2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test


2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Stuck in Traffic

September 3, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Yesterday I had a lot of city driving to do. I took my 6'1" brother to the eye doctor, which was 22 miles from my house. They warned him that he would need someone else to drive when he was done. So, I drove him to his appointment in our long-term 2013 Porsche 911.

Due to congestion, you never know how long it will take to get from place to place in Los Angeles, so we gave ourselves plenty of time. Turns out we had a nice stretch of open highway on the way to the appointment and arrived 45 minutes early. This car loves the open road and despite him being nervous about his appointment, we enjoyed the drive listening to satellite radio and passing commuters in the carpool lane.

Coming home four hours (!) later, we were in the thick of L.A. evening rush hour. The medical center was in the very busy area of Westwood. There was lots of pedestrian traffic crossing the streets and plenty of cars trying to get to the freeway. We were tired, starving, and it was 90 degrees out.

Even when the Porsche is not breezing down the highway, it is still a great car to be stuck in. As we inched forward with the rest of the herd, we appreciated the handsome leather seats which are supportive and comfortable. The air conditioner kept the cabin cool despite it being a glaringly sunny day. And when we finally found a clearing on the highway, the 911 didn't hesitate to kick right through it. The suspension is stiff and you can feel the bumps in the road but they don't tire your tush. We could sit in those seats for a long time without going crazy.

When we finally made it home, my brother said that this is the car he would buy if he could afford it. It's plenty of fun but he also didn't mind being stuck in it in a high-traffic situation. He wouldn't get tired of driving it back and forth to work each day.

And that, my friends, is the true genius of this car.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

Comments

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    To me, this is what makes the 911 the ultimate sports car. I will admit that I am biased, though, because I grew up around them and fell in love with the myriad Porsche quirks. I would rather own a run-of-the-mill 911 Carrera S than a 458, SLS, R8, MP4-12C, etc. The 911 is a real car. It isn't a weekend plaything. It could be your only car and that is what makes it so unique.

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    Salt on the roads 6 months of the year in my neck of the woods, so forget having a 911 as a daily driver. Oh yeah, my bank account helped to make the choice even easier.

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    Salt on the roads 6 months of the year in my neck of the woods, so forget having a 911 as a daily driver. Oh yeah, my bank account helped to make the choice even easier.

  • carfreak13 carfreak13 Posts:

    @reminder 911 4/4s much?

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @carfreak13: Obviously when there are salt on the roads, you need the most advanced AWD system and snow tires on the biggest, tallest truck you could find. That way when you find yourself in snowstorms involving a staggering 2cm of snowfall you'll be prep

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Donna, you are such a good sister for driving your bro to the Dr.! @duck87 so true--AWD/4WD all seem to be the first in the ditch since they think it means go 70mph in a snowstorm

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Amen duck87. This is why I consistently point out that AWD/4WD won't help stop a vehicle any faster. It is dangerous for people to think that some technology or whatever allows them to drive just as fast in treacherous conditions as they do normally.

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