Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Porsche Cayman VS 2014 Infiniti Q60 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Porsche Cayman

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2014 Infiniti Q60

Safety Comparison

The Cayman PDK offers optional Porsche Active Safety, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Q60 Coupe doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Porsche Cayman has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Cayman offers optional ParkAssist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Cayman and the Q60 Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Cayman’s corrosion warranty is 3 years longer than the Q60 Coupe’s (10 vs. 7 years).

There are over 27 percent more Porsche dealers than there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Cayman’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Cayman has a standard 2100 amp alternator. The Q60 Coupe’s 130 amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked fourth.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 20th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Cayman S is faster than the Infiniti Q60 Coupe (base engine) (automatics tested):

Cayman

Q60 Coupe

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109.7 MPH

100.9 MPH

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the Cayman lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Cayman gets better fuel mileage than the Q60 Coupe RWD:

Cayman

Q60 Coupe

Base/Manual

21 city/30 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

S/Manual

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

S/Auto

21 city/30 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

IPL

Regenerative brakes improve the Cayman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cayman’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Cayman offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Cayman stops much shorter than the Q60 Coupe:

Cayman

Q60 Coupe

70 to 0 MPH

146 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Cayman has larger tires than the Q60 Coupe (F:235/45R18 & R:265/45R18 vs. 225/50R18). The Cayman’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q60 Coupe (F:235/45R18 & R:265/45R18 vs. F:225/45R19 & R:245/40R19).

The Cayman’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q60 Coupe’s standard 50 series tires. The Cayman’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Q60 Coupe’s optional 45 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cayman offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Q60 Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Cayman has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Q60 Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Cayman offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Q60 Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Cayman S handles at .99 G’s, while the Q60 Coupe S pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Cayman’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the Q60 Coupe’s (36 feet vs. 36.1 feet). The Cayman’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Q60 Coupe AWD’s (36 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Porsche Cayman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 850 pounds less than the Infiniti Q60 Coupe.

The Cayman is 10.7 inches shorter than the Q60 Coupe, making the Cayman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Porsche Cayman amounts to more than styling. The Cayman has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd. That is lower than the Q60 Coupe (.31 to .32). A more efficient exterior helps the Cayman go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Cayman get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Cayman has a much larger trunk than the Q60 Coupe (15 vs. 7.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Cayman’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Q60 Coupe’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Cayman to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Cayman offers an optional rear wiper. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Cayman offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the Cayman with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Q60 Coupe’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Cayman offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Q60 Coupe has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Cayman’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

Optional Online Services for the Cayman allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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