Best Bet
(5.0) 2 reviews
MSRP: $22,091$61,631
Body Style: Coupe
Combined MPG: 22-23
Engine: 265-hp, 2.9-liter H-6 (premium)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2012 Porsche Cayman

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 a separate report in the Cars.com Research section.A Porsche SportDesign steering wheel is newly av... 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

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.