2009 Porsche Boxster

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2009 Porsche Boxster Review

Note: This review was created when the 2009 Porsche Boxster was new.

The Porsche Boxster offers the best of both worlds: sporty yet comfortable and practical yet luxurious. With characteristics like that, it's no surprise that reviewers have an affinity for it.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth, well-mated powertrain options
  • Optional convertible hardtop
  • Luxurious finish and comfortable seats
  • Two cargo holds increases practicality


  • Low-slung cabin makes entry/exit difficult
  • Limited cabin storage features

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Porsche Boxster has a score of 9.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 65 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 8.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2009 Porsche Boxster Overview

The 2009 Porsche Boxster, the chop-top sibling of the impressive Cayman, is praised by critics for its hardcore sports-car handling, handsome drop-top design, luxurious cabin, and commuter-friendly road composure. "Throw in its impressive cargo space, better than average reliability and extremely strong resale value, and a Boxster S is a pretty sound purchase," adds Automobile.com. And though the Boxster is not free of faults, most auto writers find them insignificant.

Before you buy a Boxster, be sure to test-drive a Chevy Corvette first. While not as luxurious as the Boxster, its performance abilities are just as impressive -- if not better. For those on a budget, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is also a great sports roadster, and it's available with a retractable hardtop.

The Porsche Boxster is available in two trims, the base-level Boxster and Boxster S.

  • "It's impossible for any sun lover to drive the Porsche Boxster without a smile extended ear to ear. ...  Top-down driving works because it becomes an event, a kind of short vacation with a luxury factor of ten on a ten-point scale." -- Road & Travel Magazine
  • "At this Porsche's lofty price point, there are always substitutes. Still, even in its jaw-dropping 10th year of production, the Boxster S remains one of the purest and most satisfying sports cars on the planet, and PDK's impeccable performance may well seal the deal for those who aren't sold on shifting for themselves." -- Edmunds

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