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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:
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2015 Porsche Boxster Review

The 2015 Porsche Boxster finishes in the top of our luxury sports car rankings. It's posh and athletic, and it gets one of the highest reliability ratings in the class. In short, this car is everything you want a performance roadster to be.

Pros & Cons

  • Surgical handling
  • Strong engines
  • Stunning interior
  • Excellent reliability rating
  • Small cargo spaces

New for 2015

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

2015 Porsche Boxster Overview

Is the 2015 Porsche Boxster a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 Porsche Boxster is a good used luxury sports car. It has energetic engines and nimble handling, making it a lot of fun to drive. Its cabin looks great, and the seats are comfortable. There's even a decent number of tech features. An undersized cargo hold and a seating limit of two are the only real knocks against the Boxster.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Porsche Boxster review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 13 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Porsche Boxster?

Based on listings for the 2015 Porsche Boxster on our site, the average price is $52,400. Prices range from $42,000 to $65,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Porsche Boxster Cost to Own?

The 2015 Boxster’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $39,400, or $7,880 per year. That’s above average for a luxury sports car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Boxster?

The 2019 Porsche 718 Boxster starts at $59,000 and belongs to a generation that began with the 2017 model year. There are no major changes for 2019, but there have been many changes since the 2015 model year. A new GTS trim with 15 more horsepower than the Boxster S was introduced for 2018. The redesigned 2017 Boxster features several updates, including a different group of engines and trims, a retuned suspension, more-responsive steering, refreshed interior and exterior styling, and a standard 7-inch touch screen.

You can save a bit of money with a used model, but you'll miss out on the updates made since the redesign.

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The 2019 Boxster's starting price falls within the range of the 2015 model's pricing, as do several other new luxury sports cars, including the 2019 Jaguar F-Type, Chevrolet Corvette, Audi TT, and BMW Z4. These models are arguably more stylish and modern than the 2015 Boxster, and they have more tech features. However, newer models are unlikely to improve on the 2015 Boxster’s thrilling ride.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Boxster Is Best?

The 2015 Boxster is part of the sports car's third generation. There were few major changes over the previous couple of years. The 2015 Boxster introduced an available rearview camera, parking sensors, and the GTS trim. The Black Edition and Spyder models debuted for 2016.

The Porsche Boxster received a significant redesign for 2017. Updates included revised interior and exterior styling, a new infotainment system, and a switch from six-cylinder engines to turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Porsche also began branding both the Boxster and its related Cayman sibling under the 718 nameplate.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Porsche Boxster?

The 2015 Porsche Boxster has a stellar reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Porsche Boxster Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one safety recall for the 2015 Porsche Boxster. It involves the hood lock's upper components. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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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 likely be a midrange Boxster S model, which delivers more 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).

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Certified Pre-Owned Porsche Boxster Warranty

Porsche offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles eight years old or less and with fewer than 100,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. 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.

According to our research, Porsche has one of the best CPO programs, ahead of rivals like BMW, Mercedes, and Audi.

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How Safe Is the Boxster?

The 2015 Boxster was not crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There are no standard driver assistance features in the 2015 Boxster, but front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and adaptive cruise control are available.

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2015 Porsche Boxster Versus the Competition

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 rating, engine lineup, and terrific handling, each of the Cayman's trims boasts 10 more horsepower than its Boxster counterpart. Your decision between these Porsche twins should mainly come down to whether or not you want a retractable roof.

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

Although the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK has a good reliability rating, it's not as high as the Boxster's. The SLK rides smoothly and has balanced handling, but it's less athletic than the Boxster. The Mercedes also has an underwhelming base engine, and its automatic transmission fails to impress. Both convertibles offer a similar array of features and quality interiors, but overall, you're better off with the Boxster and its more thrilling ride.

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2015 Boxster Performance

How Does the 2015 Porsche Boxster Drive?

You get a few different engine choices in the Boxster. It comes standard with a 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 265 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. The Boxster S has a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine that generates 315 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The GTS model has a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 330 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. All models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available.

Every engine has plenty of juice and provides rapid acceleration. The S and GTS models are noticeably faster than the base model, with GTS models dashing from zero to 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds. This Porsche roadster features rear-wheel drive, and it's incredibly agile on winding roads. The steering is sharp, and the brakes provide plenty of stopping power.

Does the 2015 Porsche Boxster Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Boxster gets its best fuel economy rating of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway when equipped with its base engine and automatic transmission. Those are good estimates for the class. Each rating drops by 1 mpg with the manual transmission. Models with the stronger engines are also less efficient. The S models return 20/27 mpg city/highway, and GTS models get 19/26 mpg.

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2015 Boxster Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Boxster Seat?

The 2015 Boxster seats two and comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery and power-adjustable seatbacks with manual height and fore/aft adjustment. Available features include genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, fully power-adjustable seats, and a heated steering wheel.

This Porsche has a beautiful interior with plenty of soft-touch materials. The seats are supportive and comfortable, even on long drives. There's also plenty of head- and legroom

How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Porsche Boxster?

As with many two-seat vehicles, there are no LATCH car-seat connectors in the Porsche Boxster. We do not recommend installing a child car seat in the front seat of any vehicle.

2015 Porsche Boxster Features

The standard infotainment system in the 2015 Boxster features a 7-inch touch screen, a four-speaker audio system, and an auxiliary input. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Bose or 12-speaker Burmester surround-sound audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and navigation.

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2015 Porsche Boxster Dimensions

Porsche Boxster Cargo Space

The Porsche Boxster is a midengine car that has trunks in the front and the back of the vehicle. You get 5.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the front trunk and 4.6 cubic feet in the rear trunk. That's a good amount of overall space for a luxury sports car, but the separate compartments make it difficult to haul oversized items. The convertible top stows separately from the cargo area, so trunk space doesn't shrink when the top is down.

2015 Boxster Length and Weight

The 2015 Boxster is about 14.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,888 to 2,965 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Porsche Boxster Built?

Porsche built the 2015 Boxster in Germany.

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