Should You Daily Drive a Porsche 911?

The Porsche 911 has one of the finest performance tenures of any sports car or supercar. However, it’s still quite a bit less practical than a modern sports sedan like an Alfa-Romeo Giulia. Still, can your daily drive a Porsche 911, like a Turbo S or Carrera 4, or is it out of the question?

Can you daily drive a Porsche 911?

The Porsche 911 is a surprisingly apt daily driver. First, Porsche’s flagship performance car is a bit of a chameleon with trims to fit your needs and driving desires. For instance, the 2022 model year (of the 992 generation) offers a series of coupes, Targas, and even some wicked-fast GT3s and 911 Turbos. Moreover, the 911 has a 2+2 layout, which packs a small back seat for determined passengers or storage. 

A 992 generation Porsche 911 with AWD can be a good 911 daily driver.
Porsche 911 992 | Sjoerd van der Wal, Getty Images

Thanks to its front-located trunk and back seat, the 911 is a viable alternative to dedicated two-seater sports cars like the Jaguar F-Type AWD. However, you’ll be better suited for daily driving in an all-wheel drive (AWD) iteration, like the 992 911 Turbo S. 

Which Porsche 911 is the best daily driver?

In short, the Porsche 911 is a good daily driver platform for potential owners who want a sports car to handle commutes. However, a 911 with AWD might be your best bet, depending on where you live and work. For instance, the latest 992-generation 911 Turbos and Turbo S models pack sure-footed AWD for inclement weather and neck-snapping acceleration. However, you don’t have to stretch to the top-tier Turbo models for AWD. 

The 997 generation Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is a great daily driver performance car.
Porsche 997.2 Turbo | Neil Godwin, Total 911 Magazine, Future via Getty Images)

The Carrera 4 is a lower 911 trim option with standard AWD to tackle your commutes and casual shopping trips. Also, while the newest 911 Carrera 4s start at around $110,000, an older-generation Carrera 4 can deliver your AWD sports car for much less. For instance, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) says you can snag a 997-generation 2006 Carrera 4 for around $41,201, depending on mileage and location. Moreover, a 996 or 996.2 car (1998 to 2004) could save you even more, albeit with the controversial “scrambled egg” headlights and some of the first water-cooled 911 engines. 

Is the Porsche 911 reliable?

The 996 911 has controversial styling but great performance.
1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 | National Motor Museum, Heritage Images, Getty Images

The latest Porsche 911s are some of the most reliable performance cars on the road. For instance, J.D. Power scored the 992 Porsche 911s highly in owner satisfaction and recognized the 2022 model as the highest-rated model of its kind in its U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. Of course, the 911 has its issues, as with any sports car. Still, the Porsche 911 is a fast, balanced, 2+2 performance car with above-average reliability. 

Should you commute in a 911?

If you don’t transport excessive cargo when you grocery shop, head to work, and go out for drives, the 911 is a solid choice for a performance-oriented commuter. Moreover, with so many AWD trims available over multiple generations, there’s a 911 for seemingly every kind of sports car shopper. 

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