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2017 Porsche Cayman Review

The 2017 Porsche Cayman ranks among the very best luxury sports cars, thanks to its brawny engines and world-class handling.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch handling
  • Impressive engine power
  • Comfortable interior
  • High price

2017 Porsche Cayman Overview

Is the 2017 Porsche Cayman a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Porsche Cayman is an excellent luxury sports car. It boasts some of the most exhilarating driving dynamics in the class, offering precise steering and corner-carving agility. Whether you choose its base engine or the larger available engine, there’s power to spare. The Cayman’s comfortable interior is composed of first-rate materials. The Cayman has many optional technology and safety features, but the majority are only available in packages. As a result, it might take you some time to find a model equipped the way you want it.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 12 Porsche Cayman reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Porsche Cayman?

There are nearly 70 listings for the 2017 Porsche Cayman on our dealer inventory pages, with prices starting at $55,000 and climbing to $76,000. The average list price is $67,000. Prices vary based on a number of factors, including trim, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Porsche Cayman Cost to Own?

As of this writing, we do not have five-year estimated expenses for the 2017 Porsche Cayman.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Porsche Cayman?

Pricing on a 2018 Porsche Cayman starts at $56,900. The Cayman S model starts at $69,300. Porsches are highly configurable, and prices can quickly top $120,000 or more. Little has changed from 2017, so you can save money and still get a very similar vehicle.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Cayman Is Best?

The fully redesigned 2017 Cayman is the first model of the car’s third generation. Earlier models like the 2015 or 2016 Cayman are also excellent, but they don’t have the 2017’s new, powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engines or retooled steering. You’ll want a 2015 or 2016 model if you prefer the naturally aspirated engines. However, you’ll get a great vehicle regardless of the model year you choose.

How Reliable Is the 2017 Porsche Cayman?

J.D. Power has not provided a predicted reliability rating for the Cayman.

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2017 Porsche Cayman Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Porsche Cayman has three reported recalls. Two concern air bags failing to deploy, while another involves a fuel leak. Make sure these issues are resolved before you purchase a 2017 Cayman.  

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Which Used Porsche Cayman Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Porsche Cayman is available in two models: the base Cayman and the Cayman S. Previously, a Porsche Cayman GTS and Porsche Cayman GT4 were available. Porsche combined the Cayman with its convertible Boxster variant under the official 718 designation. We review the 2017 Porsche Boxster separately.

Choosing between the 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S comes down to which engine you prefer, as most optional features are available exclusively in packages. Unless you plan to take the Cayman out on the track, the base model’s turbocharged four-cylinder produces more than enough power for all driving situations. Most drivers probably wouldn’t notice the power difference between these engines. Additionally, the money you could save by opting for the smaller engine can go toward a model that comes with the features you desire.

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Certified Pre-Owned Porsche Cayman Warranty

Certified pre-owned cars are great options for used car shoppers. 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.

Porsche’s CPO program offers a good amount of benefits and services. However, our analysis shows that rivals like Mercedes and Lexus have superior CPO programs.

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How Safe Is the Cayman?

There are no available crash test results for the 2017 Porsche Cayman or any of its classmates, including the 2017 911, 2017 Boxster, and 2017 Chevrolet Corvette. Safety agencies rarely evaluate luxury sports cars due to the costs associated with crash testing.

A rearview camera comes standard, along with front and rear parking sensors. Available active safety features include blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and automatic cruise control.

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2017 Porsche Cayman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Porsche Cayman or 2017 Porsche 911?

The 2017 Porsche 911 holds a few advantages over its class sibling, the Cayman. The 911 is a better sports car overall. It comes with an adaptive suspension, and its base engine produces 70 more horsepower than the Cayman’s. The 911 is also a bit more practical; it has two rear seats, though leg space is quite limited. It also has a bigger trunk. However, you can pay almost twice as much for a 911. The Cayman’s value will appeal to more shoppers, making it the better car for most buyers.

Which Is Better: 2017 Porsche Cayman or 2017 Chevrolet Corvette?

Power-hungry drivers may prefer the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette to the Cayman. While the Cayman’s max output of 350 horsepower, the Corvette’s base V8 engine produces 455 horsepower. The Corvette’s available supercharged V8 gets you 650 horsepower. Both the Corvette and Cayman feature tight and precise steering. However, the Porsche has a slight edge in handling, with excellent weight distribution and a lower center of gravity thanks to its midengine layout. Although both cars offer satisfying driving dynamics, the Corvette has the speed advantage, and the Cayman dominates with handling.

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2017 Porsche Cayman Performance

How Does the 2017 Porsche Cayman Drive?

The midengine 2017 Porsche Cayman comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The Cayman S has a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that generates 350 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available.

According to Porsche, the base Cayman goes from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, or as quickly as 4.5 seconds with the automatic transmission and launch control. It has a top track speed of 170 mph. The Cayman S goes from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, or as quickly as 4 seconds with added performance options. It hits a top track speed of 177 mph.

Power and acceleration are potent from both engines, and most drivers won’t need the extra power of the larger engine. The optional automatic transmission is particularly impressive, delivering seamless and accurate shifts to maximize the engine's output.

The 2017 Cayman outperforms its competitors (as well as earlier Cayman models). To put it simply, the Cayman is one of the best-handling cars on the market. Road grip is excellent in fast corners, and the ride quality is comfortable enough for everyday driving.

Does the 2017 Porsche Cayman Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine and the automatic transmission, expect 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is decent for the class. If you upgrade to the Cayman S with an automatic transmission, you lose 1 mpg in the city and on the highway.

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2017 Porsche Cayman Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Porsche Cayman Seat?

The Porsche Cayman seats two on partial leather upholstery. Seating upgrades include full leather or premium leather upholstery, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable seats, heated and ventilated seats, and upgraded sport seats.

The cabin feels open, with seats that are roomy, comfortable, and supportive. Sport seats are available, but they provide a negligible difference. Rear visibility is somewhat hindered by the roofline. The 2017 Porsche Cayman’s interior has mostly high-quality materials, but there are some design quirks. For example, Porsche leaves some buttons blank if the model is missing certain available features. It’s a minor annoyance, but it’s one you don’t expect when paying this much for a car.

2017 Porsche Cayman Features

Standard features include automatic climate control, a six-speaker sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button start, interior lighting accents, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose surround sound system, a 12-speaker Burmester premium sound system, Apple CarPlay, and Porsche Car Connect.

The infotainment system has a sharp display and user-friendly controls that are canted toward the driver, which helps keep your eyes focused on the road ahead, and not on the infotainment screen.

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2017 Porsche Cayman Dimensions

Porsche Cayman Cargo Space

Because of its midengine design, the 2017 Porsche Cayman has two trunks. The front trunk has 5.3 cubic feet of space, and the rear trunk has 9.7 cubic feet. The Cayman's total volume is good for a luxury sports car, but there isn't much in-cabin storage.

2017 Cayman Length and Weight

The 2017 Porsche Cayman is about 14.4 feet long. The base model has a curb weight of 2,944 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating is 3,648 pounds. The Cayman S has a curb weight of 2,988 pounds and a gross vehicle weight rating of 3,670 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Porsche Cayman Built?

Porsche manufactured the 2017 Cayman in Germany.  

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