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9.0

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 9.5
Interior: 8.7
Safety:
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2019 Porsche Boxster Review

The 2019 Porsche Boxster ranks near the top of our luxury sports car rankings. It’s a standout performer even in this loaded class, and it has a premium interior and an above-average predicted reliability rating to boot.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding handling
  • Powerful, efficient engines
  • Posh interior
  • Spacious seats
  • Trunk space not that usable

Is the Porsche Boxster a Good Car?

Yes, the Porsche Boxster is an excellent luxury sports car. It's one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class thanks to its energetic engines and dynamic handling. It also delivers a smooth ride and provides an elegant, comfortable interior. It may not be practical since it only seats two and its cargo space isn't that useful, but the same can be said of some competitors. Like many other Porsche models, the Boxster has a good predicted reliability score.

Should I Buy the Porsche Boxster?

The Boxster makes a great choice in this class for all the reasons listed above, and it's a convertible, which isn't the case with every rival. Some luxury sports cars have lower starting prices, so you could argue that there are better values in the class than the Boxster. However, many lower-priced rivals don’t offer the Boxster's exhilarating handling and robust engine options. If you like the Boxster, you should compare it to similarly priced competitors like the Jaguar F-Type and Chevrolet Corvette, which are both available in coupe and convertible body styles.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche Boxster?

The 2019 Boxster belongs to a generation that began with the 2017 model year. There aren't any major changes for 2019. A new GTS trim with 15 more horsepower than the Boxster S was introduced for 2018. The redesigned 2017 model featured several updates, including a different group of engines and trims, a retuned suspension, more responsive power steering, new interior and exterior styling, and a standard 7-inch touch screen.

You can potentially save money by shopping for a used Boxster, and you should look at our 2017 and 2018 Porsche Boxster reviews to see if a used car might be right for you. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 23 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Boxster generation, which runs from 2017 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Porsche Boxster Cost?

Luxury sports cars have an interesting split in price; nearly every car in the class has a base price that's either under $60,000 or above $85,000. The base Boxster costs around $59,000, putting it on the high end of the lower range. The range-topping Boxster GTS starts at around $83,000.

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Porsche Boxster Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Porsche 718 Boxster or Porsche 718 Cayman?

The 718 Cayman is basically a coupe version of the 718 Boxster. They have the same features, posh cabin, engine and transmission options, and chassis. The Cayman's ride is a little more rigid, but the two cars handle and drive similarly for the most part. The Cayman also has a lower starting price than the Boxster.

Which Is Better: Porsche 718 Boxster or Mercedes-Benz SLC?

The Mercedes-Benz SLC is a two-seat roadster that carries a lower starting price than the Boxster and comes with a power-folding hardtop. It has a similarly powerful engine lineup, including a high-performance AMG model. The SLC's cabin is incredibly nice, and it has a larger trunk than the Boxster. The Porsche is far more agile, but the Mercedes holds its own and offers a great ride quality. In the end, the Boxster is the better sports car, but the SLC is an attractive value for those looking for a luxury convertible.

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Boxster Performance

Boxster Engine: Eager to Perform

You have three engine choices in the Boxster. All three are turbocharged four-cylinders, and they put out 300, 350, and 365 horsepower. This Porsche accelerates quickly and feels powerful with any engine, but the two most powerful turbo-fours take things to a new level. The 300-horsepower engine darts from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, and the 365-horsepower engine does it in just 3.9 seconds.

Boxster Gas Mileage: A Bit Above Average

The Boxster gets better fuel economy than some competitors, though it still trails the class leaders by a little bit. It earns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Compared to the Mercedes-Benz SLC, you'll spend about $150 more per year on gas in the Boxster.

Boxster Ride and Handling: A True Athlete

Even among sports cars, the Boxster stands out for its nimble handling, excellent balance, and sure-footed feel. It's incredibly fun to drive and more than a match for any winding road. While some athletic cars provide a stiff ride, the Boxster’s ride is smooth and serene.

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Boxster Interior

How Many People Does the Boxster Seat?

This roadster seats two people. The seats are supportive and comfortable, and most adults will have plenty of head- and legroom. It's also easy to find a suitable driving position because the seats are highly adjustable.

Boxster and Car Seats

As with most two-seat cars, the Boxster does not have any LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

Boxster Interior Quality

This Porsche features a great interior. The cabin is sleek and attractive, and there are soft-touch materials throughout.

Boxster Cargo Space

The Boxster’s cargo space is split into two trunks because of its midengine design. Yet, you can't carry large items because both trunks are small. The front trunk has 5.2 cubic feet of space, and the rear trunk has 4.4 cubic feet of space.

Boxster Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a power-folding soft top, automatic climate control, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, and satellite radio. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite navigation, and two premium audio systems.

The infotainment system has an intuitive interface and a responsive touch screen with sharp graphics. The Boxster has Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, but unlike some rivals, it doesn’t offer Android Auto.

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Boxster Reliability

Is the Porsche Boxster Reliable?

The 2019 Boxster has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Porsche Boxster Warranty

The Porsche Boxster comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. 

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Boxster Safety

Boxster Crash Test Results

The 2019 Boxster has not yet been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Boxster Safety Features

The Boxster comes with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with brake assist.

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Which Porsche Boxster Model Is Right for Me?

The big difference between the three Boxster trims is the powertrain. However, you pay a pretty penny for the extra power, as each step up in trim carries a five-figure price increase. Since the base trim delivers a powerful, sporty driving experience, most buyers are better off sticking with that and using the money saved to add features.

Porsche 718 Boxster

The Porsche Boxster base trim is known only as the Boxster. It has a starting price of around $59,000. Standard features include a power-folding soft top, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, satellite radio, and HD Radio.

There are several features you can add, including 14-way power-adjustable seats, 18-way power-adjustable sport seats, navigation, a Bose audio system, a Burmester audio system, and performance upgrades like ceramic brakes. You can also add the PDK transmission. Note that these upgrades can cost several thousand dollars.

Porsche 718 Boxster S

The Boxster S starts at around $72,000. The S comes standard with a turbo-four engine that puts out 50 more horsepower than the base engine. Otherwise, the Boxster S has mostly the same standard and available features as the base Boxster.

Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

The Boxster GTS sports a starting price of around $83,000. The GTS features a 365-horsepower turbo-four engine and the same transmission choices as the other models, as well as some other handling enhancements.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Porsche Boxster is upscale and comfortable. Perhaps most importantly, it's quick and agile, so it does exceptionally well in the category that matters most for a luxury sports car: driving enjoyment. An above-average predicted reliability rating vaults this Porsche toward the top of our rankings, but the Boxster is just one of many great choices in this class.

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

  • "The new 718 Boxster and Boxster S aren't just worthy of the Porsche badge, I'd venture as far as to say these are the best Boxsters yet." -- Road and Track (2017)
  • "Now, after driving the 2017 Boxster, we can happily report that Porsche's entry-level roadster is as satisfying as ever. Step up to a Boxster S, and it's downright thrilling." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • It might not be loved universally, at least not immediately, but yes, sir, it's still a Boxster, and that's no bad thing." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
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