Used 2016 Porsche Cayman

Pros & Cons

  • Exceptional handling
  • slick-shifting transmissions
  • rewarding and fuel-efficient engines
  • beautifully crafted interior
  • extensive personalization options.
  • Wimpy base stereo with no USB port
  • lack of storage space
  • all those options mean the price can escalate quickly.
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$45,995 - $76,998

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Stylish and capable, the 2016 Porsche Cayman is one of the most desirable sports cars on the market.

Vehicle overview

Let's suppose you're a reasonably sane person looking to purchase a sports car. You don't absolutely need to have something that gives you bragging rights for the most power, biggest skid pad g-forces, or top slot at the valet line. Mostly, you just want something that delivers a fantastic driving experience while still being suitable for driving every day. If that's you, the 2016 Porsche Cayman could very well be the best all-around sports car you can buy.

Supremely athletic and suitably powerful, the 2016 Cayman is an absolute pleasure to drive.

The Cayman's midengine layout gives it an ideal handling balance that its rear-engine 911 stablemate can't match, and it's supported by unparalleled steering feel and braking precision. The Cayman is also an ideal size for a sports car, as its compact dimensions make it feel wonderfully nimble on the road. True, Porsche still reserves its most powerful flat-6 engines for the 911, but it's almost churlish to complain now that the 385-horsepower GT4 model is available. No matter the engine you pick, the Cayman loves to rev and sounds fantastic doing it.

The only question might be how much Cayman you can afford. Even as Porsche's entry-level sports car, it gets pricey even with just a few options added (desirable as they may be). The BMW M235i would be a less expensive way to go, and it has a more practical interior and a stout turbocharged inline-6 under the hood. Alternately, glorious V8 horsepower and outlandish performance can be obtained from the Chevrolet Corvette or new Ford Shelby GT350. But if refinement and driver involvement are top priorities, the 2016 Porsche Cayman makes a very compelling case, both rationally and emotionally.

Porsche Cayman models

The 2016 Porsche Cayman is a two-seat coupe available in four trim levels: base, S, GTS and GT4.

Standard equipment on the base Cayman includes 18-inch wheels, summer performance tires, an adaptive rear spoiler, a single center-mounted exhaust outlet, auto stop-start to conserve fuel, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, HomeLink, ambient interior lighting, cruise control, air-conditioning, partial power sport seats (power recline, manual fore/aft and height adjustment), Bluetooth, a 4.6-inch driver information display, a 7-inch central touchscreen and a shockingly basic four-speaker sound system with "2-by-25 watt" output per Porsche's specifications. At least you get an auxiliary input jack in the glovebox.

The Cayman S adds a bigger engine, bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch wheels, larger front brake discs, red-painted brake calipers and dual exhaust outlets.

The Cayman GTS adds slightly more power and torque than the Cayman S, 20-inch wheels, adaptive dampers (Porsche Active Suspension Management, or PASM), adaptive bi-xenon headlights, tinted headlight and taillight lenses, sportier front and rear fascias, a sport exhaust, synthetic-suede interior trim, a sport steering wheel, aggressively bolstered sport seats and the Sport Chrono package (including a lap timer, dynamic transmission mounts, an edgy Sport Plus driving mode and -- if PDK is specified -- launch control).

The GT4 gets a larger, more capable engine, an exclusive sport suspension (which lowers ride height by 30mm), bigger brakes, a mechanical differential lock with variable torque distribution (Porsche Torque Vectoring, or PTV) and uniquely aerodynamic exterior styling (including a large fixed rear spoiler).

No matter which Cayman model you choose, you'll have the keys to one of the best sports cars on the planet.

As expected from Porsche, seemingly countless options are on offer, starting with some of the upgrades (including the Sport Chrono package, sport exhaust, PASM and PTV) that come standard on higher trims. Notable technology add-ons include keyless entry and ignition, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, voice controls, adaptive cruise control (available only with the PDK transmission), a Convenience package (dual-zone automatic climate control and heated seats) and an "electronic logbook" that automatically records various driving data for subsequent analysis on your computer. The Infotainment package brings an upgraded touchscreen interface with a navigation system, a USB port, smartphone integration via the Aha radio app and one of three upgraded stereos: a nine-speaker system, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound setup or a 12-speaker Burmester surround-sound system.

While you're upgrading the cabin, you might also consider the four optional seat designs: 10-way power versions of the base seats, the Sport Seats Plus (SSP) with racy bolstering (our favorites), a 14-way power version of SSP called Adaptive Sport Seats Plus and (for the GT4 only) carbon-fiber bucket seats with partial power adjustments. Naturally, there are also endless ways to personalize the interior with distinctive colors and special trim pieces.

Every Cayman is eligible for a very pricey set of ceramic composite brakes, and all but the GT4 can also be outfitted with a speed-sensitive power steering system (Power Steering Plus).

2016 Highlights

The 2016 Cayman is unchanged.

Performance & mpg

All 2016 Cayman models employ rear-wheel drive and come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The manual is mandatory on the GT4, but the rest offer the PDK seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual as an option.

The base Cayman is powered by a 2.7-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine (also known as a flat-6 or boxer-6) that produces 275 hp and 213 pound-feet of torque. In Edmunds testing, a base Cayman with the manual transmission accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. That's quite brisk in the general sense, but it's on the slow side for a premium sports car. According to EPA fuel economy estimates, the base Cayman should return 24 mpg combined (20 city/30 highway) with the standard six-speed, while adding PDK yields an exceptional 26 mpg combined (22/32).

The Cayman S steps up to a 3.4-liter flat-6 good for 325 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. In our tests, a Cayman S with PDK needed just 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph, while the manual version was 0.1 second slower. Fuel economy remains a strong suit, checking in at 23 mpg combined (20/28) with the manual and 24 mpg combined (21/30) with PDK.

The Cayman GTS gets an upgraded version of the same 3.4-liter flat-6 with 340 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy estimates stand at 22 mpg combined (19/26) with the manual and a surprisingly frugal 25 mpg combined (22/31) with PDK.

At the top of the range, the Cayman GT4 is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-6 that's rated at 385 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. It is only available with a six-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy ratings drop precipitously to 20 mpg combined (18/23). Porsche estimates that the GT4 will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

Safety

The 2016 Cayman comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, and eight airbags. The latter include two side airbags and a knee airbag for each passenger.

Caymans equipped with adaptive cruise control (ACC) are also treated to Porsche Active Safe, which uses ACC's radar to monitor collision probabilities up to 650 feet in front of the vehicle. The system can operate even when ACC is inactive, and its emergency responses range from simply priming the brakes to automatically applying them with maximum force.

In Edmunds testing, a base Cayman stopped from 60 mph in an authoritative 103 feet, while an S equipped with the highly heat-resistant ceramic composite brakes required 107 feet (101 feet with standard brakes). Unless track days are going to be a regular part of your ownership experience, the standard brakes on your chosen model should be more than sufficient.

Driving

If an invigorating sports-car experience is what you're after, the 2016 Porsche Cayman was designed with drivers like you in mind. Although enthusiasts will likely prefer the more potent engines in the lineup -- especially the GT4's broad-shouldered 3.8-liter unit -- even the regular Cayman delivers the excitement of a sonorous, high-revving flat-6 engine wailing away right behind your head. It's a thrill ride every time you grab the key. There aren't many cars in the world that will make you look forward to running errands as much as Porsche's two-seat coupe.

We're fond of both the manual and PDK transmissions across the various Cayman models, but we'd skip the optional speed-sensitive power steering, as the standard setup provides more feedback along with superb response and precision. Press a Cayman along a winding road and you'll feel its superb midengine balance around those corners, egging you on where lesser machines would be begging for mercy. This is an easier car to drive hard than a 911, as its responses are more immediate, predictable and forgiving. Remarkably, the Cayman's supreme handling confidence doesn't translate to a jarring ride in normal operation; we'd be wary of the 20-inch wheels and their itty-bitty sidewalls, but the 19s have ample compliance by sports-car standards.

Interior

The Cayman's snug interior has always been a defining trait. The sleek, high-mounted center console has become a prominent design feature across Porsche's model range, giving the modestly priced Cayman a bit of extra cachet. Throw in top-grade materials, high-tech displays and some striking color combinations (such as the two-tone Agate Grey and Amber Orange leather upholstery) and you've got a genuinely premium product. We just wish USB connectivity were standard, as its default absence makes this Porsche feel a bit behind the times.

Intimate and sensibly laid out, the Cayman's interior is a perfect complement to its thrilling performance.

Unsurprisingly, storage space is not a Cayman strong suit. There just aren't many storage nooks or cubbies that can accommodate your stuff, and the cupholders are flimsy. On the bright side, the midengine layout allows for two trunks. The one in front measures 5.3 cubic feet and is handy for a duffel bag, while the rear hatchback trunk offers a less miserly 9.7 cubes.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2016 Porsche Cayman.

Average user rating: 4.3 stars
11 total reviews
5 star reviews: 73%
4 star reviews: 9%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 9%
1 star reviews: 9%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, 8 years of bliss....possibly to end
Ed N.,
S 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M)
In 2 weeks, my 2014 Cayman S will turn 8 years old since I took delivery. It has been the best, most enjoyable and trouble free car I've owned in 40+ years. And that includes some pretty good comps, like a 1984 Toyota Supra, 2002 Honda S2000, 2005 Porsche 911S Cab, along with a myriad of sedans and SUV's. But it may soon be coming to an end. For the right reason. I will be taking delivery of a build to order 2021 Cayman GTS 4.0 in late July. Although I am sure I will enjoy the extra 70 horsepower and a few more goodies, I don't think it could be any better of a car when it comes to reliability. I'm going to be doing some soul searching over the next couple of months to figure out if I should keep both the 2014 and the 2021.
5/5 stars, 2016 Cayman is a real pleaser!
Ed in Huntsville,
2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 6M)
I bought my 2016 Agate Gray Cayman new, and have been driving it for 3 years now. The car is super fun to drive. Plenty of power, great handling, and superb brakes for having fun on the highways and back roads. The car is agile and accurate, moving perfectly in response to a tight steering ratio, and great road feel transmitted to me while underway. The 2016 has a little more leg room inside for taller drivers than the 2006 Cayman I owned previously. The fuel consumption is very good, even 28 mpg at highway speeds. It averages 18mpg overall. If there is anything to complain about, it is that I sometimes get carried away with the amount of fun that I am having while running faster than the posted limits! I don't do lots of boring expressway driving in it.
5/5 stars, Adult Go-Cart
T. West,
GTS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M)
My 2016 Cayman GTS is an absolute joy to drive. While not the fastest car on the road, the handling and road feel are exceptional. Truly you are one with the car.
5/5 stars, An Excellent Sports Car!
John,
GTS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M)
This car is a blast to drive! It looks gorgeous at any angle with beautiful lines and dimensions. The 3.4L engine is powerful and sounds amazing (I would definitely recommend the Sport Exhaust!) all the way to its redline! Handling is second to none with so much grip and the feedback from the steering wheel is perfect. With a low curb weight and a stiff chassis, the Cayman does a wonderful job of carving through winding roads all day long. Braking is superb and constant. While not necessarily the import factor in buying a sports car, the gas mileage is pretty good in my opinion for what the car has to offer. I can get in the low 30's on the highway and average about 24 mpg combined (not far off from other 6 cylinder vehicles I have driven). The interior is well laid out and has plenty of room for occupants (I'm 6'5" and by no means uncomfortable) though egress in and out can take a little getting used to if you are tall, but this is true of most smaller sport cars. Materials are top notch and the level customization is pretty incredible (though it can get pricey quickly). I love this car and see myself driving it for a long time!


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$52,600
MPG & Fuel
20 City / 30 Hwy / 24 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.9 gal. capacity
Seating
2 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Engine
Flat 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 275 hp @ 7400 rpm
Torque: 214 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 172.4 in. / Height: 50.9 in. / Width: 70.9 in.
Curb Weight: 2888 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 9.7 cu.ft.


FAQ

Is the Porsche Cayman a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2016 Cayman both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Porsche Cayman fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Cayman gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg to 24 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Cayman has 9.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Porsche Cayman. Learn more

Is the Porsche Cayman reliable?

To determine whether the Porsche Cayman is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Cayman. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Cayman's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2016 Porsche Cayman a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2016 Porsche Cayman is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2016 Cayman is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2016 Porsche Cayman?

The least-expensive 2016 Porsche Cayman is the 2016 Porsche Cayman 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $52,600.

Other versions include:

  • GT4 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $84,600
  • 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $52,600
  • S 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $64,100
  • GTS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $75,200
Learn more

What are the different models of Porsche Cayman?

If you're interested in the Porsche Cayman, the next question is, which Cayman model is right for you? Cayman variants include GT4 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 6M), 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 6M), S 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M), and GTS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M). For a full list of Cayman models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2016 Porsche Cayman

Used 2016 Porsche Cayman Overview

The Used 2016 Porsche Cayman is offered in the following submodels: Cayman Coupe. Available styles include GT4 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 6M), 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 6M), S 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M), and GTS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M). Pre-owned Porsche Cayman models are available with a 3.8 L-liter gas engine or a 2.7 L-liter gas engine or a 3.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 385 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2016 Porsche Cayman comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The Used 2016 Porsche Cayman comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2016 Porsche Cayman?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2016 Porsche Cayman and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2016 Cayman 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2016 Cayman.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2016 Porsche Cayman and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2016 Cayman featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New Used 2016 Porsche Cayman?

Used 2016 Porsche Cayman 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 6M)

The Used 2016 Porsche Cayman 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $53,595. The average price paid for a new Used 2016 Porsche Cayman 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 6M) is trending $12,901 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $12,901 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40,694.

The average savings for the Used 2016 Porsche Cayman 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 6M) is 24.1% below the MSRP.

Used 2016 Porsche Cayman S 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M)

The Used 2016 Porsche Cayman S 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $64,795. The average price paid for a new Used 2016 Porsche Cayman S 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M) is trending $19,355 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $19,355 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $45,440.

The average savings for the Used 2016 Porsche Cayman S 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M) is 29.9% below the MSRP.

Used 2016 Porsche Cayman GTS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M)

The Used 2016 Porsche Cayman GTS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $76,195. The average price paid for a new Used 2016 Porsche Cayman GTS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M) is trending $28,143 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $28,143 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $48,052.

The average savings for the Used 2016 Porsche Cayman GTS 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M) is 36.9% below the MSRP.

Used 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 6M)

The Used 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $76,195. The average price paid for a new Used 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 6M) is trending $17,995 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $17,995 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $58,200.

The average savings for the Used 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 6M) is 23.6% below the MSRP.

Which used 2016 Porsche Caymans are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2016 Porsche Cayman?

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (required)

2016 Porsche Cayman 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (required)
24 compined MPG,
20 city MPG/30 highway MPG

2016 Porsche Cayman S 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (required)
23 compined MPG,
20 city MPG/28 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPGN/A
Transmission6-speed manual
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement3.8 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase97.8 in.
Length174.7 in.
Width71.5 in.
Height49.9 in.
Curb Weight2955 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2016 Porsche Cayman?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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