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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
most drivers will be comfortable behind the wheel
seats hug without binding
comfortable form-fitting front bucket seat
all kinds of whooshes, clicks, whistles, booms and slams
For comfort, it's up to you to choose plusher seats for your 911. If it were our car, we'd skip the nicely firm manual-slide, power-rake seats and move up to the 12-way power seats. They have memory positions, good back support, and optional ventilation, and they feel better on longer trips than the base or the superfirm sport seats. Some seats have adaptive cushioning, and inflate or deflate some air chambers on the go-which seems over the top.
The 911's upright style lends lots of headroom to the front passengers, but that lovely, long slope to the tail and the rear-mounted engine turn the backseats into child's play. They're token gestures, not even large enough for small children. Use them for luggage-there's also a weekend-bag space under the front hood-and you'll be able to take it on a couples' vacation.
Cabriolet versions are fitted with an impressively snug top and equipped with a heated glass rear window. Putting the top down is a one-button affair that snugly retracts the whole thing in just a few seconds and sends it back up in a few more. Targa models have a large glass sunroof that glides back for a more open-air driving experience, though it still retains a roof structure.
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.
Autoblog: backseat is "bordering on unusable"
Motor Authority: "+2 seating in back is, as usual, a cruel German joke"
Cars.com: "backseat riders are in for a major squeeze"
Autoblog: "adequate cargo capacity"
Motor Authority: "roll-on-sized area under the front aluminum hood"
ConsumerGuide: "cabin materials are solid and mostly upscale"
Up front, the Porsche 911 offers a snug, well-built space-in back, it's one tight squeeze.