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MSRP: $84,300 - $181,100
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MPG: 19 City / 27 Hwy
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Porsche 911 Interior

Reviewers are very impressed with the 2014 Porsche 911’s luxurious cabin materials, including leather and optional carbon fiber or aluminum trim, as well as its driver-focused design. They say the 911’s front seats have lots of head- and legroom, but note that the rear seats are basically unusable. Reviewers appreciate that the convertible has a quick-folding top that keeps the cabin well-isolated from wind noise when it is raised.

  • "Throughout much of the Porsche 911's storied history, interior quality has been class-leading, with improvements along the way. Today's 911 is downright luxurious, with top-notch leather upholstery (and even more leather coverings available as an option) and plastic panels that are convincingly grained to match. Trim elements in aluminum and carbon fiber are equally praiseworthy." -- 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
  • "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)
  • "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) 

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Seating

The 2014 Porsche 911 seats four and comes standard with power-adjustable front seats and 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 reviewers write that the tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel makes it easy for all 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 for taller people. 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. Critics also report that the 911’s rear seat is not viable for passengers.

  • "The front seats still provide a surprising amount of space for larger adults, considering the 911's smaller exterior appearance. There are several seat choices, with varying degrees for sport-oriented support, but all of them supply ample lateral support to hold you in during enthusiastic cornering and enough cushioning to provide all-day comfort. There is also a wealth of head- and legroom, as well as seat/wheel adjustments to make tall drivers comfortable." -- 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)
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2014 Porsche 911 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 with pre-collision warning and automatic braking, a Bose sound system, a Burmester sound system, satellite and HD Radio, front and rear park assist and a sunroof on coupe models. Cabriolet models have a power-operated convertible top, while Targa models feature a power-retractable center roof panel.

Some reviewers think the 911 features user-friendly audio and navigation controls, though others write that the 911’s electronic features require some study at first. Reviewers comment 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.

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  • "On the whole, the Porsche 911 is suitable for daily use, thanks to thoughtful design and modern amenities. Navigation, smartphone and audio functions are easily tackled through the touchscreen interface and numerous physical buttons." -- 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 (2012) 

Cargo

The 2014 Porsche 911 has a front trunk that offers 4.76 cubic feet of space. While sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette offer more cargo space, reviewers note that the 911 has enough room for a few duffle bags or a trip to the grocery store, 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.

  • "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
  • "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 (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)
  • "There are also plenty of places to stow all manner of personal effects." -- Edmunds (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/22/14

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