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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
a good deal more practicality than may be apparent at first glance
Kelley Blue Book
More mechanical ruckus than in front-engine designs
mostly nice materials throughout and fine build quality
Roomy storage areas for car's size
The Cayman's a compact two-seater, and a real sportscar--so if you're looking for six cupholders and acres of leg room, you may want to consider the Cayenne instead.
Ample headroom reminds Cayman drivers of the bigger 911--it's like a speed cathedral inside--but the base seats don't give the kind of bolstered grip you'll need when exercising the Cayman at its limits. For enthusiastic track driving, the optional adaptive sport seats are probably a better bet, even though the inflatable action during cornering can be more of a distracting gimmick. Either way, the Cayman is comfortable enough for long drives.
The Cayman also has more usable cargo space than its near-twin, the Boxster, since it doesn't have to stow a convertible top. Because the engine is mounted amidship, the Cayman can stow gear both in front and in back, and Porsche even offers fitted luggage to take advantage of every possible nook. The cockpit doesn't have as much space, but small objects like phones can be hidden in the console.Noise is ever-present in the Cayman, whether it's a little wind noise or a lot of engine note. To us, it sounds like music, but it might be draining after a few hours unabated. Porsche's build quality is top-drawer, and only a few pieces of interior plastic don't quite make its grade.
Noise is a delight or a burden, depending on your point of view, but the Cayman provides more interior space than expected, and good fit and finish.