• (4.5) 8 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $19,472–$35,884
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 22-23
  • Engine: 265-hp, 2.9-liter H-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2009 Porsche Cayman

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Porsche Cayman

What We Don't Like

  • Requires premium gas

Notable Features

  • Slight exterior restyling
  • Larger base engine
  • S-level engine more powerful
  • New seven-speed transmission
  • Suspension refinements
  • LED taillights standard

2009 Porsche Cayman Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Porsche's most-affordable car, the Cayman, and its roadster counterpart, the Boxster, have been upgraded for 2009 with more power, better mileage, revised suspensions and upgraded interiors. The Cayman competes with the Audi TT, BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette and Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class.

The styling has also been tweaked, with an emphasis on the lights — headlights, taillights and side marker lights. The Cayman has round fog lights and a larger grille opening. It now incorporates its turn signals into the halogen headlight clusters, and LED taillights are standard. An option package includes bi-xenon headlights, cornering lights and LED daytime running lights.

The Cayman also received some interior upgrades, including an updated PCM Communication Management option that controls the audio, communication and navigation systems. The badly needed update brings a new touch-screen interface with a 6.5-inch screen. A USB jack for controlling iPods and playing music from flash drives is also available.

Optional heated seats now also include a ventilation function to cool occupants.

Under the Hood
The base Cayman's horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine has grown from 2.7 to 2.9 liters and from 245 to 265 horsepower. The 3.4-liter in the Cayman S now generates 320 hp, up from 295 hp. Despite the higher output, Porsche says the Cayman's mileage has improved. When a car's power and efficiency both increase, it usually means one thing: direct injection, and that's the technology that's been added. It's aided by the new seven-speed, dual-clutch automated manual, called Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, or PDK, which improves efficiency over the conventional Tiptronic S it replaces. It offers an automatic mode as well as manual shifting using a lever or steering-wheel buttons — push forward to upshift, pull back to downshift. Porsche says the Cayman S sprints to 60 mph in as little as 4.9 seconds — faster than the Boxster thanks to more power and less weight.

The Cayman also got suspension refinement and larger brakes that required the base model's 17-inch front wheels to be a half-inch wider. A limited-slip differential is optional to supplement the brake-based traction control.

In addition to frontal airbags, the two-seat Cayman has side-impact torso airbags in the seat backrests, and head-protection airbags deploy upward from the doors. Antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard.

Consumer Reviews


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Best entry level Porsche for the money

by Stan from New York, NY on September 22, 2017

Bought my 2009 Cayman used with about 70k on it. It a a base 2.9 engine, but it has plenty power to mach exelent chassi. Handling is very neutral with very nicely weighted steering feel, provided by ... Read Full Review

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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.

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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).

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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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