Great Family Car - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911: Great Family Car

January 23, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

This past weekend my family used our long-term 2013 Porsche 911 more like a minivan than a supercar. There were no Autobahn-style top speed runs, no hardcore blasts through Malibu's twisting mountain roads, no tire smoking powerslides and not one Saturday night top down cruise on the Sunset Strip.

It did, however, take us to the Honda Center in Anaheim to see How to Train Your Dragon. It also took us to my daughter's basketball game, out for fro yo, to the pet food store, to the movies, to Home Depot and, wait for it, to Staples for some new printer ink cartridges.

Turns out my daughters (aged nine and seven) fit snugly in the Porsche's backseat. And it turns out that every other mom and dad at the basketball game wishes they too had a 911 Cabriolet. No shock there. In the sea of crossovers, SUVs and minivans, the 911 stood out like Kate Upton at an Oldham family reunion.

There was the occasional complaint about space from my girls, but they couldn't have been too uncomfortable as they both fell asleep back there on the way home from Dragon. For the record, they also whined about the lack of cupholders in the back.

Since the 1960s the Porsche 911 has been an everyday supercar. It still is. Such a family weekend would have been impossible in a Chevy Corvette, an Audi R8 or a dozen other two-seater sexmobiles. But in the 911 it's not only possible, it's the point.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 865 miles


  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    Amen. Now for God's sake, wash that beautiful car

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Exactly why I like the 911 over the Boxster - beauty and the back seat. But is that worth an additional $30K?

  • wolff2011 wolff2011 Posts:

    I can't believe you parked so close to other cars. I've only got a Speed3 and I park the thing in the farthest corners of lots to avoid door dings. Drives my family nuts.

  • yaymx5_ yaymx5_ Posts:

    @wolff2011 it's a fleet car though. I wouldn't be all that concerned either if I were driving a 911 fleet car.

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    "Great Family Car" is BS. There are plenty of other cars out there that are MUCH better for a family. A Cayenne, for example, is a much better family car. In no way is a 911 Cabriolet a 'great family car.'

  • shawnji shawnji Posts:

    Still very practical, maybe as practical as it can get with a car of this caliber of design and performance. I love my rear two doors, but I can probably learn to live w/o them. Oh those wheels are in serious need of a wash & polish

  • wolvesq wolvesq Posts:

    @jederino: I owned a 997 for a few years. If we were talking about the prior generation of boxsters, I'd say the 911 premium was worth it. Now, I seriously doubt it. The new boxsters (and by the looks of it, incoming caymans,) are just too good. If I

  • DLu DLu Posts:

    GT-R fits two carseats

  • DLu DLu Posts:

    My RX-8 R3 has more backseat room (by pure numbers) than an Audi A5/S5 and has "freestyle" doors that allow better ingress/egress, but I only jokingly call it a "daddymobile." A sports car fulfills the duty of the extra fun car. I have the minivan for hauling my kids. You know, there is only a relatively small window of time during which the kids are old enough to get in and out of their seats unassisted, but small enough to fit on that little shelf we pretend are backseats in a sports car.

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