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2014 Porsche Cayman Review

The 2014 Porsche Cayman scores high in our rankings. Its six-cylinder engines are potent and its handling is deft. The interior provides a comfortable space for driver and passengers alike, but there’s relatively little standard equipment for a luxury sports car.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Accurate steering
  • Clean cabin layout
  • Comfortable seats
  • Rough ride with 20-inch wheels




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Porsche Cayman Overview

Is the 2014 Porsche Cayman a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Porsche Cayman is an extremely good used sports car. This hard-top two-seater’s combination of handling and horsepower is matched by few rivals. Its reliability is very good, and its ownership costs are competitive. The interior is the only area where the Cayman doesn’t excel; competitors offer more standard features, like dual-zone automatic climate control, full-power seats, and full-leather seats. Still, this sparse base interior is by no means a deal breaker.

Used 2014 Porsche Cayman Performance and Interior

The base 2014 Cayman is powered by a 275-horsepower 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine. The Cayman S has a 325-horsepower 3.4-liter flat-six engine with a top speed of 174 mph. The Cayman S is more potent, but the base Cayman has more than enough power for everyday driving. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard with both, while a seven-speed automatic transmission is available. The automatic transmission, called PDK, might be the better choice if you’ll be commuting in heavy traffic. All Cayman models feature a standard Sport button for more aggressive engine response.

The rear-wheel-drive, midengine Cayman has nimble handling. Its platform that was first developed for the Porsche 911 Carrera. Handling sharpens with the available Sport Chrono package that uses special gearbox mounts. The Cayman’s ride is generally smooth, but models riding on 20-inch wheels tend to feel rougher.

The base Cayman with the dual-clutch automatic transmission has EPA fuel economy estimates of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The Cayman S trim with the manual transmission has estimates of 20/27 mpg city/highway.

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Partial leather sport seats are standard in the two-seat Cayman. Some models will have heated and ventilated seats, full power seat adjustments, upgraded leather, and seats with greater bolstering. The standard seats are comfortable, but rearward visibility is limited because of the Cayman’s large rear pillars.

The Cayman’s standard interior features include a four-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen and Bluetooth. Available features include the Porsche Communication Management infotainment control system, navigation, and a USB port. The Cayman's infotainment and climate controls are logically arranged, which helps give the cabin a clean layout. The Cayman, unlike some competitors, has real knobs as opposed to computer controls.

The Cayman’s 15 cubic feet of cargo space sounds good, but it’s divided into two smaller trunks: 5.3 cubic feet in the front and 9.7 cubic feet in the rear. The front trunk is large enough for a duffel bag, while the generously sized rear trunk can hold luggage for a weekend getaway.

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Used 2014 Porsche Cayman Prices

The price of a used 2014 Porsche Cayman ranges from about $43,500 for the base trim to around $52,500 for the S trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Porsche Cayman?

The 2014 Porsche Cayman has an excellent reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Cayman?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tested the 2014 Porsche Cayman. The Cayman also has no standard active safety features, but adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors are available.

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Should I Consider Another Used Cayman?

The 2014 Cayman is the first year of the two-door luxury sports car’s third generation. The Porsche Cayman GTS model was introduced for the 2015 model year and offers a 340-horsepower six-cylinder engine and an available rearview camera. The 2014 will likely cost you less, but you’ll miss out on the 2015 GTS’ features. 

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Which Used Porsche Cayman Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Porsche Cayman is available in two trims: base and S. The differences between the two include engine size, horsepower output, cosmetic touches, and wheel size. The base Cayman has partial-leather power seats, a multifunction display, and a 7-inch infotainment system. The S has standard auto-leveling high-intensity discharge headlights. The base Cayman is the best choice. Its performance attributes will easily master most American roads, and you won’t have to pay for the higher-priced S trim and its more powerful six-cylinder engine.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Cayman. 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 – though Porsche places total mileage limits on this warranty. 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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2014 Porsche Cayman and Other Cars to Consider

The 2014 Porsche Boxster is the soft-top roadster sibling of the Cayman. It’s a great choice if you want some top-down driving fun. The Boxster and Cayman share the same platforms, similar engines, and nearly identical equipment lists.

Which Is Better: 2014 Porsche Cayman or 2014 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, available as a coupe or convertible, has a standard V8 that is all about brute acceleration. The Cayman has a more refined six-cylinder engine that still accelerates and passes with ease. Both have good handling: the Porsche because of its midengine placement, and the front-engine Vette because of its four-mode suspension system (Eco, Tour, Sport, and Track). The Corvette features standard equipment that the Cayman lacks, like dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and satellite radio. The Cayman costs more to own than the Corvette, but the Porsche does have a better reliability score. In the end, the choice between the two comes down to your driving taste. Neither will disappoint.

Which Is Better: 2014 Porsche Cayman or 2014 Jaguar F-Type?

The 2014 Jaguar F-Type, available only as a convertible, has the edge in performance over the Cayman. The Jag has a more powerful 340-horsepower V6 engine, and its handling feels planted and composed regardless of weather. The F-Type also has more standard interior features, including a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, navigation, and an 8-inch touch-screen display. However, the Jaguar has only average reliability, while the Cayman is known for its excellent reliability. The Jag also has slightly higher ownership costs. Those factors give the Cayman the edge as the better choice.

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