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MSRP: $84,300 - $194,600
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MPG: 19 City / 27 Hwy
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Porsche 911 Interior

Automotive journalists say the 2015 Porsche 911's cabin is luxurious and has a sporty design, as well as first-class materials and outstanding build quality. Reviewers also appreciate that almost every detail of the 911's cabin is customizable, from the color of the speedometer to the carbon fiber trim on the dashboard. The 911 also earns praise for its spacious, comfortable front seats. Most critics think the 911's dashboard controls are easy to use, though some note that the radio and navigation system can be hard to program.

  • "Luxury sedan-grade materials and design characterize the cabin, with a nearly unlimited range of options - including extended leather, several seat designs, numerous colors and aluminum, carbon fiber and wood trims - available to suit the buyer's taste." -- Left Lane News
  • "If you've ever been in an old air-cooled 911, you know that these cars used to be raw performance machines, with minimal concessions to comfort and convenience. The current model, however, boasts an exquisitely trimmed cabin with all the accoutrements of a luxury car." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior of the 2014 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 (2014)
  • "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 (2013)

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Seating

Most 2015 Porsche 911 models seat four, except for the GT3, which seats two. The 911 comes standard with partial leather upholstery and four-way power-adjustable front sport seats. Available features include full leather upholstery, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and upgraded front sport seats with more side bolstering. Test drivers write that the front seats offer plenty of head- and legroom for taller people. The 911 has several seating options, and most critics say that all are firm, but comfortable, and hold you in place during cornering, though some think the 18-way power-adjustable seats aren't comfortable over long distances. Auto writers agree that the rear seats are too small for most passengers, which is common in this class.

  • "As expected of Porsche, the 911 offers ample headroom and legroom in its snug front seats. Those seats can be specified in a few different forms, with varying degrees of adjustability and lateral bolstering, but even the base chairs provide superb support for both long-distance and enthusiastic driving." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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 (2013)
  • "… the 911's famously unusable rear seats remain famously unusable. At least for human-sized beings." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Porsche 911 include dual-zone automatic climate control and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker audio system, navigation, Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, a 12-speaker Bose or Burmester sound system, satellite and HD Radio, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors and a sunroof on coupe models. Cabriolet models have a power-operated convertible soft top, while Targa models feature a power-retractable center roof panel.

Most test drivers write that the 911 has a user-friendly mix of touch-screen controls and physical buttons, though some note that it can be difficult to change navigation and radio settings. Critics say the optional Burmester sound system offers superb sound quality. Many also appreciate that the Cabriolet's convertible top can be swiftly lowered or raised even while driving at speeds up to 31 mph.

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  • "Navigation, smartphone and audio functions are easily accessed and operated through both the touchscreen interface and the numerous physical buttons that line the elevated center console, and there's also a handy stalk on the steering column that acts as a redundant multifunction controller." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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 (2013)

Cargo

Because its engine is mounted in the back, the 2015 Porsche 911 does not have a traditional rear trunk. Instead, it comes with a front trunk that offers 4.76 cubic feet of space. Though sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette offer more cargo space, test drivers note that the 911's deep front trunk has enough room for a few duffle bags or a trip to the grocery store. However, some write that there's limited small-item storage in the 911's cabin, adding that the door pockets and center console don't offer much room.

  • "… in our year-long test of a 911 Cabriolet, we generally found that it holds more stuff than you think it might." -- Edmunds (front trunk)
  • "The 911's front trunk offers a modest 4.7 cubic feet of cargo space but that can be supplemented by an optional roof-rack system and rear seats that fold down individually to create a parcel shelf." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "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." -- AutoTrader (2013)
  • "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 (2013)
Review Last Updated: 3/9/15

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