The Porsche Cayman has few natural rivals, balancing luxury, sport, and size in a niche segment.
Its best alternatives are other Porsches: the soft-top Boxster and the bigger-brother 911.
The Boxster provides very similar levels of performance and luxury, while adding the fun of top-down driving.
The 911 overlaps the upper end of the Boxster S spectrum on price, and packs more power, space, and utility, as well as its own brilliant take on handling and dynamics.
For other alternatives, you have to look to Nissan and its luxury brand Infiniti.
The 2014 Nissan 370Z is about $3,000 less expensive than it was last year--and about half the price of the Cayman--making it a smart performance value in the 300-plus horsepower class.
If you want more luxury with your sport, the 2014 Inifniti Q60 (previously known as the G37 Coupe) offers the punch of the 370Z with a plus-two back seat and upgraded interior materials and equipment.
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|20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded H-6||N/A||Premium Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded H-6||Premium Unleaded H-6|
|2-Door Coupe||N/A||2-Door Coupe Manual||2-Door Coupe Carrera||2-Door Roadster|
|Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||N/A||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|