2012 Porsche Cayman

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2 reviews
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Available Price Range $24,905-$69,473 Trims4 Combined MPG 22-23 Seats 2

Our Take on the 2012 Porsche Cayman

Our Take

Porsche's two-seat Cayman — and its roadster counterpart, the Boxster — compete with the Audi TT, BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette and Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class. The Boxster is covered in... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Manual shifter feel
  • Price tag warrants more luxurious interior
  • Overhead stoplights can be hard to see

Notable Features

  • New lightweight Cayman R
  • Final model year for this generation
  • Mid-engine design
  • Choice of flat-six-cylinder engines
  • Front and rear cargo areas


Our Expert Reviews

Car enthusiasts often deride mainstream, popular cars as "appliances," saying they don't offer any driving fun. In most cases they're right, but that doesn't mean those cars aren't what most people want.The 2012 Porsche Cayman R, on the other hand, is not an appliance; driving it is like piloting an oversized go-kart, and it offers one of the best blends of power and handlin... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

5.0 out of 5

Based on 2 reviews

Most protective car I've drove

by My baby from Kennewick, WA on January 28, 2013

It made me feel safe and special because its the most smoothed driven car I ever had, and all of my family loved the car and was excited I purchased it.

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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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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