2013 Porsche 911 Interior
This interior review was written when the 2013 Porsche 911 was new.
Test drivers agree that the 2013 Porsche 911 features a driver-focused cockpit that’s built with opulent materials that include leather, as well as optional aluminum and carbon fiber trim. Some note that even the interior plastics look and feel premium, while others point out that convertible models are quiet at speed. An available Burmester audio system earns praise for its outstanding sound quality, and critics agree that the 911’s front seats offer plenty of head- and legroom.
- "It strikes a great balance between sports-car purposeful and country-club opulence. Materials quality is top notch, with high-grade leather and beautifully textured plastics. Assembly quality on the models we've tested has been superb." -- Consumer Guide
- "Exceptional build quality and superior materials are consistent throughout the varied Porsche 911 lineup. Leather surfaces are top-notch and plastics are convincingly grained to match. Optional genuine leather, aluminum and carbon fiber are impeccable." -- Edmunds
- "The interior of the 2013 Porsche 911 feels familiar, with round gauges, an ignition placed left of the steering wheel, lush materials throughout and, of course, rear seats sized for little more than whisking Frodo to the shire." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2012 911 Cabriolet)
The Porsche 911 seats four and comes with power-adjustable front seats with partial leather upholstery. Available features include heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and upgraded front sport seats with full leather upholstery. Most critics agree that a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel makes it easy for shorter and taller drivers to find a comfortable driving position, and that the 911’s front seats are exceptionally supportive and comfortable, with plenty of head- and legroom. Still, others say that the 911’s upgraded sport seats can become a little uncomfortable on longer drives, and that rearward visibility is limited in Cabriolet models when the top is up. Reviewers also note that the 911’s rear seat is cramped, though this is a common complaint among four-seat luxury sports cars.
- "Porsche's adaptive sport seats plus ($3465) with 18-way adjustment start out comfortable and supportive but become less so after a few hours behind the wheel." -- Car and Driver
- "Once you're situated, headroom and legroom are just fine, even for the very tall. The seats are quite firm, but supportive in every way they need to be." -- Consumer Guide
- "Extremely supportive and comfortable standard front bucket seats do a great job of holding both driver and passenger in place while cornering. The optional seats with more articulation plus heating and ventilating only improve on the excellent design. Roomy foot wells and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel mean the 911 can accommodate drivers of nearly all sizes." -- Edmunds
- "Top-up visibility is limited in a few directions, primarily when looking out the rear window or checking your right-side blind spot. Parking sensors give you a better feel for your surroundings, but I'm surprised our test car didn't have a backup camera." -- Cars.com
- "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 (2012)
The 2013 Porsche 911 comes standard with 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 with pre-collision warning and automatic braking, Bose or Burmester sound systems, satellite and HD Radio, front and rear park assist and a sunroof.
Some test drivers write that the 911 features straightforward audio controls, though others say that the 911’s electronic features require some study at first. Still, most agree that the optional Burmester stereo system offers exceptional sound quality, and many appreciate that the Cabriolet’s convertible top can be quickly raised or lowered while driving at speeds up to 31 mph.
- "I have to give major props to the Burmester audio system. It's a pricey option, but this is a stellar-sounding system and is easily one of the best ones I've come across in a car." -- AutoWeek
- "The central touchscreen absorbs most audio functions, with decent results. The buttons that are there are logically arranged, but some testers had difficulty understanding even basic radio controls. Owners would likely acclimate quickly though. The navigation system is harder to program than necessary." -- Consumer Guide
- "Interior controls are relatively simple to operate, and items like navigation, Bluetooth, the iPod interface and optional voice controls 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 (2012 911 Cabriolet)
The 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera has a front trunk that offers 4.76 cubic feet of space. While sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette offer considerably more cargo space, test drivers note that the 911 has enough room for trips to the grocery store or a few duffle bags, as well as rear seats that can be folded down to provide additional space. Some are also pleased with the small-item storage spaces in the 911’s cabin, but others say that the door pockets and center console don’t offer much room.
- "For trunk space, the 911 maintains its classic ‘frunk,’ meaning that whatever doesn't fit in your backseat must find a home in the front boot of the car. Don't be too concerned, though, because there's plenty of room for a big trip to the grocery store or a small trip to Home Depot. In our week with the car we fit in a $260 grocery run and still had room for more." -- AutoTrader
- "The front cargo area is deep from top to bottom but not front to back. It can hold a week's worth of groceries or a couple pieces of soft luggage. This is where the folding rear seat backs can come in handy. Interior storage is very poor. The center console and expanding door pockets offer only minimal space." -- Consumer Guide
- "There are also plenty of places to stow all manner of personal effects." -- Edmunds