2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder

Pros: Impressive build quality; invigorating acceleration; agile handling; broad range of options for personalization

Cons: Limited cargo space; tight, low-slung cockpit; subpar rear visibility when the top is up; prices rise quickly as options are added

CG Says: The Porsche Boxster lineup adds a couple of new models for 2016. The Black Edition is a specially trimmed model that wears a black exterior and interior (naturally) and comes standard with features such as 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, heated seats, and a navigation system. The Boxster Spyder is a stripped-down model that sports a number of performance upgrades, including a 375-horsepower version of the Porsche 911’s 3.8-liter 6-cylinder. The Boxster may be the “beginner’s Porsche,” but it’s no less a thoroughbred than the costlier Cayman and 911 models. Though the mid-engine layout compromises passenger and cargo space somewhat, Boxster is surprisingly practical, and its road manners and mechanical sophistication will delight the most discriminating driver. While most rival sports cars offer superior power and a much better features-per-dollar ratio, they typically don’t match Porsche’s brand cachet and high trade-in values. Be careful when selecting options, though, as checking just a few boxes can send prices quickly skyward.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Porsche
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices Base: $52,100
Black Edition: $59,100
S: $63,900
GTS: $74,600
Spyder: $82,100

Base Engine
2.7-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
265
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-32

Optional Engine
3.4-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
315 (330 in GTS)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-31

Optional Engine
3.8-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
375
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24

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2016 Porsche Boxster GTS
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2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder