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2016 Porsche Boxster Review

The 2016 Porsche Boxster has excellent handling along with an upscale, comfortable interior. However, it ranks in the middle of the class because its base engine doesn’t have the quickest acceleration.

Pros & Cons

  • Pinpoint handling
  • Roomy, comfortable seats
  • Powerful engine options
  • So-so acceleration with base engine




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Porsche Boxster Overview

Is the 2016 Porsche Boxster a Good Used Car?

The two-seat Porsche Boxster is an excellent, albeit pricey, luxury sports car. This Porsche delivers a thrilling drive with deft handling, though you might want to pass on the uninspiring base engine and opt for one of the higher-end models with more powerful engines. Inside, there’s ample room for two adults, and the cabin quality is exquisite. The Boxster’s mid-engine layout means that it has a front and rear cargo compartment, but neither is big enough to offer much utility.

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How Much Is the 2016 Porsche Boxster?

Our site has approximately 50 listings for the 2016 Boxster, with an average price of around $68,600. Prices range from about $43,000 to around $108,000, and they vary depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Porsche Boxster Cost to Own?

The 2016 Boxster is right in line with its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $39,700 over five years for these expenses.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Boxster?

The Boxster was fully redesigned for the 2017 model year with an engine lineup that consists of turbocharged four-cylinder options. The GTS model was reintroduced for 2018 with a 365-horsepower output. The 2018 Boxster has upgraded interior and exterior styling as well as a revamped suspension and steering setup. There’s no question that the 2018 Boxster is a good car, but it’s much more expensive than the used model. The 2018 model starts at $59,000, while the highest GTS trim starts at around $83,000. By comparison, prices for a used 2016 Boxster start at around $43,000, with an average listing of about $68,600. You may want to consider a used 2017 Boxster to get most of the benefits of the car’s redesign and still likely save thousands off the cost of a new model.

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There are many new performance-oriented cars that you can buy for less than the average price of a used 2016 Boxster. Consider a new sports car like the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata. It’s not as fast as the Porsche, but its razor-sharp handling and precise manual transmission make it one of the most fun-to-drive cars anywhere on the market. A 2018 Miata starts at around $25,300, and equipping it with features like leather upholstery, heated seats, and navigation pushes the price just above $30,000.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Boxster Is Best?

The 2016 model year marks the end of a Boxster generation that started with the 2013 Boxster. Most of the year-to-year changes relate to new trims or features. The Black Edition and Spyder models debuted for 2016, while the GTS debuted as a trim for the 2015 model year. Depending on the configuration and style you’re looking for, you can likely save lots of money by shopping for older models.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Porsche Boxster?

The 2016 Porsche Boxster has a slightly above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Porsche Boxster Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no open recalls that apply to the 2016 Porsche Boxster.

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Which Used Porsche Boxster Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Porsche Boxster comes in five trims: base, Black Edition, S, GTS, and Spyder. Each model has a different engine, except for the Black Edition, which comes with the base model’s 265-horsepower six-cylinder engine. Standard and available features are pretty much the same throughout the lineup as well, so your choice will likely come down to how much power you want and how much you’re willing to spend. The S and GTS deliver a nice boost in performance over the base model, though the Black Edition includes standard amenities like dual-zone automatic climate control, larger wheels, front and rear parking sensors, heated seats, and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation and a seven-speaker stereo.

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What Does Porsche's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Porsche offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles 13 years old or less and with fewer than 124,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale 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 with unlimited mileage. 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.

Porsche’s CPO program is below average for a luxury carmaker, according to our research. Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Jaguar all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Boxster?

Like many luxury or performance vehicles, the 2016 Porsche Boxster did not undergo any crash testing. Available driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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2016 Porsche Boxster Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche Boxster or 2016 Porsche Cayman?

The 2016 Porsche Cayman is basically the hardtop, coupe version of the Boxster roadster. These near-twins match up almost identically in our rankings. They have the same lineup of four engine choices, though the Cayman sports an additional 10 horsepower in each trim. Its range-topping model is the GT4, instead of the Boxster Spyder. Both of these Porsches provide world-class handling abilities and the same catalog of features. Your choice likely comes down to simply whether you prefer a convertible or a coupe. Average prices are about $10,000 higher for the Cayman than for the Boxster, so your budget may influence your decision too.

Which Is Better: 2016 Porsche Boxster or 2016 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette leads the class for this model year in overall performance. The base Stingray trim comes with a 455-horsepower V8 that rockets the car off the line. There’s also an ultra-high-performance Z06 model with a 650-horsepower supercharged V8. The Corvette is practically ready for the track with its dynamic handling, and there are lots of suspension and brake upgrades that some models may come with. The Corvette has a user-friendly infotainment system with cool modern features like Apple CarPlay and a Wi-Fi hot spot. It’s available as a coupe or a convertible, both of which have a good amount of cargo space for a sports car. Average prices are generally a lot less for a Corvette than a Boxster, so you’re better off saving money and getting a better car.

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2016 Boxster Performance

How Does the 2016 Porsche Boxster Drive?

The 2016 Porsche Boxster’s standard 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine puts out 265 horsepower. Three more powerful six-cylinder engines are also available: The Boxster S has a 315-horsepower 3.4-liter engine, the Boxster GTS a 330-horsepower 3.4-liter, and a 375-horsepower 3.8-liter engine comes with the Spyder. All models are available with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Though the base model Boxster isn’t sluggish, it's not particularly quick off the line. The Boxster S and GTS are better in that regard, and the Spyder is downright ferocious. The mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive Boxster tackles corners with enthusiasm, and it boasts responsive steering, strong road grip, and powerful brakes. Ride quality is on the firm side, but it’s still comfortable enough for daily driving.

Does the 2016 Porsche Boxster Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2016 Boxster gets good fuel economy for a luxury sports car. With its base engine and automatic transmission, estimates are 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. That engine with a manual returns 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. The 3.4-liter engine gets up to 21/30 mpg city/highway with an automatic, and 20/27 mpg city/highway with a manual.

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2016 Boxster Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Boxster Seat?

The Porsche Boxster seats two and features standard sport seats with leatherette and suede upholstery as well as power-adjustable seat backs. Available features include full leather upholstery, 18-way power-adjustable seats, heated and ventilated seats, and more comfortable side bolstering – called Sport Seats Plus.

The Boxster has enough room for even taller occupants to get comfortable, and the seats deliver ample support for long drives or when you’re carving corners on back roads.

2016 Porsche Boxster Features

Standard features in the 2016 Boxster include a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker stereo. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Bose or 12-speaker Burmester audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and navigation.

This Boxster’s infotainment graphics look a little dated because the car is a few years old. That doesn’t affect functionality, though, as the touch-screen system is user-friendly and operates smoothly. Physical buttons and controls are laid out in a straightforward manner on the dashboard.

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2016 Porsche Boxster Dimensions

Porsche Boxster Cargo Space

The Porsche Boxster has two trunks. The front space measures 5.3 cubic feet, and the rear compartment is 4.6 cubic feet. Combined, that’s not a lot of cargo room, but lowering the top doesn’t take away any valuable space in the rear trunk.

2016 Boxster Length and Weight

The 2016 Boxster is 14.4 feet long. The base model has a curb weight of 2,888 pounds with a manual transmission and 2,954 pounds with the automatic. The Boxster S weighs 2,910 pounds with the manual and 2,976 pounds with the automatic.

Where Was the 2016 Porsche Boxster Built?

Porsche built the 2016 Boxster in Germany.

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