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2016 Porsche Cayman Review

The 2016 Porsche Cayman offers rousing performance, thanks to its razor-sharp steering and agile handling. Still, visibility is poor, and its base engine power may underwhelm some drivers. 

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Communicative steering
  • Supportive seats
  • Tepid acceleration with base engine
  • Mediocre base stereo
  • Limited outward visibility




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Porsche Cayman Overview

Is the 2016 Porsche Cayman a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Porsche Cayman has nearly unmatched handling in the luxury sports cars class, and it gets one of the best reliability ratings in the class. Combine that with a finely crafted interior and a potent engine lineup, and you have an exceptional driver’s car. However, the Cayman's poor visibility can be an issue, and its base engine is underpowered compared to those in other sports cars.

Used 2016 Porsche Cayman Performance and Interior

The 2016 Cayman comes with a 275-horsepower 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine that produces lackluster acceleration for a sports car. Fortunately, better engines abound. A 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 325 horsepower moves the Cayman S trim, while a 340-horsepower version of the same engine powers the Cayman GTS. The Cayman GT4 is the powerhouse trim, with its 385-horsepower 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. All but the GT4 trim are available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The base Cayman with a manual transmission gets 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is impressive for a six-cylinder-powered sports car. The Cayman, in any trim, is a blast to drive. It feels at home on twisty roads, thanks to its quick, accurate steering. Its ride is fairly smooth with the stock wheels, but the GTS and GT4 models have stiffer suspensions than the lower trims.

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There are plenty of first-class materials throughout the Porsche Cayman's cockpit-like cabin, and construction is solid. The dashboard has many buttons, but they're user-friendly. The Cayman's two seats are supportive and pleasant. However, the car's thick roof pillars and high windowsills inhibit outward visibility. The Cayman has two trunks – one up front with 5.3 cubic feet of space and one in the back with 9.7 cubic feet – that total 15 cubic feet of storage space. Together, the trunks offer decent storage space for a weekend getaway.

Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen and Bluetooth. Available features include satellite radio, a USB port, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 10-speaker Bose or 12-speaker Burmester audio system. The base four-speaker stereo has poor sound quality, so finding a Cayman with one of the upgraded stereos may be worthwhile.

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Used 2016 Porsche Cayman Prices

The price of a used 2016 Porsche Cayman ranges from about $59,700 for the base model to around $96,000 for the top-of-the-line Cayman GT4. Your price may differ depending on the car's features, location, mileage, and condition.

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We Did the Research for You: 17 Pieces of Data Analyzed

This 2016 Porsche Cayman review isn't based on our personal opinions. Instead, our Best Cars staff researched and analyzed 17 pieces of data to give you a detailed overview of how the Cayman compares to other luxury sports cars.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Porsche Cayman?

The Porsche Cayman has one of the highest reliability ratings in the luxury sports car class, with a score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. Within the class, only the Porsche 911 and Porsche Boxster match that rating.

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How Safe Is the Cayman?

The 2016 Porsche Cayman, like most luxury sports cars, has not undergone crash testing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Cayman doesn’t come with any active safety features, but adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning are available.

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Should I Consider Another Used Cayman?

The 2016 Porsche Cayman is part of the car's second generation, which started with the 2014 model year. For potential savings, consider buying a 2014 or 2015 Porsche Cayman, which have many of the 2016 model's features and design. However, if you're looking for the Cayman GT4 trim, you'll need to purchase a 2016 or newer model.

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Which Used Porsche Cayman Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Cayman has four trims: base, Cayman S, GTS, and GT4. The base Cayman comes with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker audio system that produces disappointing sound quality. The Cayman S adds a USB port, an upgraded nine-speaker stereo, adaptive headlights, and a 325-horsepower engine. The Cayman GTS gets 15 more horsepower. The Cayman GT4 adds a potent 385-horsepower six-cylinder engine, along with a faux-suede steering wheel, leather and suede upholstery, dual-zone climate control, navigation, heated seats, and some unique interior and exterior design elements.

You might also 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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2016 Porsche Cayman and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche Cayman or 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL?

The Mercedes-Benz SL isn't as athletic as the Cayman, and its steering feels dull, but its balanced ride makes it a more appropriate sports car for frequent driving. The SL offers a smooth, placid ride, and its Active Body Control suspension system limits body roll. The SL has the superior base engine: a twin-turbo V6 with 54 more horsepower than the Cayman's base six-cylinder. There are also two exceptionally powered V8 and V12 engines available. The SL's interior offers upscale materials and two seats with lots of head- and legroom.

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche Cayman or 2016 Porsche 911?

The Porsche 911 is the slightly more appealing sports car because its base engine is much stronger than the Cayman's. The 911 comes with a 350-horsepower 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine that delivers lightning-fast acceleration. Several more-powerful engines are available, including the 911 Turbo S' 560-horsepower, twin-turbocharged six-cylinder. The 911 has phenomenal handling ability, strong brakes, and quick steering. Additionally, its smooth ride makes it an appealing car for daily driving.

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