2011 Porsche 911 Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Porsche's 911 is big enough to take care of the needs of even tall drivers, but you'll want to spend a bit more for better chairs on the non-racing models.

In base trim, the 911 has a front pair of manual-slide, power-rake seats with the typical Germanic firmness. If it were our checkbook, we'd write a few more numbers for the available 12-way power seats. They're more supportive to your lower back, they have memory positions, and they can come with ventilation to keep your back cool on long drives. They're grippier than the base seats, but not as tiring as the super-firm sport seats. You might want to stop shy of the seats stuffed with adaptive cushions--they inflate or deflate internal air chambers as cornering forces build. It sounds like an advantage, but in practice it feels over the top.

There's no questioning the front head and leg room in the 911, even in coupes with a sunroof. This Porsche's gotten lower over the years but front-seat space is still ample. In back, it's subject to the shape of its long, lovingly sloped tail and to the rear-mounted engine. The backseats are barely big enough for children--they're really just token gestures better used for luggage, since the cargo space under the hood is good only for about a weekend bag, max.

Snug but great-fitting seats are standard on every 911; everyone else and everything else needs to think small.

The 911 Cabriolet remains a favorite of TCC staffers. It has an impressively snug top and comes out of the factory with a heated glass rear window. A one-button process lowers the roof in seconds, while keeping the 911 profile almost intact. The 911 Targa is a compromise: a panoramic glass roof opens the cabin to sunlight, and a big part of its can slide back to draw in fresh air, though the roof structure remains intact.

No matter which body style, the 911 has a tightly constructed feel, and fit and finish top our rankings, with a few exceptions-like the flimsy flip-out cup holders hidden behind poorly fitted plastic trim in front.

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