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2018 Porsche Cayman Review

The 2018 Porsche Cayman ranks in the top half of the luxury sports car class. Not only does it have premium cabin materials and a lineup of powerful engines, but it’s also one of the most athletic models in the segment.

Pros & Cons

  • Lithe handling
  • Potent engine lineup
  • Good fuel economy estimates
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Premium cabin materials
  • Infotainment system takes time to master
  • Fewer standard features than competitors

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Porsche Cayman's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Porsche Cayman has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 14 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 9.4
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.9
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Cayman is a great luxury sports car. It has a refined and elegant cabin, and its sharp steering and strong brakes help make it fun to drive.

The 2018 Cayman has plenty of good traits:

  • Above-average fuel economy estimates
  • Dynamic handling
  • Strong engines
  • Upscale cabin materials
  • Good cargo capacity
  • Select ownership costs are low for the class

It also has a couple shortcomings:

  • Infotainment system can be tricky to use
  • Fewer standard features than rivals

There is also a convertible variant of this Porsche, called the 718 Boxster, which we review separately.

Compare the Cayman and Boxster »

Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Porsche Cayman review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 14 automotive sources.

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman?

Used 2018 models are beginning to appear on dealer lots. Based on listings for the 2018 Porsche Cayman on our site, the average price is $66,400. Prices range from $53,500 to $81,400 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman Cost to Own?

The 2018 Cayman’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $34,560, or $6,912 per year. That’s well below-average among luxury sports cars.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 718 Cayman?

Aside from the introduction of the Cayman GTS (the first of this generation), this Porsche is largely unchanged for 2019. You can spend less and get a virtually identical 2018 model instead.

Read about the new Cayman »

Porsche redesigned the Cayman for the 2017 model year, adding the 718 prefix to its name and replacing the flat-six engines from the previous generation with turbocharged four-cylinders. Other notable additions included the availability of Apple CarPlay and blind spot monitoring. No major changes occurred for 2018, so you could save a lot of money by sticking with a similar 2017 Cayman.

You can save even more money with a model from the previous generation. You’d have to get a model from 2016 or earlier to find a Cayman GT4, as Porsche discontinued that trim when it  redesigned the Cayman for 2017.

Compare the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Cayman »

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How Reliable Is the 2018 718 Cayman?

The 2018 Porsche Cayman has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2018 Porsche Cayman:

  • A fuel leak may increase the risk of a fire
  • The air bags may fail to deploy in an accident

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Porsche 718 Cayman Trim Is Right for Me?

The fixed-roof, midengine Cayman is available in two main trim levels: base and S. There is also a convertible variant of this Porsche, called the 718 Boxster, which we review separately.

The main difference between the two trims is the engine under the hood, since both trims have essentially the same available features. Some models come equipped with sport seats, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable seats, heated and ventilated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, a navigation system, and a Bose or Burmester stereo.

  • Porsche 718 Cayman: The base 718 Cayman has a 300-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The standard Porsche Communication Management infotainment system features a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. Automatic climate control, partial-leather seats, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera are also standard.
  • Porsche 718 Cayman S: The 718 Cayman S has a 350-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It also gains a few sporty enhancements, such as red brake calipers and other distinctive exterior and interior styling elements.

See 2018 Porsche Cayman trims and specs »

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 718 Cayman?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2018 Porsche Cayman. That’s common among high-end luxury vehicles.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • lane change assist
  • blind spot monitoring
  • forward collision warning with brake assist
  • adaptive cruise control

See Cayman safety scores »

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Porsche Cayman or 2018 Porsche Boxster?

The 2018 Porsche Boxster is the convertible version of the Cayman. The Boxster has identical engine options, gas mileage, and interior materials, as well as similar features. The Boxster and the Cayman have the same predicted reliability rating, too. On average, buying the Cayman will save you around $5,200 compared to the Boxster. On the other hand, the Boxster has lower select ownership costs over five years. Choosing between these two sports cars is a matter of preference.

Which Is Better: 2018 Porsche Cayman or 2018 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette is another great luxury sports car. It’s also a two-seater, and it’s available as either a coupe with a removable roof panel or a convertible. The Corvette coupe has a larger trunk than the Cayman, though the Porsche’s total cargo space is similar when you factor in its front trunk. The Chevy has lower select ownership costs and more standard features, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Its engine lineup includes two brawny V8 engines mated to an automatic or manual transmission. On the other hand, the Cayman has better fuel economy estimates and a slightly higher predicted reliability rating. You can’t go wrong picking either of these two cars.

Compare the Cayman, Boxster, and Corvette »

2018 718 Cayman Performance

How Does the 2018 718 Cayman Drive?

The base Cayman gets plenty of power for most driving situations from its turbocharged flat-four engine, helping the car feel brisk and peppy. The stronger engine in the Cayman S is even more satisfying. When equipped with the Sport Chrono package, the 718 Cayman S can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4 seconds.

Responsive steering and athletic handling help make this coupe one of the most thrilling vehicles in its class. An active suspension system and ceramic brakes are available.

  • Base engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engine: 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 350 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual; available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (identified as the Porsche Doppelkupplung, or PDK)
Does the 2018 718 Cayman Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Porsche Cayman gets EPA estimates that are slightly above average for the luxury sports car class.

  • Cayman, manual: 21/28 mpg city/highway
  • Cayman, automatic: 22/29 mpg
  • Cayman S, manual: 20/26 mpg
  • Cayman S, automatic: 21/28 mpg

There is also a convertible variant of this Porsche, called the 718 Boxster, which we review separately.

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2018 718 Cayman Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Cayman Seat?

This luxury coupe seats two people. There’s ample head- and legroom for most people, and though getting in and out can be a little tricky due to its low-slung cabin, it’s not overly difficult. Cabin materials and build quality are impeccable, rivaling even the pricier 2018 Porsche 911 for sophistication.

Standard seating features:

  • partial leather upholstery

Available seating features:

  • full leather upholstery
  • heated and ventilated seats
  • 14- or 18-way power-adjustable seats
  • sport seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman?

Like many two-seaters, there are no LATCH connectors in this luxury sports car. We do not recommend installing a child car seat in the front seat of any vehicle.

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman Features

The Porsche Communication Management infotainment interface takes time to master, but it’s simple enough once you get the hang of it. The touch screen is mounted a little low, which can make it hard to see at quick glance. Apple CarPlay is available, but Android Auto is not.

For more information, read What is Apple CarPlay? and What is Android Auto?

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system, two USB ports, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker Bose stereo, and a 12-speaker Burmester sound system
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control and proximity keyless entry

See 2018 Porsche Cayman specs »

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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman Dimensions

Porsche 718 Cayman Cargo Space

With its midengine layout, this coupe has a 9.7-cubic-foot primary trunk, as well as an additional 5.2 cubic feet of space under the hood, where the engine in most cars would be. That’s a total of almost 15 cubic feet of space, which is great for a luxury sports car.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,944 to 3,054 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 3,648 to 3,736 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman Built?

Porsche built the 2018 Cayman in Germany.

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