Porsche 911 Review
The 2014 Porsche 911 ranks 4 out of 13 Luxury Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Porsche 911, as well as reliability and safety data.
Test drivers agree that the 2014 Porsche 911 is an iconic sports car with exemplary handling, powerful engine options and a beautifully constructed, luxurious interior.
The 2014 911 Carrera comes standard with a 350-horsepower, six-cylinder engine, and reviewers think it is plenty potent for most sports car buyers. If stronger acceleration is desired, higher-end trims range from the 400-horsepower Carrera S to the 560-horsepower Turbo S. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard and a seven-speed automated manual (PDK) transmission is available. Critics report that the PDK transmission delivers lightning-fast gear changes, but some say it can be hard to find the right gear with the seven-speed manual. According to the EPA, the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera gets 19/27 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission, which is good compared to its closest rivals. Automotive journalists agree that the 2014 911 offers an exceptionally exhilarating driving experience, thanks to its lively handling, sharp steering and powerful brakes. They add that the 911’s ride is firm, yet comfortable.
Test drivers say the 2014 Porsche 911 has a luxurious, driver-focused cabin with high-quality materials. They write that its front seats are comfortable and spacious, even for taller people, but say its rear seats are too small for passengers. The 911 also has less cargo space than many competing sports cars, though reviewers agree that it offers enough room for a shopping trip. Automotive journalists like that the Cabriolet model's convertible top can be quickly raised and lowered at speeds up to 31 mph, and that it helps keep wind noise suppressed when raised. Some reviewers write that the 911’s audio and navigation systems are pretty easy to use, but others think they have a bit of a learning curve. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker stereo system and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, which includes a 7-inch touch-screen display with navigation, Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include adaptive cruise control, Bose or Burmester sound systems, satellite and HD Radio and front and rear park assist.
- "Whether you're looking for a comfortable cruiser, an exciting weekend warrior or a dedicated track toy, the 911 works as a one-size-fits-all solution." -- AutoTrader
- "When it comes to performance and sophistication, the 2014 Porsche 911, in its many variants, is one of the best cars ever produced. If a high-end sports car is in your future, this car belongs on your short list." -- Edmunds
- "If your automotive ambitions include owning one of the world's best all-around sports cars, a Porsche 911 of any stripe is sure to fit the bill. Steeped in racing heritage, this wholly modern version of Porsche's seminal offering delivers a near-perfect combination of power, handling and everyday civility." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The 2013 Porsche 911 is a civilized sports car that embraces the needs of both luxury- and performance-minded car buyers in a way that prior generations never have." -- Cars.com (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is more powerful than the base 911 and costs less. It also has a more spacious cargo area than most rivals, and reviewers appreciate its outstanding handling and eye-catching, tech-filled interior.
The Nissan GT-R costs about the same as the 911 Carrera S, and is about as powerful as the range-topping 911 Turbo S. Test drivers love the GT-R’s blistering acceleration and strong brakes, as well as the tenacious grip provided by its standard all-wheel drive system.
Details: 2014 Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 seats four and is available in coupe, convertible (Cabriolet) and Targa body styles. A horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine and a seven-speed manual transmission are standard in the base 911, and a seven-speed dual-clutch (PDK) transmission is optional. Ten total trims are offered: Carrera, Carrera S, GT3 and 50th Anniversary Edition trims have rear-wheel drive, while Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa 4, Targa 4S, Turbo and Turbo S trims have all-wheel drive. The 911 Carrera and Carrera S models were redesigned for 2012. All other models were redesigned for the 2013 and 2014 model years. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2014 model years.