2009 Porsche Cayman


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$17,643 - $21,313
$50,300 - $60,200

Pros & Cons

  • Dynamic sports car performance
  • Sexy exterior design
  • Comfortable and supportive seats
  • Above average cargo room
  • Some cabin controls too small and hard to use

9.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 7.8
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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2009 Porsche Cayman Overview

Slightly refreshed for the 2009 model-year, the Cayman is a fixed-roof version of the highly-acclaimed Porsche Boxster. Like its sibling, the Cayman receives accolades for its powerful engine options and superior handling dynamics. Add to that its sleek, head-turning design and comfortable, yet lavish, interior appointments and its easy to see why the Cayman receives as much praise as it does. "Some less-expensive sports cars challenge Cayman on a fun-per-dollar basis, and some like-priced competitors deliver more outright power," writes Consumer Guide. "Few, however, match this Recommended pick's range of strengths: road manners and mechanical sophistication to satisfy the most discriminating driver, a good dose of everyday usability, and the cachet of the Porsche name."

Still, if you're in the market for a high-end two-passenger sports coupe, check out the Chevy Corvette and Lotus Exige. While neither is as luxurious as the Cayman, they're both just as thrilling to drive. The all-new Nissan 370Z also makes a great choice, especially if you're on a budget.

The 2009 Cayman is available in two trims: the base Cayman and more powerful Cayman S.

  • "Lithe on the road, fluidly seductive in appearance, and positively alive in your hands: It's now, in my humble opinion, very simply the best sports car in the world." -- Motor Trend
  • "Potentially... the Cayman S (named imaginatively for a breed of crocodile, not the remote Caribbean islands) combines the best of the Boxster and 911: the rigidity of a coupe body (like the Carrera's) combined with the superior weight distribution delivered by the Boxster's mid-engine layout." -- Car and Driver
  • "Is it worth it? Yes it is, assuming you have $90,000 to fritter away on a two-seat coupe. Once inside the cabin, the Cayman S PDK feels exactly as we remember every previous Cayman S feeling, which is to say fantastic. It still has utterly telepathic steering, a rousing engine note and an achingly beautiful rear end." -- Edmunds
  • "This is the sort of car that you wear like a tailored suit. The driver's seat envelops you, the steering wheel, pedals and shifter are placed where you expect to find them, and the car feeds back marvelous tactile sensations that are rare and special in the driving experience." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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