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2014 Porsche Boxster Review

The 2014 Porsche Boxster sits near the top of our luxury sports car rankings thanks in part to its strong acceleration and superb handling. It also has an attractive interior that rivals pricier competitors. The Boxster gets a further boost from its almost perfect reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent performance
  • Supportive seats
  • Lack of interior storage space
  • Split trunk reduces cargo space




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Porsche Boxster Overview

Is the 2014 Porsche Boxster a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Porsche Boxster is a great used luxury sports car. It has a powerful yet fuel-efficient base six-cylinder engine and an attractive, comfortable, practical interior. The soft top opens and closes at driving speeds of up to 31 mph. For a sports car, its ownership costs are reasonable.

Used 2014 Porsche Boxster Performance and Interior

The 2014 Porsche Boxster offers two six-cylinder engines that produce strong acceleration. The base model’s engine makes 265 horsepower, while the S trim’s generates 315 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission with short, precise shifts is standard, and a seven-speed automatic transmission is available.

The rear-wheel-drive Boxster combines a comfortable ride with phenomenal handling that’s enhanced by the electric steering system. The Boxster also demonstrates an abundance of cornering grip. The base six-cylinder with the dual-clutch automatic transmission gets the best fuel economy of all the Boxsters at 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The S trim’s six-cylinder engine mated to the six-speed manual transmission has a rating of 20/27 mpg city/highway.

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The two-seat Boxster comes standard with power-adjustable reclining seats and leather trim. Also available are fully power-adjustable, full leather, heated and cooled seats. The standard seats are supportive and comfortable, and they offer enough legroom for taller drivers.

A four-speaker audio system comes standard, along with Bluetooth phone connectivity and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display. Some models might also have dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and navigation. The Boxster has a driver-oriented interior design, which makes the screens handy to use.

The Boxster’s midengine design means you get two trunks. The front trunk has 5.3 cubic feet of space, and the rear trunk offers 4.6 cubic feet of space. Interior storage is almost nonexistent.

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Used 2014 Porsche Boxster Prices

The price of a used 2014 Porsche Boxster ranges from about $41,200 for the base trim to around $51,000 for the Porsche Boxster S trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Porsche Boxster?

The 2014 Porsche Boxster has a reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That’s well above the industry average and a better score than most luxury sports cars earn.

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How Safe Is the Boxster?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tested the 2014 Porsche Boxster. There are no standard active safety features, but front and rear park assist can be found in some used models.

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Should I Consider Another Used Boxster?

The 2014 Porsche Boxster marks the second year of the two-seat roadster’s third generation. You might want to consider a 2013 Boxster, as it is not significantly different from the 2014 model but will likely cost less. The 330-horsepower Boxster GTS was introduced for 2015; it’s worth considering if you seek more horsepower.

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Which Used Porsche Boxster Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Porsche Boxster is available in two trims: base and S. Aside from their engines, little separates the two models. The Boxster is loaded with performance attributes and features like partial-leather power seats, a multifunction display, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. The S trim adds auto-leveling high-intensity discharge headlights; larger wheels; larger, more potent brakes; and cosmetic touches, like red brake calipers. You’ll find the base Boxster a good choice, as it has the creature comforts and performance one would expect from a car in this class.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Boxster. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Porsche extends the original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. If the CPO vehicle is past its original new-car warranty term (four years/50,000 miles), Porsche will cover the CPO vehicle for two years or 50,000 miles – though Porsche places total mileage limits on this warranty. Each CPO Porsche must pass a 111-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Porsche warranty page carefully.

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2014 Porsche Boxster and Other Cars to Consider

The 2014 Porsche Boxster is only available as a convertible. The 2014 Porsche Cayman is its hardtop equivalent. The two share similar platforms, engines, and equipment.

Which Is Better: 2014 Porsche Boxster or 2014 BMW Z4?

The 2014 BMW Z4 is a good luxury roadster – it’s just not the sports car the 2014 Porsche Boxster is. The Boxster’s six-cylinder engine is more powerful than the Z4’s four-cylinder engine. The Porsche is also much more nimble than the BMW on curvy back roads. The BMW has a hardtop convertible, while the Porsche uses a cloth top. Both have quality interiors befitting their luxury status. The Boxster is the better choice because of its performance. However, the Z4 has lower total ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2014 Porsche Boxster or 2014 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2014 Chevy Corvette, available as a convertible or hardtop, bests the Boxster convertible in raw power, churning out nearly 200 more horsepower and more than double the torque of the Porsche. The Vette’s tenacious grip rivals what the Boxster puts down. The Corvette can’t match the Boxster’s near-perfect reliability score, but it does offer a lower total cost of ownership. Both cars are winners. The choice may well come down to which you prefer driving – the front-end-engine Corvette, or the midengine Boxster.

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