2018 Porsche 911 Review
Pros & Cons
- Outstanding combination of performance and civility
- Benchmark transmissions
- Rewarding driving dynamics
- Endless customization potential
- Evolutionary styling doesn't stand out like it once did
- Road noise can be excessive
List Price Range
$99,786 - $173,998
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Which 911 does Edmunds recommend?
While the 911 is a consistently brilliant car all the way up to the range-topping Turbo S, the fundamental goodness of the base Carrera model is often underappreciated. We'd go with a Carrera coupe with few options. Purists will want the outstanding manual gearbox, but the PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission is exceptional, too. The Premium Package with power sport seats is a great value, and we'd add Sport Chrono and the front axle lift system.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The competence of the Carrera S spans a vast range. It expertly balances power and high-speed performance with in-town drivability and everyday use. The dual-clutch automatic gearbox is a benchmark, and its acceleration from any speed is seamless. You have to look for turbo lag to find it.
The standard-bearer of comfort among sports cars. Great seats, a firm but forgiving ride and plenty of creature comforts. Road noise with the optional wheels and tires is the sole black mark.
Loads of headroom and good forward visibility. Materials quality and driving position are excellent. Though the backseats are small, not many competitors even offer them. Limited rear visibility and a backup camera that isn't great.
The Carrera S is pretty practical for a sports car. Beyond the front trunk, the rear seat has a fold-down luggage shelf that's quite useful. The cabin has smart small-item storage solutions.
While an improvement on previous systems, the current Porsche tech interface isn't the most user-friendly on the market. Device integration and voice controls had a few hiccups during our test. Get past those quirks, though, and the system can do all of the basic tasks you'd expect.
|Overall||8.4 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
Carrera S 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
I should note that I test drove a 2018 model but have ordered a 2019. Since I have been limited to the test drive, I can not truthfully comment on long term service, fuel economy, or maintenance. I also gave the high marks for storage which I find remarkable for a sports car. There is room in the boot for 2 roll aboards and additional cargo space for more luggage or whatever on the drop down shelf over the rear seats. This is a sports car folks, not a '68 Cadillac or SUV! In all other respects, the 911 S was beyond my expectations. I expected luxury, performance, and a 'sports car experience' but did not expect the subtle feel to the engineering and technical components that enhanced my confidence in the ability to push the car to its limits. It is truly a 'beast' disguised as a daily driver!
Carrera 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
It is fast! It is the most economical and the most reminiscent of the earlier Porsches. No helpers on performance. Standard transmission, 20" inch wheels and a room to appreciate as the entry level 911.2 last of the modal. I am very happy with a car for halve the price of my counter part other vehicles.
Carrera S 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Like most young men , I always wondered what the driving experience of a new Porsche 911S would be as I grew up. I can try to put it in words that probably a few thousand YouTube reviews or other site reviewers have used but that would be a waste of time. The best thing I can say to any potential buyer is do as I did and set aside everyone else’s opinion. Go to a reputable dealer , get in the car and see for yourself. If your like me you will not be able to remove the smile from your face and you will soon find yourself the proud owner of one of these fun and amazing cars.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the 911 models:
- Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
- Reduces the severity of a secondary collision by automatically braking the vehicle after an initial collision.
- Lane Change Assist
- Monitors blind spots to the sides and rear of the vehicle and visually alerts the driver when another vehicle is present.
- Active Rear Axle Steering
- Improves stability during high-speed lane changes and increases agility in tight corners.