Porsche 911 Review
The 2015 Porsche 911 ranks 4 out of 12 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.
The 2015 Porsche 911 is among the most agile and exciting sports cars available, critics say, and thanks to its comfortable, luxurious cabin, it's also easy to live with on a daily basis.
The base 2015 911 Carrera comes with a 350-horsepower, six-cylinder engine, and test drivers write that it sounds great and provides quick acceleration. If you need more power, you should consider the higher-end 911s, which range from the 400-horsepower Carrera S to the 560-horsepower Turbo S. The 911 comes standard with a seven-speed manual transmission, which some critics say is difficult to shift. However, they agree that the seven-speed automated manual transmission is a great option that provides very quick gear changes. The 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera gets an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class. Test drivers agree that the 911 is one of the sharpest-handling sports cars on the market, with extraordinarily responsive steering and powerful brakes. They also say it has a smooth ride that makes it comfortable on a daily commute.
According to reviewers, the 2015 Porsche 911's cabin has a sporty design and is also luxurious, well-built and loaded with premium materials. The 911 has several seating options, and critics say almost all of them are supportive and provide plenty of head- and legroom, even for taller occupants. Most auto writers think the 911's dashboard controls are user-friendly, but some note that the navigation system and radio can be difficult to adjust. Standard features in the 2015 Porsche 911 include dual-zone automatic climate control and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system, which includes navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, a 12-speaker Bose or Burmester sound system, satellite radio, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors and a sunroof on coupe models. Targa models feature a power-retractable center roof panel, while Cabriolet models have a power-operated convertible soft top.
- "One of the most iconic and instantly recognizable sports cars in all of automotivedom, the latest Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe delivers an exquisite driving experience marked by impeccable performance and surprisingly high levels of luxury." -- Left Lane News
- "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
- "The 2015 Porsche 911 may not be the fastest sports car for the money, but its timeless character and style make it easily one of the most desirable." -- 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 (2014)
Other Cars to Consider
The Chevrolet Corvette costs less than the base 911 and has more horsepower. Reviewers say it offers nimble handling, a composed ride and impressive acceleration. They also appreciate its large trunk and easy-to-use touch-screen infotainment system.
Test drivers write that the Jaguar F-Type has a luxurious interior with top-notch materials and a user-friendly navigation system. According to critics, the F-Type also offers a powerful supercharged V6 engine and athletic handling.
Details: 2015 Porsche 911
The 2015 Porsche 911 seats four, except for the GT3 model, which seats two. The 911 is available in coupe, convertible (Cabriolet) and Targa body styles. Trims range from the base 911 Carrera, which has a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine, a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, to the top-of-the-line 911 Turbo S, which features a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder, a seven-speed automated manual transmission (PDK) and all-wheel drive. The 911's last major redesign debuted in 2012, and it has seen few major changes since. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2015 model years.