2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911: Cayman S or 911?

September 16, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

I had the very good fortune of driving around in the new 2014 Cayman S recently. Now I'm in a quandary. Which would I rather have, a Porsche 911 or a Cayman S?

I've been one of those guys who always considered the Boxster or Cayman the poor man's Porsche. I thought of them as entry-level models that weren't for the "real" Porsche drivers.

I can admit when I'm wrong, and I was.

Holy smokes, the Cayman S is good. As good, maybe better in some areas, as the 911. I also thought that the Cayman was considerably smaller, but as the overlay above shows, that's not the case.

I never thought the 911 should have had rear seats, so that's not a concern between these two. With the frunk and trunk you get with the Cayman, I think it's actually more convenient in terms of cargo.

Sure, I like the power that our 911 puts down to the pavement, but the Cayman is no slouch, either. In terms of handling, on the track or in the canyons, I'm equally giddy tossing either car around. With the 911 starting at $85,250 and the Cayman S stickering at $64,750, I now have 20,500 reasons to go with the Cayman.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 17,190 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

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

$210 per month*
* Explanation