2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera: Easy To Use Electronics Interface

November 14, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera

When you buy a Porsche, you're expecting to get a boat-load of superlatives regarding performance. But would you expect the same regarding the interior controls? Probably not. Yet I'm actually quite impressed with our 2013 Porsche 911's electronic interface.

Porsche calls the collection of buttons, knobs and a touchscreen its "Porsche Communication System," or PCM. While it lacks a central input controller like BMW's iDrive or Mercedes' COMAND, PCM's 7-inch touchscreen does give the system a level of redundancy that I find useful.

Other positives of the system include clearly labeled buttons, quick and accurate responses to your touch, easy navigation use, the additional helper screen in the gauge cluster and generally intuitive menus. I think it's unlikely that you'll have to use the owner's manual to operate the system.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Porsche 911 in VA is:

$210 per month*
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