So far my Cayman S has averaged 25-28 mpg. You must use premium fuel in it. It has very firm seats. You must be careful of moving the passenger seat all the way back. It will activate airbag warning system. The dark tinted rear window makes it difficult to see out back. The buttons on the key activate the trunk and engine lids too easily. You must be very careful of potholes in the road, the rims are easily damaged due to their low profile. They are expensive to replace or repair. This car is really fun to drive. It delivers exhilarating performance above 4,000 rpm, It has a low ground clearance, so you must be aware of debris on roads and in driveways. It is easy to strike the undercarriage.
The performance above 4,000 rpm is quite surprising for small engine. It has a very broad power band, even in top gear around town. The brakes are top notch, the best I've driven on any vehicle. This car has excellent headlights, that have a very wide beam pattern.
Information on engine access from the top of the engine is available, but only through aftermarket performance tips or Porsche owners groups. There is nothing in the owners manual on tis subject. I would like a list of oil filter and air filter options, most auto parts stores list either nothing or say that parts are not available for this model.
The Cayman S has great performance and is truly fun to drive. I have driven Maserati, Aston Martin, and Ferrari, but this is one of my favorites. I have always been a Porsche fan. It's easy to drive and has a great sleek design. The great thing about the Cayman S is it looks much more expensive than the car is priced. The only other car I have driven that comes close is the Maserati Quattroporte and the Aston Martin Vanquish. I love my Cayman S.
The one I bought was Tiptronic and it is awesome. I love it because when I'm in the mountains or just on the road I can switch the transmission to manual with the steering wheel arrows.
The Cayman has incredible handling due to its mid-engine design. It is more fun to drive than cars that cost twice as much. It has excellent acceleration, though the car needs to be at least in the 3,000 rpm range for peak performance.
The very nicely appointed interior and decent storage space for two seat car due to mid-engine layout. The beautiful exterior design.
Options are very expensive. Porsche should include routine maintenance in the sales price for the warranty period. Also, it took deliberate steps to keep this car's power less than 911 model, it could use more low-end torque.
I discovered a new white, brown leather Cayman S in the garage a couple of weeks ago; a gift from my wife to liven up a long commute which it does nicely. It has Bose, heated seats, power seats, all the stuff in the performance package plus and I have put on 610 lawfully driven miles so far with no surprises. The manual says take it easy (keep it under 4,200rpm) for 2,000 miles. That means 1,260 not very exciting miles ahead. After that I can tell it is going to be a sweet ride. Its initial fuel consumption is sky high but should improve. I had the 3M clear bra film installed. The car is tight, supple, loud, sticky, fast and driving it might be the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
It has decent storage. The engine sounds great if you like listening to the engine noise behind your head. The tires stick to the ground like glue. It is very nimble and has a supple suspension. It has a great clutch and shifter. The Bose stereo sounds amazing, even with all that noise happening. The fit and finish throughout is flawless.
It needs XM, more seat travel, the ground clearance is a constant concern - the air dams rub on very mild slopes, and it has poor rear visibility. This car needs a spare tire or run-flats or at least TPM. Routine maintenance should be included at this price point during the warranty period.