Kids Fit - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911: Kids Fit

June 21, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

There's one thing a Porsche 911 can do that a Chevy Corvette, Porsche Cayman, Mercedes SLS, Mercedes SL, McLaren MP4-12C, SRT Viper, any new Lamborghini, and even a Nissan 370Z cannot: Take my kids to a ball game.

The Porsche 911 is the only car on that list that has a backseat. And that makes it far more useful when, like me, you have two preteen daughters.

Case in point. Last Saturday my family surprised me with tickets to the Angels game that very night. My Yankees were in town. If our long-term SLS or any of those other two-seaters were in my driveway we would have had to drive Mom's GMC Acadia to the game. Not the end of the world, but not exactly fun either.

Luckily, I had the keys to the Porsche and the entire Oldham family of four piled into the sports car for the 50-mile drive to the ballpark, where we gorged on junk food and watched my Yanks get beat up by the boys from Anaheim.

Such versatility has been part of the Porsche 911's unique character for 50 years. It's the original everyday supercar. And it's still the best.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 14,099 miles


  • I could not agree more. Even though they're tiny, they are there and can be used in a pinch. Not everyone who buys a 911 is a bachelor. I've said for a long time, why not put 4 seats in a 'Vette? Not four doors, just two small seats behind where that space sits empty. Make it an option if you want, but the door would be opened for A LOT more buyers. Does GM ever read this site??

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    Exactomundo. The actual usability and accessibility of this car are HUGE reasons why it remains so popular to dad's like me. Carp all you want about how small the backseats in the 911 are... and they are small... but they do allow those of us whose kids aren't too big and not too small to enjoy our passion with us. Plus the damned things drive so well.

  • bryan__t bryan__t Posts:

    I have always loved the 911 and think they are such fascinating cars, but I don't consider the base models to be supercars. The GT2 and GT3 are different beasts altogether, but the more common models are simply excellent sports cars, as they should be. Then again, I also think that the price differential between a 911 and a Vette should be $10-15k, rather than $40k+, but nobody asked me...

  • Not only are they handy for hauling extra (small) people when needed it is also nice to have a place besides the passenger seat to set things like an umbrella, a briefcase or anything else you want quick access to.

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