powerful engines
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Features list trails some rivals
  • Infotainment system not as user-friendly as many competitors

New for 2020

  • T and GT4 trims join lineup
  • GTS model swaps turbo-four for naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Porsche Cayman's #3 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Porsche Cayman has a score of 8.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 20 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.7
Interior: 7.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Is the Porsche 718 Cayman a Good Car?

Yes, the Porsche Cayman is an outstanding car. Even the base model provides eager acceleration and ample power, and there are more potent options for drivers who want to own the road. Even in this class, few rivals can match the Cayman's adept handling, and it delivers a smooth ride as well.

The Cayman only seats two, which some may consider a drawback, but the seats are comfortable and have enough room for taller adults. Some rivals have more features and easier-to-use infotainment systems, but it's unlikely you'll have many complaints about the Porsche setup. The Cayman also earns a high predicted reliability rating.

Should I Buy the Porsche Cayman?

This Porsche is one of the best choices in the luxury sports car class. It's as fun to drive as any rival and delivers plenty of interior elegance, and it does all this with one of the lowest starting prices in the class.

However, this is also one of the most competitive segments in the marketplace, so you may also want to check out alternatives like the Jaguar F-Type and Mercedes-Benz SL. The Cayman's convertible two-seater twin, the 718 Boxster, is another excellent sports car. The F-Type and Boxster are fairly close in price to the Cayman, though the SL is roughly $34,000 more expensive to start.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche Cayman?

Two new trims join the Cayman lineup for 2020, but they may not move the needle for shoppers in the “new vs. used” debate. The all-new Cayman T closely resembles and slots in above the base trim, and it comes with some suspension upgrades. The brand-new Cayman GT4 (technically, it's returning to the lineup after a brief hiatus) is now the top-of-the-line trim, and it delivers incredible performance with its 414-horsepower naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine.

The new 718 Cayman belongs to the model's third generation, which launched for 2017. Other than the new trims for 2020, Porsche made no major changes to the Cayman since then, so 2017 to 2019 models will be very similar to the new Cayman but likely cost less. You can save more money by purchasing an even older Cayman, but we recommend staying within the current generation, as these cars have more standard and available features.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Cayman, 2018 Cayman, and 2019 Cayman reviews to help inform your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 19 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2017.

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How Much Does the Porsche Cayman Cost?

The 718 Cayman carries a base price of $57,500. That's one of the lowest starting prices in the luxury sports car class, though the Cayman gets pricier as you climb the trim ladder. The all-new Cayman T starts at $66,400, while the popular Cayman S has a starting price of $69,900.

The range-topping Cayman GT4 – another new trim for 2020 – starts at $99,200. That's much higher than some rivals' top-trim prices, but there are plenty of luxury sports cars with top trims that come in well above the Cayman – north of $150,000 in a handful of cases.

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Porsche Cayman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Porsche 718 Cayman or Porsche 718 Boxster?

The Porsche 718 Boxster is the convertible version of the Cayman, and aside from that distinction, it's every bit as good as the 718 Cayman. Several trims are the same, as there's a base Boxster, Boxster T, Boxster S, and Boxster GTS. The Boxster equivalent to the Cayman GT4 is the 718 Spyder convertible.

Which Is Better: Porsche 718 Cayman or Jaguar F-Type?

The Jaguar F-Type, available as a two-seat coupe or convertible, can't match the overall quality of the Cayman, but it's still an impressive driving machine. Whereas the Cayman's biggest engine is a naturally aspirated flat-six, the F-Type offers high-performance trims with supercharged V6 and V8 variants, which are accompanied by growly exhaust notes. The Jaguar isn't quite as refined as the Porsche, though, with a stiff ride and less comfortable seats.

Which Is Better: Porsche 718 Cayman or Mercedes-Benz SL?

Like the Cayman, the Mercedes-Benz SL is a two-seater, but it's a hardtop convertible, and it finishes a bit behind the Cayman in our luxury sports car rankings. The Mercedes is powerful and has a great interior, but it can't match the Cayman's handling and isn't quite as fun to drive as the Porsche. The SL has a significantly higher starting price than the 718 Cayman (by nearly $34,000), though the Cayman GT4's price climbs to nearly $100,000 before options.

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Cayman Performance

718 Cayman Engine: No Wrong Choice Here

The Cayman offers multiple engine choices, ranging from the base 300-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder up to the 414-horsepower naturally aspirated six-cylinder that moves the new GT4 trim.

Every engine makes the Cayman powerful and quick off the line. Even better, a silky six-speed manual transmission comes standard. The added muscle and torque of the larger engines will get noticed in a hurry – probably the first time you touch the gas pedal, in fact, as you get thrown back into the seat.

The base Cayman, Cayman T, and Cayman S also offer the Porsche Doppelkupplung, or PDK, transmission, which is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

718 Cayman Gas Mileage: TBD

At the time of writing, EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2020 Cayman are not available.

718 Cayman Ride and Handling: A Dream to Drive

The performance-oriented Cayman is one of the best rear-wheel-drive sports cars on the market. It is agile and responsive on curvy roads, yet comfortable enough to drive every day. A few add-ons can dial up performance considerably, and the all-new GT4 trim is more than a match for any racetrack.

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Cayman Interior

How Many People Does the Cayman Seat?

The Cayman seats two people, and it provides a good amount of room for a small sports coupe. Occupants have plenty of space, with ample head- and legroom, even for taller folks. The seats are comfortable and supportive as well.

Cayman and Child Car Seats

The Cayman, a two-seater, does not have LATCH connectors for installing child car seats. We do not recommend using a child safety seat in the front seat of any vehicle.

Cayman Interior Quality

The 718 Cayman looks good inside, with elegant styling. There are some plastics interspersed throughout the cabin, though, which keeps the Cayman from feeling as posh as some competitors.

Cayman Cargo Space

This Porsche provides about 15 cubic feet of total cargo space, which is an excellent total for the luxury sports car class. However, as the Cayman is a midengine car, that space is split between front and rear trunks. The front trunk provides 5.2 cubic feet of space, while the rear trunk provides 9.7 cubes. That 9.7-cubic-foot total is respectable in its own right, and it's enough room for a half-dozen shopping bags.

Cayman Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Cayman comes standard with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system and includes a 7-inch touch screen, eight speakers, satellite radio, HD Radio, two USB ports, and Bluetooth.

Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, Apple CarPlay, navigation, and a 10-speaker Bose or 12-speaker Burmester audio system.

The PCM interface is fairly intuitive, so you don't have to spend a lot of time learning how to use it. The touch screen is easy to reach and responds quickly, and it recognizes hand gestures in addition to touch inputs. Still, some rivals have more user-friendly systems overall.

Additionally, whereas Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard in some rivals, CarPlay is an extra-cost option in the Cayman, and Android Auto isn't available at all. In fact, the Cayman's standard features list isn't that long, by class standards.

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Cayman Reliability

Is the Porsche Cayman Reliable?

The 2020 Porsche Cayman has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Porsche Cayman Warranty

Porsche covers the 718 Cayman with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Porsche Cayman?

The cost of insuring a Porsche Cayman will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Cayman Safety

Cayman Crash Test Results

The 2020 Cayman has not been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This is common among luxury vehicles.

Cayman Safety Features

A rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors come standard. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, and blind spot monitoring.

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Cayman Dimensions and Weight

The Porsche Cayman is 14.4 to 14.6 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,010 to 3,199 pounds.

Where Is the Porsche Cayman Built?

Porsche builds the 2020 Cayman in Germany.

Which Porsche Cayman Model Is Right for Me?

The 718 Cayman is available in five trims: base, T, S, GTS, and GT4, with the T and GT4 being all-new additions to the lineup. Every trim is pretty similar from a features standpoint, so the differences come down to performance. As you climb the trim ladder, you'll find that the higher trims feature more powerful engines, chassis and suspension upgrades, or both.

There aren't any bad choices in the lineup, as every model is a luxury sports car through and through. That said, the Cayman T and Cayman S should hit the sweet spot for most buyers. The T comes with some useful suspension upgrades compared to the base trim, while the S features a larger engine with an additional 50 horsepower.

We've listed the notable standard features for each trim below, but a number of amenities can also be added individually or as part of an option package. These include performance upgrades, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, heated and ventilated seats, Apple CarPlay, navigation, and a 10-speaker Bose or 12-speaker Burmester audio system. These add-ons can cost anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

Porsche 718 Cayman

The base Cayman starts at $57,500. It comes with a 300-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. You can upgrade to the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) transmission for $3,210.

Standard features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, partial leather upholstery, and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, eight speakers, satellite radio, HD Radio, two USB ports, and Bluetooth.

Porsche 718 Cayman T

The Cayman T starts at $66,400. The T boasts the same engine as the base trim, but it's more of a driver's car. The Cayman T comes with a sport suspension, selectable drive modes, launch control, a lap timer, and Porsche Torque Vectoring, which improves performance and stability. Features-wise, the Cayman T is nearly identical to the base trim. You can upgrade to the PDK transmission for $3,730.

Porsche 718 Cayman S

The Cayman S sports a starting price of $69,900. The S has a 350-horsepower 2.5-liter turbo-four engine. In addition to its larger engine, the Cayman S features some unique styling upgrades. You can upgrade to the PDK transmission for $3,210.

Porsche 718 Cayman GTS

The Cayman GTS features torque vectoring, an active suspension system, 20-inch alloy wheels, Alcantara-trimmed leather seats, and an Alcantara steering wheel. It also comes with a 394-horsepower 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine, which is a change from previous years, when GTS trims featured four-cylinder engines. The Sport Chrono package – which includes a lap timer, launch control, and additional drive modes – is also standard. The GTS is only offered with a manual transmission.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4

The Cayman GT4 starts at $99,200. It features a 414-horsepower 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine, and like the GTS, this trim doesn't offer the PDK transmission. It also comes with some interior and performance upgrades, including a rear wing that you can adjust for increased downforce.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Porsche Cayman is pretty close to what you'd come up with if you tried to design the perfect sports car in a lab. Its handling is what makes your jaw drop, but there's plenty of power as well. The Cayman is also a comfortable cruiser, with a smooth ride, a nice – though not especially lavish – interior, and supportive seats.

It's no wonder the Cayman finishes near the top of our luxury sports car rankings. Throw in the fact that this Porsche costs far less than a number of other top sports cars, and you have a terrific value that anybody can appreciate.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "This mid-engine coupe is one of the most engaging sports cars to drive, and it offers a top-notch manual transmission at a price point where they're increasingly rare." -- Edmunds
  • "There's no point in wasting dreams or money on supercars when the 10Best-winning 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman provides a similarly stellar experience at a huge discount. Despite being near the bottom of the Porsche pyramid, the Cayman coupe and Boxster convertible … are enthralling machines that provide unrivaled feedback to the driver. Its expertly tuned chassis is supplemented by three distinct flat-four-cylinder engines and either a trusty manual or telepathic automatic transmission. Every Cayman can be personalized with countless individual options and even retains a compliant ride when not racing down roads. Sure, its coarse engine notes and uninspired interior are drawbacks, but the 2020 718 Cayman isn't a wannabe supercar – it's just an attainable one." -- Car and Driver
  • "As Porsche's smallest and most affordable sports car, the 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman isn't some watered-down VW wearing a fancy badge, it's a genuine performance machine that in its most potent form can easily rival performance giants like the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang GT350 and even the Porsche 911." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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