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2010 Porsche Boxster Review

Note: This review was created when the 2010 Porsche Boxster was new.

The 2010 Porsche Boxster bridges the gaps between luxury, utility and hardcore sports performance like few cars can. Auto critics find little to complain about, and Car and Driver even names the Porsche Boxster one of its "10Best" cars for 2010.

8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 8.0
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Smooth, well-mated powertrain options
  • Optional convertible hardtop
  • Luxurious finish and comfortable seats
  • Two cargo holds increases utility
  • Low-slung cabin makes entry/exit difficult
  • Limited on-cabin storage features

2010 Porsche Boxster Overview

Owners of the 2010 Porsche Boxster can rest assured knowing that they own the full package. The Porsche Boxster's powerful engine options and masterfully engineered handling components provide for a thrilling, yet comfortable, ride. Its exterior design is sleek, eye-catching and available with a removable hardtop. Its interior cabin features luxurious and comfortable accommodations for two. And its two cargo holds provide enough trunk space to haul most anything a normal person would want to carry in a Porsche. "Al fresco motoring simply doesn't get better than this for the price, so don't torture yourself with a test drive unless you're ready and able to do the deal," writes Motor Trend.

Other Sports Cars to Consider

Drivers willing to sacrifice the 2010 Porsche Boxster's attractive nameplate and luxurious interior for even greater sports performance should check out the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette. It offers up to 126 more horsepower than the 2010 Porsche Boxster and its handling capabilities are just as impressive -- if not better. Plus, the Corvette coupe provides 22.4 cubic feet of cargo room, making it practical too.

For shoppers on a budget, the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata is also a great sports roadster, and it's available with a retractable hardtop. Just don't expect much luxury or utility. And although it's good looking, it's no Porsche -- so you'll have to kiss goodbye the extra attention too.

Details: 2010 Porsche Boxster

The Porsche Boxster carries into the 2010 model year unchanged. It's available in two trims, the base-level Boxster and Boxster S.

  • "It is a roadster, which means it's fundamentally impractical. It's tiny with a convertible top and is best enjoyed on clear spring days with the top down. It has seats for two people and scant room for their stuff. It does not care. It is a celebration of life as ballet, not a champion of heavy lifting." -- Washington Post
  • "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
  • "Do you really need a 911 for twice the price? The Boxster does the job quite well and carries just as much weight as any other Porsche for 99 percent of the population out there." -- Detroit News
  • "Throw in its impressive cargo space, better than average reliability and extremely strong resale value, and a Boxster S is a pretty sound purchase." -- Automobile.com
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