2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test


2013 Porsche 911: 20,000-Mile Milestone

November 15, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

A month ahead of schedule, our long-term 2013 Porsche 911 has hit the 20,000-mile mark. Evidently, piling up the miles on this sports car is no sweat. Yes, that cross-country road trip certainly helped. But that journey and just living with the car on a daily basis both highlight one of the 911's most endearing qualities: its split personality.

When you want it to be a ripping and ultra-rewarding sports car, it is more than happy to oblige with its muscular flat six, buttoned-down handling and superb steering and brakes. Yet when you have to trundle along with traffic or want to kick back and cruise up the coast, the 911 isn't some herky-jerky, stiff-riding thoroughbred. A comfortable driving position, relatively compact size, supportive seats and an athletic suspension that still takes the edge off the bumps make Porsche's icon a comfortable commuter and a pretty good touring car.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 20,110 miles

Comments

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    I would say that the 911 was a great long term choice for the year. I was not expecting it--for some reason I always thought it would be more hard-edged than it is, particularly with the big wheels, but I was wrong. It definitely made the SLS look like a poor daily driver in comparison. Hopefully you have a nice wrap-up article written. Lately, I don't understand why so many cars have no posts for 2-3 months at a time, without a wrap-up, or in some cases absolutely no wrap-up at all, just moved from the current to the past long-term road test menu.

  • "I don't understand why so many cars have no posts for 2-3 months at a time, without a wrap-up, or in some cases absolutely no wrap-up at all, just moved from the current to the past long-term road test menu" It seems that maybe they don't want to discuss issues that came up. Like with the Jeep Wrangler. It needed a new cylinder head and the tail gate cracked. But there was no follow up, let alone a wrap up. I own the same model year Wrangler, which is why I bring up this model. The promise of the long term test which I faithfully followed ended up left wanting. After 12 months they just left unanswered questions. Seems par for the course.

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