2018 Porsche 718 Boxster

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

Cons: Low-slung cockpit; subpar rear visibility when the top is up; prices rise quickly as options are added

CG Says: The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster is essentially unchanged after it was significantly revamped last year. The 718 Boxster is a premium 2-seat convertible sports car. Porsche also sells a hatchback-coupe variant of the Boxster dubbed 718 Cayman (reviewed separately). The 718 Boxster’s base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter flat four developing 300 horsepower; the sportier S is powered by 2.5-liter with 350 hp or 365 hp in GTS trim. All offer a choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed automated-manual transmissions. The 718 Boxster may be the “beginner’s Porsche,” but it’s no less a thoroughbred than the costlier 911 models—even though purists might argue that the new turbo fours don’t have the same mystique as the Boxster’s previous sixes. Though its 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: $60,050
S: $72,450
GTS: $83,850

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Base)
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (S, GTS)
Horsepower
350 (365 in GTS)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-28

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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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