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2020 Porsche Boxster Review

The 2020 Porsche Boxster is one of our top-ranking luxury sports cars. It offers muscular engines, razor-sharp handling, a comfortable interior, and good predicted reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Sharp, dynamic handling
  • Lineup of powerful engines
  • High-end cabin materials
  • Comfortable, supportive seats
  • Small cargo holds
  • Poor rear visibility with top up

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Porsche Boxster's #1 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Porsche Boxster has a score of 9.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

9.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.7
Interior: 8.1
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the Porsche Boxster a Good Car?

Yes, the Porsche Boxster is an excellent luxury sports car, thanks in large part to its lively handling and spry acceleration. When you're not darting around on twisty roads, the cabin is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the drive. Premium materials are everywhere, the seats are welcoming, and tech features are user-friendly. The 2020 Boxster is so good that it narrowly bests the legendary Porsche 911 in our rankings.

You have to look close to find any serious faults with the Boxster. Poor visibility out the sides and back with the top up is one problem. Its cargo holds are another. The small trunk in back and the front trunk (or frunk) can hold a bag each, but you can forget about carrying anything larger than that.

Should I Buy the Porsche Boxster?

The Boxster should be on the short list of anyone shopping for a sporty luxury car, and doubly so if one of your priorities is buying a convertible. To get most of the Boxster's attributes wrapped under a fixed hardtop, check out the Porsche Cayman. There are some lower-priced classmates, such as the Mercedes-Benz SLC convertible, but aside from saving you money, they don’t stack up against the Boxster.

Compare the Boxster, Cayman, and SLC »

Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche Boxster?

Porsche introduces two new Boxster models for 2020 that make an already eye-catching car a little more appealing. The Boxster T comes standard with some performance upgrades, including enhanced sport seats, a lowered adaptive sport suspension, torque vectoring steering, launch control, and an upgraded Sport driving mode, among others. You can get all these features as options in a standard Boxster, but adding them will raise its price above that of the T trim. Also new for 2020 is the 718 Spyder, which reintroduces a naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine to the car's lineup. With 414 horsepower, the Spyder is the range-topping trim.

If you're not tempted by one of these new models, consider shopping for an older Boxster from the current generation, which began with the 2017 model year. You’ll get a car that’s very similar to a new Boxster but likely less expensive.

As you shop, read our full reviews of older models such as the 2017 Boxster, 2018 Boxster, and 2019 Boxster to help make your decision. You might also consider a certified pre-owned model. Then, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

Compare the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Boxster »

We Did the Research for You: 21 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 21 Porsche Boxster reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 Boxster is the right new car for you.

This 2020 Boxster review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2017.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain objective, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team manages the advertising on our site.

How Much Does the Porsche Boxster Cost?

The 2020 Porsche Boxster starts at $59,600, which is on the lower end of the luxury sports car class, where base prices can top $150,000. There are three other trims: The Boxster T starts at $68,500, the Boxster S retails for $72,000, and the new Boxster 718 Spyder costs $96,300.

Each model comes with a similar list of standard features, but Porsche offers a seemingly endless array of optional amenities and appearance personalization that can raise the Boxster’s price by tens of thousands of dollars.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great deals at your local Porsche dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Porsche deals page.

Porsche Boxster Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Porsche Boxster or Porsche Cayman?

The main difference between the Boxster and Porsche 718 Cayman is body type. The Boxster is an open-air roadster, while the Cayman is a hardtop coupe. These fraternal twins have the same lineup of engine choices and standard and optional features, along with similarly impressive handling. Compared to the Boxster, the price of the hardtop Cayman is lower by a few thousand dollars. Also, the Cayman has roughly 5 extra cubic feet of space in its rear cargo hold because it doesn’t require a place to store the top. Both of these Porsches are great buys. Go with the Boxster if you want a convertible. Otherwise, the Cayman should suit you fine.

Which Is Better: Porsche Boxster or Mercedes-Benz SLC?

The only advantage the Mercedes-Benz SLC has over the Boxster is price. With a starting price that's under $50,000, the SLC is one of the least expensive luxury sports cars you can buy. However, the Boxster has a nicer cabin design and more seating space than the SLC, and it's more agile and fun to drive. A standard 241-horsepower engine hurts the SLC's performance chops, though you can get an AMG edition with a 385-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6. Don't overthink this matchup of German rivals. Spend some extra money and get the much better Boxster. If you decide the SLC is right for you, know that Mercedes is discontinuing this small roadster after the 2020 model year.

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Boxster Performance

Boxster Engine: Superb Trio

The 2020 Porsche Boxster lineup features three great midmounted engines, all of which deliver excellent acceleration off the line and exciting power at higher speeds. The standard Boxster and the Boxster T get their life from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 300 horsepower.

Up next is the Boxster S, which has a 350-horsepower turbo-four with larger displacement. The 718 Spyder ditches forced induction and makes 414 horsepower from a six-cylinder flat boxer engine. The Spyder can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

All models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. This gearbox is a great fit for the Boxster's engaging personality. Boxster T and Spyder models have a short-throw shifter for quicker gear changes. Just as attractive is an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It can rattle off quicker shifts than the manual and makes an excellent companion to any of the engines.

Boxster Gas Mileage: Unknown for Now

At the time of writing, neither the EPA nor Porsche has released fuel economy estimates for the 2020 Boxster.

Boxster Ride and Handling: One of the Best

The Porsche Boxster is one of the sharpest handling cars on the road. Thanks to its midengine layout, light weight, and low center of gravity, this roadster stays planted around turns and when carving up sharp corners. Steering is responsive and precise.

For all its enthusiastic handling, the Boxster maintains an enjoyable ride quality. This is a car that's just as content soaking up highway miles as it is on the track.

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Boxster Interior

How Many People Does the Boxster Seat?

The Porsche Boxster is a two-seat roadster. The standard sport seats are comfortable, but the inner cushions are a little narrow, and the seats have limited adjustability. Optional 14-way power adjustments make it a little easier to get comfortable.

Porsche also offers the Boxster with Sport Seats Plus. These buckets have wider side bolstering for better support, but that might make them a little too snug for some occupants. These seats come with 18-way power adjustments.

Boxster and Child Car Seats

As with most two-seat cars, the Boxster does not have any LATCH connectors for installing child car seats. We do not recommend using a child safety seat in the front seat of any vehicle.

Boxster Interior Quality

Everything in the Boxster's cabin is solid and well-built. Nearly all materials are premium as well, but you might notice some disappointing hard plastic surfaces in the base model. However, you can customize nearly every inch of the interior, picking from surfaces and trim pieces that include high-end leathers, carbon fiber, wood, aluminum, and Alcantara suede.

Boxster Cargo Space

Because the engine is behind the seats, the Boxster has two trunks. There’s 5.2 cubic feet of space in the front trunk and 4.4 cubic feet in the back. Each of these spaces can hold a few grocery or shopping bags or a medium-sized suitcase. Putting the top down doesn't encroach on the space in the rear trunk.

Boxster Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Boxster isn't as high-tech as some other Porsche vehicles, but it still has a decent amount of modern comforts. All trims come equipped with a sleek and responsive 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system. After an initial learning curve, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) interface is straightforward and easy to use. The screen's graphics look great, and you control the system using smartphonelike gestures like swiping.

Satellite radio, an eight-speaker stereo, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports are all standard. Options include Apple CarPlay, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, voice recognition, and a 10-speaker Bose or 12-speaker Burmester premium surround-sound system.

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Boxster Reliability

Is the Porsche Boxster Reliable?

The 2020 Porsche Boxster has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. Nearly all luxury sports cars have a rating of average or better.

Porsche Boxster Warranty

Porsche covers the Boxster with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. That length and mileage is comparable to many other luxury brands.

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Boxster Safety

Boxster Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Porsche Boxster. Since its inception, the Boxster has never been put through any crash testing.

Boxster Safety Features

The Boxster comes standard with a rearview camera as well as front and rear parking sensors. Optional features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, adaptive low-beam headlights, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Read more about safety »

Boxster Dimensions and Weight

The Porsche Boxster is 14.4 to 14.5 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,021 to 3,206 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Porsche Boxster Built?

Porsche builds the 2020 Boxster in Germany.

Which Porsche Boxster Model Is Right for Me?

Porsche offers the 2020 Boxster in four trim levels: Boxster, T, S, and Spyder. The main difference between trims is the powertrain. All Boxster models come with rear-wheel drive and your choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission.

The Boxster base model should deliver satisfying-enough performance for most drivers, and because all trims have a nearly identical list of features, it's also the best value.

Porsche 718 Boxster

The 2020 Porsche Boxster starts at $59,600 and comes with a 300-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Standard features include partial leather upholstery, sport seats, a power-folding soft top, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors. The standard infotainment system includes a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, an eight-speaker sound system, satellite radio, and HD Radio.

A long list of optional features includes full leather upholstery, upgraded sport seats, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a heated steering wheel, ventilated seats, and LED headlights.

You can also spring for driver assistance features such as adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring. Infotainment options include Apple CarPlay, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, a 12-speaker Burmester stereo, and voice recognition.

Optional performance enhancements include a lowered adaptive suspension, torque vectoring steering, speed-sensitive steering, and ceramic composite brakes. The Sport Chrono package adds a stopwatch, launch control, an upgraded Sport driving mode, manual transmission rev matching, and adaptive engine mounts.

Porsche 718 Boxster T

The new-for-2020 Boxster T starts at $68,500 and features the same engine as the base model, along with a lowered adaptive sport suspension, torque vectoring steering, and the Sport Chrono package.

Porsche 718 Boxster S

The Porsche Boxster S carries a price tag of $72,000. It comes with a 350-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Porsche 718 Spyder

Another new model for 2020, the Porsche 718 Spyder costs $96,300 and has a standard 414-horsepower 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine. It also comes with upgraded brakes, high-performance tires, and adjustable chassis components.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Porsche dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Porsche deals page.

See 2020 Porsche Boxster specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2020 Porsche Boxster excels on nearly all fronts, securing its place as a top-ranked luxury sports car. Whether you prioritize a fun, thrilling drive or comfortable cruising, the Boxster delivers. To top it off, it has a very palatable base price in a segment where six figures are often the norm.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster is one of the best sports cars you can buy if you desire driving enjoyment. It's fast, nimble and uncommonly precise in the way it communicates with its driver. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine lacks character, but the addition of the Spyder for 2020 means you can finally reclaim that classic Porsche six-cylinder sound in one of the purest driver's cars on the road." -- Edmunds
  • "This soft-top sports car isn't intended to be practical. No. The 2020 718 Boxster is meant to put its driver on a pedestal and redefine the sports car genre." -- Car and Driver
  • "It’s been called the 'Baby 911' for good reason. The sleek and sexy … Porsche 718 Boxster comes surprisingly close to matching the thrills of the German marque’s flagship model -- for a significantly lower price, the latest-generation Boxster starting at barely $60,000." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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