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2017 Porsche Boxster Review

The 2017 Porsche Boxster ranks near the top of its segment, thanks to its superb handling, zippy engine performance, comfortable interior, and lower-than-average ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Superb ride and handling
  • Muscular turbocharged engines
  • Comfortable interior
  • Small cargo space

New for 2017

  • Major midcycle redesign
  • New turbocharged engines
  • Updated interior and infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. Its overall score is being calculated without reliability.

2017 Porsche Boxster Overview

Is the 2017 Porsche Boxster a Good Used Car?

The refreshed 2017 Porsche Boxster is a great pick if you’re shopping for a used luxury sports car. The Boxster – rebranded for 2017 as the 718 Boxster – excites with its agile handling, punchy turbocharged engines, and refined transmissions. It’s a pleasant car to drive even when you aren’t carving through twisty back roads. Its two-seat interior is spacious and well-trimmed, and its suspension is reasonably compliant over bumps and dips. Numerous safety features and lower-than-average ownership costs only sweeten this deal further. That said, the Boxster isn’t ideal for everyone. You’ll want to look elsewhere if back seats or a big trunk are necessities.

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How Much Is the 2017 Porsche Boxster?

You can expect to pay between $56,000 and $78,000 for a used 2017 Boxster. These figures are based on listings for the 2017 Porsche Boxster on our site. The average price is $65,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Porsche Boxster Cost to Own?

The Boxster’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $36,400 – or around $7,300 per year. That’s lower than average for the luxury sports car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Boxster?

The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster starts at $59,000, but prices can exceed $82,000 in top trim levels. You can save a few thousand dollars by sticking with a used 2017 Boxster, especially if you want a base model with few options. You won’t miss out on any features by choosing a used model, either. The only change for the 2018 model year was the addition of a new GTS trim level with an additional 15 horsepower over the Boxster S model. These updates aren’t major enough to differentiate the 2018 model from the very similar 2017 model.

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For a less expensive but still sporty new car, consider the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata, which starts at just $25,295. The Miata isn’t nearly as powerful as the Boxster, but it’s far more affordable, and its razor-sharp handling makes it exceptionally fun to drive.

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Which Model Year of the Porsche Boxster Is Best?

The 2017 Porsche Boxster marks a significant redesign of the roadster’s third generation, which first launched in 2013. Updates include revised interior and exterior styling, a new infotainment system, and a switch from six-cylinder engines to four-cylinder turbocharged engines. Porsche now brands both the Boxster and its related Cayman sibling under the 718 nameplate. Changes for the 2018 model year include a new GTS trim with 15 more horsepower than the Boxster S.

Earlier 2013 to 2016 models are also good options – and they can save you lots of money. Just be aware of their differences.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Porsche Boxster?

J.D. Power has not assigned a predicted reliability rating for the 2017 Boxster.

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2017 Porsche Boxster Recalls

As of this writing, there are four recalls for the 2017 Boxster. Certain Boxster models may have manufacturing faults with the windshield, passenger air bag, and side air bags. Another recall addresses a possible fuel leak. If applicable, be sure these issues are addressed before you buy.

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Which Used Porsche Boxster Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Boxster is available in two trims: Boxster and Boxster S. Most shoppers will be more than happy with the base model Boxster. It comes standard with a 300-horsepower engine, a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, parking sensors, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB ports, a power-operated soft top, remote keyless entry, cruise control, partial leather upholstery, air conditioning, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Boxster S shares the same standard equipment, but it adds a 350-horsepower engine. Available features for both models include a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, heated and ventilated seats, Bose and Burmester sound systems, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, an adaptive suspension, and high-performance brakes.

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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?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not published crash test results for the 2017 Boxster. However, the Boxster does offer many advanced safety features. All models come equipped with a rearview camera, as well as front and rear parking sensors. Available features include forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive pivoting headlights.

2017 Porsche Boxster Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Porsche Boxster or 2017 Porsche Cayman?

The choice couldn’t be simpler: convertible or coupe? Porsche developed the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman together. Both share the same chassis, engine and transmission options. Both also offer the same high-tech features and crisp interior styling. They drive and handle similarly, with a slight edge given to the more rigid Cayman. The biggest differences fall into two categories: top and price. The Cayman coupe has a fixed hardtop, and used models are typically a bit less expensive. The Boxster features a folding soft top. Overall, both are excellent cars.

Which Is Better: 2017 Porsche Boxster or 2017 Audi TT?

If you’re looking for the better sports car, the 718 Boxster wins this one, hands down. It is quicker, corners better, and delivers an unparalleled sense of connection with the road. It’s the one to have. That said, the Audi TT does have its merits. It’s well-equipped and typically costs much less than the Boxster. It’s also more practical, at least as a coupe, thanks to its four seats and rear hatchback. All TT models come equipped with all-wheel drive as well, making it a better option for driving year-round. Although it’s not a top pick in this class, the TT does provide luxury sports car looks and feel at a more palatable price. For some, that’s all that matters.

Which Is Better: 2017 Porsche Boxster or 2017 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2017 Chevy Corvette and Porsche Boxster are two sides of the same coin. Both will put a smile on your face on twisty roads – they just go about it in a different way. The Boxster stakes its claim on balance and finesse. The Corvette punches harder, courtesy of its 455-horsepower V8. The ’Vette carves out another advantage with its large trunk, but the Porsche is the more refined of the two. It has more active safety features, a nicer interior, and superior fuel economy. You can’t go wrong with either, but for the better package overall, go with the Boxster.

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2017 Boxster Performance

How Does the 2017 Porsche Boxster Drive?

The redesigned 718 Boxster has two engine options. The base Boxster model has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 300 horsepower. The racier Boxster S has a turbocharged, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 350 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (PDK) is available.

Both of these models zip up to speed briskly, thanks to the wave of torque that the turbocharger supplies. The dash from zero to 60 mph takes just under 5 seconds. There’s ample passing power at higher speeds as well, due in part to the Boxster’s excellent transmissions. The six-speed manual is smooth, and it’s available with a feature that matches engine speeds when downshifting (known as “rev-matching”). The seven-speed automatic transmission fires off quick shifts and operates well even in stop-and-go traffic, which isn’t always the case with these systems.

The Boxster’s well-balanced chassis also makes it a joy to drive. The steering is precise and feels nicely weighted. The Boxster stays balanced when rounding corners, and its strong brakes bring the roadster to a stop with authority. Better still, the Boxster’s suspension delivers an easygoing ride that won’t punish over rough city streets. Porsche offers a number of upgrades to enhance the Boxster’s handling as well. There’s a torque vectoring system that sharpens cornering ability, racing-inspired carbon ceramic brakes, and a Sport Chrono package that adds additional driving settings, launch control, and a stopwatch. There’s also a Porsche Active Suspension Management system (or PASM), which features adjustable shock absorbers that help to soak up bumps.

Does the 2017 Porsche Boxster Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 718 Boxster returns good fuel economy for a sports car. The standard Boxster gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (22/29 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission). The Boxster S yields a similarly efficient 20/26 mpg city/highway (21/28 mpg with the automatic).

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2017 Boxster Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Boxster Seat?

The Porsche 718 Boxster has two seats. There’s ample space for both the driver and the passenger – including those who are on the taller side. The standard sport seats are nicely bolstered and provide good support on long drives. Sport seats with up to 18 ways of adjustment are available, as are heated and ventilated seat functions. The Boxster also comes standard with a power-folding soft top, which raises and lowers in about 10 seconds and can be operated at driving speeds of up to 31 mph. The Boxster’s cabin is elegantly styled but also rather minimalistic for a luxury sports car. Its soft-touch plastics, leather upholstery, and metallic accents are tastefully simple – not lavish. Interior fit-and-finish is excellent.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Porsche Boxster?

The Porsche Boxster doesn’t have full LATCH equipment for attaching car seats, so it’s not a great option if you regularly plan to transport a young child. If you do choose to secure a car seat, note that the passenger-side seat belt has a designated function, and a top tether anchor behind the seat is available as a secondary attachment point.

2017 Porsche Boxster Features

The 718 Boxster comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB ports, and satellite radio. Available features include a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi internet access, and two high-end sound systems from Bose and Burmester. The touch screen reacts quickly to inputs and has simple on-screen menus. Overall, the screen is easy to use, but the dashboard layout below takes some time to get used to. It’s angled downward and has a cockpit-like feel. The buttons for the audio and climate controls are a bit crowded.

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2017 Porsche Boxster Dimensions

Porsche Boxster Cargo Space

The Boxster has two trunks: one in the front and one in the back (behind the engine). The front trunk holds 5.3 cubic feet of cargo and the rear trunk holds 4.4 cubic feet. This layout makes it tough to accommodate bulkier cargo, but smaller items like backpacks and grocery bags should fit just fine.

2017 Boxster Length and Weight

The Porsche Boxster is 14.4 feet long and has a curb weight of between 2,944 and 3,054 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Porsche Boxster Built?

The 2017 Boxster was built in Germany.

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