Situated between the 911 and the Boxster in the brand's lineup, the Cayman shares much of its underpinnings with the Boxster roadster. Exterior changes carried forward from last year include upgrades to the exterior with redesigned front and rear panels that accommodate larger halogen headlights and LED tail lights.
The 2010 Cayman's "pronounced front fenders" remain somewhat similar to those of the Boxster, says Cars.com, but the look veers "away from the Boxster's the farther back you go." Car and Driver praises the Cayman's styling, especially the view from behind, which is "arguably the sexiest perspective." Kelley Blue Book also joins the aesthetically pleased bandwagon, noting that the Cayman, though unique, is still "unmistakably a Porsche."
There are two basic packages for the 2010 Cayman: base, and S. The S looks subtly different from the base model to let those in the know pick it out of the crowd. One of the primary differences, as Kelley Blue Book points out, is the 18-inch standard alloys on the S model, and the 17-inch wheels on the base. Other minor changes between the base and S models include a "subtle black front spoiler lip" and "a large single oval exhaust."
It's not just the outside of the 2010 Cayman that reviewers love. The inside gets almost as much praise from ConsumerGuide for its "racy design" and "logical" control layout. They do criticize Porsche for "too many undersized, look-alike buttons" in the audio and climate control system, however. Cars.com seconds the complaint, arguing that "the radio button layout isn't the best, and the sun visors are tiny." The big picture is not so bad, however, as Kelley Blue Book deems the cabin "well-finished." Edmunds loves the gauges in particular, finding them to be "large and easy to read."