The 2009 "second generation" Porsche Cayman offers superb styling, period. Editors at TheCarConnection.com find that a few new touches are all it takes to keep this vehicle looking good.
Cars.com reviewers observe that the 2009 Porsche Cayman "has pronounced front fenders finished with elliptical headlights and a low hood," and while similar to the Boxster up front, "the Cayman S' appearance veers away from the Boxster's the farther back you go." Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com unanimously approve of the styling, which Kelley Blue Book says makes the Cayman "unmistakably a Porsche, displaying numerous classic styling cues not only from the 911 but from a host of the marque's previous street and competition cars." Car and Driver raves about the rear styling of the Cayman, contending Porsche's "going-away view is arguably the sexiest perspective." New touches for 2009 include redesigned front and rear panels and larger halogen headlights. Integrated direction indicators and new LED rear lights add extra sass to the exterior.
The 2009 Porsche Cayman comes in two major trims, base and S. Edmunds reviewers remark that "also available for the 2009 Cayman S is the Porsche Design Edition 1," which "has added design features such as black paint with matte black stripes, 19-inch wheels, a chrome-plated sports tailpipe and a custom interior color scheme." Kelley Blue Book says that "a key visual differentiator between the two models is that the Cayman S wears 18-inch wheels fitted with lower-profile tires than those that wrap the 17-inch rims on a base Cayman," and they find that "the top-line variant also has a subtle black front spoiler lip" and "a large single oval exhaust."
The praise for the styling of the Porsche Cayman is not limited to the exterior. Although ConsumerGuide approves of the "racy design" that "puts the tachometer appropriately dead ahead on the instrument panel" and the fact that the "control layout is logical," they also note "the audio and climate systems are governed by too many undersized, look-alike buttons." Cars.com agrees, saying that "the radio button layout isn't the best, and the sun visors are tiny." Overall, however, Kelley Blue Book deems the cabin "well-finished." Many reviewers also love the interior styling, which Kelley Blue Book says features "easy-to-scan gauges—with black faces on the base Cayman and satin-aluminum dials on the Cayman S," along with "well positioned main controls and supportive bucket seats." Edmunds loves the gauges too, finding them to be "large and easy to read."