Porsche 718 Boxster
Porsche 718 Boxster
Porsche 718 Boxster

2021 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 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster adds standard equipment. Dual-zone automatic climate controls, heated seats, automatic-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, Apple CarPlay, and bi-xenon headlights are now standard on all models. The Boxster’s 6-cylinder engine is now available with an automatic  transmission. There is also a limited-edition Boxster 25 Years anniversary model with unique trim that is based on the GTS 4.0. The 718 Boxster is a premium 2-seat convertible sports car that was significantly revamped for 2017. 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. The high-performance GTS 4.0, Spyder, and 25 Years are powered by a 4.0-liter flat six the develops 394 horsepower in the GTS 4.0 and 25 Years or 414 hp in the Spyder. All engines 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 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, the 2021 Porsche 718 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: $63,950
T: $73,050
S: $75,950
GTS 4.0: $90,850
Spyder: $99,650
25 Years: $101,450

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Base, T)
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-27

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (S)
Horsepower
350
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25

Optional Engine
4.0-liter 6-cylinder (GTS 4.0, Spyder, 25 Years)
Horsepower
394 (414 in Spyder)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-24

2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder
2021 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - NA
0%

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