Porsche 911

2012 Porsche 911

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  • (5.0) 15 reviews
  • MSRP: $49,484$100,772
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 20-23
  • Engine: 345-hp, 3.6-liter H-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2012 Porsche 911

Our Take on the 2012 Porsche 911

Porsche redesigned the 911 coupe and convertible for 2012. Typical of the brand, the visual changes are evolutionary, but the interior adopts themes from the Panamera hatchback and redesigned Cayenne SUV. Myriad trims for the 911 range from the rear-drive Carrera and all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 to... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Two Carrera generations both sold as 2012s
  • Backseat essentially isn't one
  • Expensive
  • AWD not available on new Carrera and S until 2013
  • Dreadful cupholders
  • Windshield glare from a light dashboard

Notable Features

  • Redesigned Carrera and S coupe, convertible
  • Prior and new generations sold as 2012 models
  • Rear-wheel drive on redesigned trims
  • AWD on previous-generation trims
  • New six-cylinder engines
  • New seven-speed manual transmission

2012 Porsche 911 Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

Like the Porsche 911 Carrera coupe, the 911 Carrera Cabriolet convertible was redesigned for 2012. Because they share features and most specifications, I'll refer you to my recent coupe review and devote this report to the convertible aspects. A hardtop is certainly the purer sport experience in any car, but the redesigned 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet convertible gives up little to i... Read full review for the 2012 Porsche 911

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Consumer Reviews


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best car I have ever owned

by Nachocowboy from ohio on May 7, 2012

I have owned a lot of vehicles so far in my life, but my new 911 turbo cabrio is by and large the best car I have ever driven. Fast, fun, hugs curves. Amazing can't describe it. I was torn between thi... Read Full Review

24 Trim Levels Available

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2012 Porsche 911 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 13 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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