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8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.6
Safety: N/A
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2015 Porsche Boxster Review

The 2015 Porsche Boxster sits high in our rankings thanks to its muscular engines and track-ready handling. An excellent reliability rating and a handsome cabin further contribute to this roadster's standing. 

Pros & Cons

  • Vigorous performance
  • Stunning interior
  • Supportive seats
  • Excellent reliability

 

  • Small cargo spaces

 

New for 2015

  • Rearview camera and parking sensors made available
  • GTS trim level introduced

2015 Porsche Boxster Overview

Is the 2015 Porsche Boxster a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Boxster is the perfect example of a great used luxury sports car. It features booming engine power and amazing driving dynamics, all wrapped in a classy, upscale package. It also has very reasonable purchase and ownership costs for a class that offers some of the most expensive cars you can buy.

Used 2015 Porsche Boxster Performance and Interior

The 2015 Porsche Boxster is powered by a series of available flat-six engines that produce between 265 and 375 horsepower. Compared to the offerings in other sports cars, the standard engine can feel a bit slow. However, the more powerful engines in the Boxster S and GTS models pick up that slack. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) seven-speed automatic is available. Both transmissions complement the engine lineup perfectly – the manual shifts smoothly, while the PDK is refined and results in spry acceleration. A PDK-equipped Boxster with the Sport Chrono package can rocket from zero to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. The Boxster's fuel economy estimates are good for the class, ranging from 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway to 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. 

The Boxster has world-class performance with exhilarating handling. Steering is responsive and provides good feedback despite being electrically assisted, and the midengine layout gives the car excellent grip and balance around turns. An adaptive suspension is available, which provides good comfort over most surfaces. 

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The Boxster has room for two on standard leatherette sport seats. There are several variations of the sport seats that provide better side bolstering and support. Other available amenities include leather, power-adjustable, heated or ventilated seats. Taller drivers and passengers should have ample space thanks to the seats' low position and extensive legroom. An available rearview camera and parking sensors are new for 2015 and help mitigate the car's poor rear visibility with the top up. The Boxster has two small trunk spaces – one in the front and one in the back – but neither is suitable for more than a few small bags. 

Standard features in the Boxster include a 7-inch infotainment touch screen. Other available features include Bluetooth, a rearview camera, proximity-key entry, parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a premium Bose or Burmester sound system, and the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system with navigation. The Boxster's infotainment controls are straightforward and user-friendly, and the cabin emits an aura of elegance and refinement. 

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Used 2015 Porsche Boxster Prices

Used 2015 Boxsters range from around $45,700 for a base model to about $64,000 for a Boxster GTS. Your exact price will depend on the car’s mileage, features, and condition. Prices can also fluctuate with demand and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 13 Reviews Analyzed

To help you with your used car purchase, we analyze the consensus opinions of professional auto writers alongside reliability ratings, cost of ownership estimates, and more. We compiled 13 Porsche Boxster reviews for this buying guide.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Porsche Boxster?

The 2015 Boxster has a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which means that this roadster is more reliable than nearly all other cars on the market.

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How Safe Is the Boxster?

The 2015 Porsche Boxster did not undergo any crash testing, which is common for luxury and sports cars. There are no standard driver assistance features, but some Boxster models may have a rearview camera, front and rear ParkAssist sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Boxster?

The 2015 Boxster is part of the sports car's third generation, which spans the 2013 through 2016 model years. There were few major changes over the previous couple of years, so choosing an older model can get you a similar car for less money. However, the 2015 Boxster is the better choice; it introduced an available rearview camera, parking sensors, and the GTS trim.

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Which Used Porsche Boxster Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Porsche Boxster convertible is available in four trim levels: base, Boxster S, GTS, and Boxster Spyder. Standard and available features are mostly the same throughout the trim lineup, so choosing which model is best for you will depend on how you want to balance price and performance. Your best bet will be to look for a midrange Boxster S model, which delivers more satisfactory power than the base model. Other notable features you may want to hunt for include leather seats, navigation, and a rearview camera (to help with the car's poor outward visibility).

A certified pre-owned Boxster may suit you best. 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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2015 Porsche Boxster and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Boxster or 2015 Porsche Cayman?

The 2015 Porsche Cayman is basically the hardtop version of the Boxster. Though they share the same excellent reliability, lineup of engines, and terrific handling, each of the Cayman's trims boasts 10 horsepower more than its Boxster counterpart. Average prices for a Cayman are a few thousand dollars more than the Boxster. Your decision between these Porsche twins should mainly come down to your penchant for a retractable roof.

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Boxster or 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class gets slightly lower reliability ratings than the Boxster, and it doesn’t match the Porsche's performance. While the SLK-Class rides smoothly and has balanced handling, it's not as athletic as the Boxster. The Mercedes also has an underwhelming base engine and a merely adequate automatic transmission. Both convertibles offer a similar array of features along with high-quality interiors, but overall, you're better off with the Boxster.

Which Is Better: 2015 Porsche Boxster or 2015 Porsche 911?

Even for a base 2015 Porsche 911, you can expect to pay tens of thousands of dollars more than you would for a Boxster. With astronomical ownership costs and average prices that top six figures, your wallet should be the main deciding factor between the Boxster and Porsche's flagship sports car. The 911 has seemingly endless trim, engine, and feature combinations, so it's easy to find a model to match your needs. Both Porsches are great sports cars, so unless you're set on a 911 and its top-of-the-line performance, save your money and get a Boxster.

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