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2016 Porsche Cayman

$30,274 — $126,606 USED
Coupe
2 Seats
20-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Powerful flat-six engine (S, GTS)
  • Firm but livable ride quality
  • Sleek styling
  • Interior materials
  • Front and rear cargo areas

The Bad

  • Numb steering
  • No lockout feature for manual's Reverse gear
  • Retractable cupholders' ease of use
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Cheap-feeling turn-signal stalk
  • Tire noise
2016 Porsche Cayman exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Porsche Cayman
  • New GT4 model
  • Two-seat, mid-engine coupe
  • Related to Porsche Boxster roadster
  • Choice of flat-six-cylinder engines
  • Manual or dual-clutch automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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Vehicle Overview

The Porsche Cayman is the two-seat coupe sibling of the Boxster roadster, and it competes against the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class. It is available in a variety of trim levels, including the new track-focused GT4.
New for 2016
A new performance model, the Cayman GT4, is available.

(Skip to details on the: Cayman GT4)
Significant Standard Features

  • 275-horsepower, 2.7-liter flat-six-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Mid-engine layout
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • 325-hp, 3.4-liter flat-six-cylinder (S)
  • 340-hp, 3.4-liter flat-six-cylinder (GTS)
  • Leather upholstery
  • Navigation system
  • Sport Chrono Package

Cayman GT4
Not content with the performance of the new-for-2015 Cayman GTS, Porsche looked to its performance heritage for 2016 and came up with the track-focused Cayman GT4. Power comes from the same flat-six engine that powers the 911 Carrera S, and it drives a six-speed manual transmission.
What's Special

  • 385-hp, 3.8-liter flat-six-cylinder engine
  • Front spoiler and rear wing
  • Adaptive chassis and brakes from 911 GT3
  • App for recording lap times and displaying them on a mobile phone

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Vehicle Overview

The Porsche Cayman is the two-seat coupe sibling of the Boxster roadster, and it competes against the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class. It is available in a variety of trim levels, including the new track-focused GT4.
New for 2016
A new performance model, the Cayman GT4, is available.

(Skip to details on the: Cayman GT4)
Significant Standard Features

  • 275-horsepower, 2.7-liter flat-six-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Mid-engine layout
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • 325-hp, 3.4-liter flat-six-cylinder (S)
  • 340-hp, 3.4-liter flat-six-cylinder (GTS)
  • Leather upholstery
  • Navigation system
  • Sport Chrono Package

Cayman GT4
Not content with the performance of the new-for-2015 Cayman GTS, Porsche looked to its performance heritage for 2016 and came up with the track-focused Cayman GT4. Power comes from the same flat-six engine that powers the 911 Carrera S, and it drives a six-speed manual transmission.
What's Special

  • 385-hp, 3.8-liter flat-six-cylinder engine
  • Front spoiler and rear wing
  • Adaptive chassis and brakes from 911 GT3
  • App for recording lap times and displaying them on a mobile phone

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
14 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Outstanding performance car

by joeyft1 from Palatine, Illinois on March 14, 2018

I'm extremely thrilled with the Cayman. As a previous Porsche owner, I can honestly say that this car is the best of the 3 I've owned. Porsche's build quality and performance increases with each ... Read full review

(5.0)

Absolutely Finest Automobile I've Ever Owned!

by Doc from Fort Myers, FL on March 6, 2018

Had I not acquired vertigo & have been unable to rid it, I would have put 150,000 miles on this Cayman as I did with my last one. It is better than my Corvette in every way. I miss being able to enjoy ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Porsche Cayman currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Porsche Cayman has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Porsche

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    8 years/100,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    111-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Cayman received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker