2018 Porsche Boxster

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MSRP: $57,400 - 69,800

2018 Porsche Boxster Review

The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster is a high-end, agile, fun-to-drive roadster that has practically everything you could desire – other than a back seat. It ranks among the best cars in our luxury sports car class.




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 8.6
Safety: N/A
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Pros & Cons

  • Energetic, fuel-efficient engines
  • Dynamic handling
  • Posh cabin
  • Spacious seats
  • Trunk can’t transport large items

Is the Porsche 718 Boxster a Good Car?

With superb handling, excellent ride quality, and two potent yet fuel-efficient turbocharged engines, the Porsche Boxster is a fantastic luxury sports car. The two-seat Boxster’s interior is filled with first-rate materials. There's also abundant head- and legroom and respectable overall cargo capacity – though the space is broken up into two small trunks. That means you can't really transport big items in this car, which is its only real drawback.

Should I Buy the Porsche 718 Boxster?

Roadsters are impractical by nature, but the Boxster is still a fantastic vehicle. It provides sweet driving thrills, whether you’re commuting to work or just cruising around town. Still, there are several good vehicles in the sports car class, so shopping around never hurts.

The Porsche 718 Cayman is a good alternative to the Boxster if you prefer a coupe over a convertible. They’re basically twins, aside from their different body types. If you want to stick with a convertible, the Mercedes-Benz SLC is another sports car to consider – and it’s substantially less expensive.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche 718 Boxster?

The Porsche Boxster was fully redesigned for 2017. Changes for the 2018 model year include a new GTS trim with 15 more horsepower than the Boxster S. If you’re interested in the standard Boxster or Boxster S, however, you can buy a nearly identical 2017 model and likely spend a lot less money. Any model year prior to 2017 will have noticeable differences; 2017 updates included a different group of engines and trims, a retuned suspension, more responsive power steering, new interior and exterior styling, and a standard 7-inch touch screen. Check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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This 2018 Porsche Boxster review uses research and data from 2017 and 2018.

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How Much Does the Porsche 718 Boxster Cost?

This Porsche has a starting price of $59,000. That’s reasonable for a luxury sports car; this class has possibly the widest variance between its least expensive and most expensive vehicles.

On the low end, there are cars like the Audi TT and Mercedes-Benz SLC, both of which start under $50,000. On the high end are supercars like the Acura NSX and Audi R8, both of which start at over $155,000. Even the Boxster S, which starts at $71,400, looks reasonable compared to those prices.

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Porsche 718 Boxster Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Porsche 718 Boxster or Porsche 718 Cayman?

Choosing between the 718 Boxster and the 718 Cayman mainly comes down to one thing: convertible or coupe. Since these Porsches were developed together, practically everything else about them is identical. Both models have the same high-tech features, posh cabin, engine and transmission options, and chassis. The Cayman is a little more rigid, but for the most part, the two cars handle and drive similarly. The Cayman also has a lower starting price than the Boxster.

Which Is Better: Porsche 718 Boxster or Mercedes-Benz SLC?

The Mercedes-Benz SLC is another option if you’re shopping for a luxury convertible. The SLC has a similarly powerful engine lineup, and it’s significantly less expensive – around $10,000 less than the standard Boxster. Moreover, it has a top-notch cabin, a long list of features, and more trunk space than the Boxster. The Boxster is far more agile, but the SLC holds its own and offers a great ride quality. In the end, the Boxster is the better sports car, but the SLC is still an attractive value if you want a luxury convertible.

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718 Boxster Performance

718 Boxster Engine: Put Some Whoopee in Your Cushion

There are multiple powertrain options with the Boxster. Base models feature a 300-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder. Boxster S models feature a 350-horsepower turbo-four. Both deliver outstanding acceleration and will go from zero to 60 mph in under 5 seconds (under 4.5 seconds in the Boxster S). The new-for-2018 GTS is even faster. It has 365 horsepower and sprints from zero to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. There’s little turbo lag with any option. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a slick-shifting seven-speed automatic (PDK) is available. 

718 Boxster Gas Mileage: No Gas Guzzling Here

Sometimes cars that deliver great performance can drain your wallet at the gas pump. That’s not the case with this Porsche. It gets good gas mileage for a luxury sports car, earning 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

718 Boxster Ride and Handling: Ecstasy in Motion

The Boxster is one of those cars that’s so nimble and fun-to-drive that you can’t help but smile when you get behind the wheel. It also has sharp steering and strong brakes, and despite its stellar handling, the ride stays cushioned.

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718 Boxster Interior

How Many People Does the 718 Boxster Seat?

This Porsche is a two-seat roadster. Don’t let its small size fool you; it has plenty of head- and legroom once you climb inside. The driving position is terrific, and the seats provide plenty of support.

718 Boxster and Car Seats

The Porsche Boxster doesn’t have any LATCH connectors. You shouldn’t put child safety seats into a vehicle like this.

718 Boxster Interior Quality

Luxury sports cars are known for looking good and going fast. This Porsche succeeds in both areas. Its cabin is attractive and modern, and there are plenty of premium materials.

718 Boxster Cargo Space

The Boxster has nearly 10 cubic feet of trunk space, but that’s misleading because that space is split between the front and rear trunks. In reality, each trunk can hold a few shopping bags or pieces of carry-on luggage, but not much in the way of larger items.

718 Boxster Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Boxster include a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, satellite radio, automatic climate control, and a power-folding soft top. Available features include Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, and a 12-speaker Burmester sound system.

Though performance is the Boxster’s bread and butter, it still has a decent number of great tech features, headlined by an easy-to-use infotainment system. The touch screen looks crisp and responds well to inputs. While the Boxster offers Apple CarPlay, it isn’t available with Android Auto. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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718 Boxster Reliability

Is the Porsche 718 Boxster Reliable?

The 2018 Boxster has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is an average score.

718 Porsche Boxster Warranty

Most luxury sports cars have similar warranty terms. The Porsche Boxster comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. 

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718 Boxster Safety

718 Boxster Crash Test Results

The 2018 Porsche Boxster has not yet been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

718 Boxster Safety Features

The Boxster comes standard with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Available active safety features include blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with brake assist.

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Which Porsche 718 Boxster Model Is Right for Me?

There are three options when choosing a Porsche Boxster: the base model, the Boxster S, and the Boxster GTS. The main difference between the trims is the engine; the Boxster S features a larger turbocharged engine than the base model that puts out an additional 50 horsepower. The GTS is more performance-focused than the others, featuring a 365-horsepower engine. The Boxster S is the best choice for most people who want a little more get-up-and-go than the standard model offers. However, it carries a steep price increase over the base model (about $12,400).

Porsche 718 Boxster

The Porsche Boxster base trim is known only as the Boxster. It has a starting price of $59,000. There are several features you can add, including 14-way power-adjustable seats ($2,330), 18-way power-adjustable sport seats ($3,830), navigation ($1,780), a Bose audio system ($990), a Burmester audio system ($4,690), and performance upgrades like ceramic brakes ($7,410). You can add the PDK transmission for $3,210.

There are also option packages. The Premium Package ($1,370) adds dual-zone automatic climate control, 14- or 18-way power seats, and heated seats. The Premium Package Plus ($3,180) adds the features of the Premium Package as well as ventilated seats, a proximity key, and more.

Porsche 718 Boxster S

The Boxster S has a starting price of $71,400. The S comes standard with a turbo-four engine that puts out 50 more horsepower than the base engine. Other than that, the Boxster S has mostly the same standard and available features as the base Boxster.

Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

The Boxster GTS is a new trim for the 2018 model year. The GTS features a 365-horsepower turbo-four engine and the same transmission choices as the other models. It carries a starting price of $82,800.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Porsche Boxster is a luxury sports car that – other than a slim trunk – has virtually no major flaws. It combines performance and luxury in just the way that you’d expect from a car in this class, which is why it finishes near the top of our rankings. If you want a fun-to-drive car and don’t mind the inherent limitations of a roadster, the Boxster is an exceptional choice.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The new 718 Boxster and Boxster S aren't just worthy of the Porsche badge, I'd venture as far as to say these are the best Boxsters yet." -- Road and Track (2017)
  • "Now, after driving the 2017 Boxster, we can happily report that Porsche's entry-level roadster is as satisfying as ever. Step up to a Boxster S, and it's downright thrilling." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • It might not be loved universally, at least not immediately, but yes, sir, it's still a Boxster, and that's no bad thing." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
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