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2015 Porsche Cayman Review

The 2015 Porsche Cayman is nimble and fun to drive, pampering travelers with its supportive seats and handsome styling. It also boasts an outstanding reliability rating, which helps it place near the top of our luxury sports car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Robust uplevel engines
  • Comfortable seats and ride
  • Superb reliability rating
  • Base engine isn't thrilling for some

New for 2015

  • GTS model debuted
  • Rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors available

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Porsche Cayman's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Porsche Cayman has a score of 8.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 14 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.8
Performance: 9.6
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Porsche Cayman Overview

Is the 2015 Porsche Cayman a Good Used Car?

The Porsche Cayman is a fantastic coupe, earning a spot near the top of our luxury sports car rankings. It follows the long-established recipe of a European sports car: a midengine layout, two seats, and rear-wheel drive. For a much smaller price tag than the 2015 Porsche 911, the Cayman lives up to the brand's reputation for agility and refinement. If you prefer top-down driving, take a look at its twin, the convertible 2015 Porsche Boxster.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our Porsche Cayman review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 14 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2015 Porsche Cayman?

Based on listings for the 2015 Porsche Cayman on our site, the average price is $54,700. Prices range from $41,000 to $75,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Porsche Cayman Cost to Own?

The 2015 Porsche Cayman’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $38,000, or $7,600 per year. That’s about average for a luxury sports car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cayman?

Take a stroll through the Porsche dealership, and you'll notice some differences with the newest Cayman. The latest generation launched for 2017 as the Porsche 718 Cayman, and it has some notable changes compared to the previous iteration. Go with a new Cayman if you want enhanced steering, turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and the latest technology. The price increase isn't that steep, either, with the starting MSRP of a new Cayman starting at only a couple thousand dollars above the 2015's average list price.

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Even if you stumble upon a huge sale or some great deals, you'll find only a few new luxury sports car candidates with a starting price under $54,000 – the average list price of a 2015 Cayman. These include the 2019 BMW Z4, 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL, and 2019 Audi TT.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Cayman Is Best?

The 2015 Cayman belongs to a generation that was built from 2014 through 2016. The Porsche Cayman GTS joined the lineup for 2015, and the Porsche Cayman GT4 was added for 2016. Otherwise, this coupe underwent few changes, and all models make a good choice.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Porsche Cayman?

The 2015 Porsche Cayman has a stellar reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Porsche Cayman Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2015 Porsche Cayman. It addresses a potentially faulty hood lock, a failure of which may cause the hood to open while you are driving. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Porsche Cayman Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Porsche Cayman is available in three trims: Cayman, S, and GTS. Each comes with a different six-cylinder engine. The Porsche Cayman base model is no slouch, though it doesn't get up to speed as quickly as the higher-horsepower Porsche Cayman S and GTS. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission (PDK) is available with all three engines.

Standard features are mostly similar throughout the lineup and include partial leather upholstery, power-reclining sport seats, a 7-inch touch screen, a four-speaker audio system, fog lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels. In true Porsche fashion, a wealth of upgrades are available. The Sport Chrono package improves straight-line speed and enhances handling. Additional options include sport exhaust, additional leather trimmings, and surround-sound systems from Bose and Burmester.

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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 Cayman?

Like many high-end sports cars, the Porsche Cayman doesn't undergo crash test analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

No advanced safety features are standard in this sports car, though some models may come with upgrades such as adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

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2015 Porsche Cayman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Cayman or 2015 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette is one of the few luxury sports cars that deliver performance on-par with Porsche. This front-engine sports car comes as either a coupe or a convertible. In addition to the base Stingray, it's available as the 650-horsepower Z06. You'll spend about the same amount of money on the Corvette, and though you'll get more standard features and a larger trunk, some don't feel Chevrolet has the same brand cachet as Porsche. Both are good choices.

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Cayman or 2015 BMW Z4?

The 2015 BMW Z4 is a softer sports car than the Cayman. This convertible's emphasis is on cruising: It has refined engines, balanced handling, and spacious seats. By going with the Z4 over the Cayman, you'll save about $20,000 when you buy the car and around $1,000 a year on expenses such as maintenance and repairs. Those seeking an athletic coupe should stick with the Porsche, which is much sportier overall.

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2015 Cayman Performance

How Does the 2015 Porsche Cayman Drive?

The Cayman's base engine is a naturally aspirated 2.7-liter six-cylinder that produces 275 horsepower. It's decent for casual cruising but doesn't supply the blistering takeoffs that you get with the uplevel engines. For quicker acceleration, consider a Porsche Cayman S (which employs a 325-horsepower 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine) or a GTS (which is powered by a 340-horsepower 3.4-liter engine). Gearbox choices include a standard six-speed manual transmission or the optional quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission (PDK).

The Cayman's midengine layout gives it exceptional balance. Complimenting this stability is a responsive steering system and powerful brakes, which all add up to a wonderful joy ride. At the same time, the suspension system manages to keep things smooth for a comfortable ride quality.

Does the 2015 Porsche Cayman Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine, the Porsche Cayman gets good fuel economy for a luxury sports car. It earns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy drops slightly with the S and GTS models, though the average driver will only pay about $100 more a year to fuel one of these higher-horsepower editions.

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2015 Cayman Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Cayman Seat?

The Cayman seats two people and has no back seat. Its seats offer lots of room for a range of body sizes, while still providing well-designed bolsters and cushions. These keep occupants in place – and comfortable – on the curviest of roads. The cabin is refined and handsome, with a nice selection of high-quality materials.

Standard features include partial leather upholstery and power-reclining sport seats. Upgrades such as full leather seats, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable seats, heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, and uplevel sport seats with additional side bolstering are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Porsche Cayman?

As with any two-seat vehicle, we don't recommend installing child car seats in this sports car.

2015 Porsche Cayman Features

In addition to a touch screen, the Cayman comes with a helpful set of knobs and buttons, all within easy reach of the driver. Additional standard features include a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and an auxiliary audio input. Music lovers will not be impressed by the base sound system but should instead seek out the 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system or the 12-speaker Burmester surround-sound system.

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2015 Porsche Cayman Dimensions

Porsche Cayman Cargo Space

As a midengine sports car, the Cayman doesn't have much cargo space. It has a 9.7-cubic-foot trunk in the rear – which is a decent size for a luxury sports car – along with a 5.3-cubic-foot storage area at the front of the car.

2015 Cayman Length and Weight

The Porsche Cayman is 14.4 feet long. Its curb weight starts at 2,888 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight starts at 3,649 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Porsche Cayman Built?

Porsche built the 2015 Cayman in Germany.

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