Porsche 911 Interior
The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera is slightly larger than the 2011 model, but reviewers say that its back seats are still small. However, two adults will sit comfortably up front. The 911 also earns praise for its straightforward switchgear and high-quality cabin, which borrows styling cues from the Porsche Panamera. More than one test driver also says that the 911 Cabriolet is quiet at speed, thanks to its well-engineered convertible top.
- "The power top does an excellent job of eliminating wind noise, and it takes only 13 seconds to hide it beneath the hard tonneau." -- Car and Driver (911 Cabriolet)
- "Leather surfaces are top-notch and plastics are convincingly grained to match." -- Edmunds
- "Top up there is no sense from the passenger compartment that it's a Cabriolet: It's quiet, warm and produces absolutely no buffeting or whistling." -- Road and Track
- "Invoking one of my pet peeves, Porsche puts the USB port, which works with a white iPod cable or USB drive, in the glove compartment. That placement is fine when keeping a music library on a USB drive plugged into the car, but very inconvenient for an iPhone." -- CNET
Porsche says that the 2012 911 Carrera has more front- and rear-seat legroom. However, test drivers agree that the 911’s back seat is just as snug as it’s always been. Most like that the front seats are comfortable and supportive, offering enough adjustability to accommodate nearly any driver. Available options include front seats that are heated and ventilated, as well as adaptive sport seats and a heated steering wheel.
- "For the record, it also means that the 911's famously unusable rear seats remain famously unusable. At least for human-sized beings." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Roomy footwells and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel mean the 911 can accommodate drivers of nearly all sizes." -- Edmunds
- "The 991 interior gives drivers about an inch of additional legroom, with rear passengers getting more than half an inch added on (it's still very tight for rear passengers)." -- Los Angeles Times
Reviewers are generally pleased with the redesigned 911 Carrera’s interior features. The bulk of the 911’s electronics are controlled through the Porsche Communication Management system, which includes a 7-inch touch-screen display with navigation, Bluetooth and a USB/iPod port. In general, test drivers appreciate the 911’s straightforward controls. However, one reviewer comments that the USB port is in the glovebox, which isn’t ideal for iPhone users. They also like the Cabriolet’s convertible top, which can be raised or lowered while driving at speeds up to 31 mph.
- "Interior controls are relatively simple to operate, and items like navigation, Bluetooth, the iPod interface and ventilated seats help make this sports car a viable daily driver." -- Edmunds
- "The ability to raise or lower the top in 13 seconds, even while traveling at low speeds, means finding shelter from the cold and the rain at an intersection or stoplight is effortless." -- Road and Track (911 Cabriolet)
- "CNET's car came with the Bose system, a $1,590 option. It produced very clean, enjoyable sound, but did not have the richness of an audiophile system." -- CNET
- "A new, high-res 4.8-inch screen in the dash cluster provides eye-line access to navigation and other features, which now include a G-Force display." -- Jalopnik
The Porsche 911 Carrera is a luxury sports car, so don’t expect it to hold a lot of your stuff. Porsche says there’s 4.76 cubic feet of space in the coupe, while the 911 Carrera Cabriolet has 5.47 cubic feet of space.
- "Realistically, their flip-down seatbacks create a useful parcel shelf big enough to hold a golf bag." -- Edmunds