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8.5

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.6
Safety: N/A
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2015 Porsche Cayman Review

The 2015 Porsche Cayman is an engaging sports car, critics say, with nimble handling, sharp steering and potent engine options.

Pros & Cons

  • Masterful handling
  • Potent available engines
  • Comfortable ride in world-class interior
  • High predicted reliability rating
  • Base engine short on passing power
  • Poor sound quality with base audio system

New for 2015

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

2015 Porsche Cayman Overview

Is the 2015 Porsche Cayman a Good Used Car?

Without question, the Cayman is a fantastic luxury sports car. Few offer its level of performance, quality, and luxury. However, you’ll want to avoid the base Cayman. It doesn’t pack quite the punch of the higher trims, and the standard audio system has poor sound quality.

Used 2015 Porsche Cayman Performance and Interior

The Cayman comes with one of three six-cylinder engines. First, the base Cayman features a 2.7-liter engine that produces 275 horsepower and 213 pound-feet of torque. For more power, upgrade to the Cayman S and its 3.4-liter engine, which increases those numbers by 50 horsepower and 60 pound-feet of torque. New for 2015, the GTS has a retooled version of the S’ engine. It puts out 340 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

Though peppy, the base engine may leave you wanting for more grunt when overtaking other cars. For rapid acceleration and effortless passing, you’ll want the S or the GTS. The Cayman is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or Porsche’s PDK seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. PDK-equipped GTS models with the Sport Chrono package are the quickest of the bunch, accelerating from zero to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.

As a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe, the Cayman has excellent balance around turns, resulting in surgical handling. High-speed zig-zagging through curves reveals the Cayman’s high cornering limits, as it remains stubbornly glued to the road. With its exceptional ride quality, it can also serve double duty as a road tripper. The Cayman returns a respectable 19-22 mpg in the city and 26-31 mpg on the highway.

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The Cayman showcases a sumptuous interior, with soft-touch dash materials, power-reclining sport seats, and leather upholstery. Well-equipped models have heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, Alcantara dash trim, and upgraded sport seats with thicker side bolsters. The Cayman has cozy accommodations for two without feeling too tight. The seats offer good side support and ample head- and legroom for most folks.

Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and an auxiliary jack. Audio and climate functions rely mostly on physical buttons and knobs, which are easy to use. The standard audio system has dull sound quality, which makes either one of the available 10-speaker Bose or 12-speaker Burmester audio systems worth the extra dough. Other noteworthy upgrades include dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a six-disc CD changer, a USB port, HD Radio, and satellite radio.

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Used 2015 Porsche Cayman Prices

The price of a base Cayman model is about $47,800. On the other end of the spectrum, you should expect to pay around $68,800 for a Porsche Cayman GTS. Aside from trim level, a vehicle's demand, condition, mileage, and location affect its price.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Porsche Cayman?

The 2015 Porsche Cayman has a rock solid predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. A score of three is considered average.

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How Safe Is the Cayman?

As with many high-priced luxury vehicles, the 2015 Cayman has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Like many luxury sports cars, the Cayman offers few advanced safety features. Adaptive cruise control and a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors are available.

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Should I Consider Another Used Cayman?

The second generation of the Cayman began with the 2014 model year and includes the 2017 Porsche Cayman. For 2015, Porsche introduced the Cayman GTS and added a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors to the list of available features. Power fiends should seek out a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4, which makes 45 more horsepower than the 2015 Cayman GTS. Otherwise, save your money and get a 2014 or 2015 model.

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Which Used Porsche Cayman Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Porsche Cayman comes in three trims: Cayman, S, and GTS. To ensure you can hold your own against the competition, you’ll want the Porsche Cayman S or GTS. Each offers a potent six-cylinder engine.

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned model as well. For its CPO 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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2015 Porsche Cayman and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Cayman or 2015 Jaguar F-Type?

Like the Cayman, the Jaguar F-Type delivers sharp handling and a smooth ride. It offers several engines – including a V8 that can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, which is a couple of blinks faster than the Cayman GTS. However, most shoppers are still better off with the Cayman. The F-Type’s steering feels overly assisted at times, and the car’s firm, thinly padded seats aren’t as supportive as the Cayman’s on long trips. Although the F-Type has a mostly high-quality interior, there are a few hard plastic trim pieces that contradict its hefty price tag.

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

When it comes to base engine power, the similarly priced Chevy Corvette has the edge over the Porsche Cayman. Likewise, the top-level Corvette Z06 trim zooms from zero to 60 mph quicker than the high-end Cayman GTS model – just 2.95 seconds. The Corvette offers more standard features, including a rearview camera and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Although the Corvette earned an average predicted reliability rating, it’s not as high as the Cayman’s. The Corvette also trails the Cayman in fuel efficiency – though, keep in mind, its standard engine is larger and more powerful than the Cayman's. Either car would make a fine choice, as they both provide extraordinary handling, a comfortable ride, and an exquisite cabin.

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Cayman or 2015 Porsche Boxster?

The Porsche Boxster is essentially a convertible version of the Cayman. The Boxster features the same powertrain lineup, but each engine produces 10 horsepower less than its Cayman equivalent. Still, some may favor sun exposure over the extra power.

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