2016 Porsche Cayman vs. Its Competition

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The best alternatives to the Porsche Cayman, surprisingly, are other Porsche models.

There's the soft-top Boxster, which provides about the same luxury and comfort as the Cayman (it's not much louder inside) while adding the fun of top-down driving.

The Porsche 911 packs more power, space, and utility, as well as its own brilliant take on handling and dynamics.

If you're willing to forgo most of the luxuries, the new Alfa Romeo 4C provides similar mid-engine handling in a focused, light-weight package.

Off in the other direction there's the Chevrolet Corvette, which goes all out on the fun-per-dollar ratio—with a huge V-8, rear-wheel drive, and a lot of attitude.

The Nissan 370Z is thousands less than a Cayman (about half the price if you consider what most Caymans sell for), but it's definitely not as polished of a performer.

The Infiniti Q60 Coupe offers the punch of the 370Z with a plus-two back seat and upgraded interior materials and equipment.

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Quick Specs
8.8
The 2016 Porsche Cayman offers most of the driving satisfaction and practicality of the fabled 911—and perhaps with even more thrills.
8.0
The 2016 Nissan 370Z offers a wide range of performance options in two body styles, all of which represent good value in a segment of the sports-car world with few other similarly priced options.
9.0
From the satisfying Carrera to the outrageous GT3 RS, the 2016 Porsche 911 is consistently brilliant, and lives up to the this model line's pedigree in every respect—with some modern comforts spliced right in.
8.8
The 2016 Porsche Boxster is a thrill to drive; but beyond that it's a great car in nearly every way, and one of the best-value sports cars you can get.
7.8
The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C is a dazzling purist's sports car with great power and handling but little in terms of space and comfort.
MSRP From     
$52,600N/A$29,990$84,300$52,100$55,900
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded H-6N/APremium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded H-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Two-SeatersN/ATwo-SeatersMinicompact CarsTwo-SeatersTwo-Seaters
Style Name     
2-Door CoupeN/A2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
2N/A2422
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
CoupeN/ACoupeCoupeConvertibleCoupe
Transmission     
Manual w/ODN/AManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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