2013 Porsche Boxster Convertible - Rating Details

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Vehicle Tested 2013 Porsche Boxster S Convertible (3.4L 6-cyl. 6-speed Manual) Driven On 7/17/2012 Ratings Summary Perhaps the Porsche Boxster's biggest strength is its ability to retain a superb ride while offering world class response and handling. Chassis improvements mean it's a dedicated sports car that, now, even those with sensitive backsides can drive all day. And, it's a convertible.
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Performance This is where the Boxster truly shines. Not only is it quick in a straight line thanks to a quick-revving 315-hp flat-6 engine, but its handling abilities are downright amazing, including 1.0g of lateral acceleration.
Acceleration
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With 0-60 mph in 5.1 sec., it's not quite as quick as its big brother, the 911. Easy-to-use 6-speed manual shifter with intuitive clutch takeup. Acceleration is hampered somewhat by a tall first gear.
Braking
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Solid pedal feel and ultra-consistent stops. Distances were short, too, needing just 103 feet from 60 mph.
Steering
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This electric-assist system lacks some feel compared to the previous Boxster's hydraulically assisted steering. But we still found it to be very precise at speed.
Handling
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Stunning dynamic abilities thanks to the Boxster's optimized packaging which consists of a low, center-mounted engine. It provides more confidence than the 911.
Driveability
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With the exception of the tall first gear, driveability is very good. This is an easy car to drive, whether puttering around town or pushing the limits down a canyon road.
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Comfort Overall the Boxster S strikes a remarkable balance between handling and ride comfort, thanks in large part to its adjustable dampers. You won't ever forget it's a sports car, but it's certainly one you could drive every day.
Seating Comfort
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The firm and well-bolstered sport seats hold you in place during cornering. But we found ourselves squirming after just an hour's drive.
Ride Comfort
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As you expect of a sports car, the ride is firm and controlled. But it's also one that's easily tolerated for driving to and from work, not just back roads on the weekends.
Quietness
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Average noise performance. The Boxster is adequately quiet and the noises you do hear are almost all good ones, like a howling intake and glorious exhaust note.
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Interior Porsche does interiors right. A lot of functionality leads to a lot of controls, but at least they're well organized. The smallish buttons and switchgear are immensely precise and everything inside the Boxster utilizes high-end materials.
Ergonomics
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The button-cluttered center console can overwhelm (even once you've acclimated), but pressing a button is faster than working through menus. Touchscreen isn't the most user friendly.
Ingress/Egress
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Like most roadsters, the Boxster is low, which means getting in and out requires far more work than an SUV. It's worth it. Plus, the sills are relatively narrow for a sports car.
Space/Room
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Even with the top down, you feel surrounded in the Boxster and it feels less convertible-like. Legroom is typical for a roadster (tall folks may be squished), a BMW Z4 has more.
Visibility
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Visibility isn't very good top up or down, but it's definitely worse with the top up. Especially the rear three-quarter view for changing lanes, which can be problematic.
Cargo/Storage
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Front and rear trunks are modest, but together there's more than enough for weekend trips. It's impressive for a mid-engine car. The fold-out cupholders are beyond pathetic.
Convertible Top
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It takes less than 10 seconds to raise or lower the top. And it can be done at speeds up to 31 mph. When lowered, doesn't impinge upon trunk space.
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Value Unless you have a lot of extra means, it's hard to make a solid value statement for any Porsche. They're expensive. Period. But they're usually really good, too. The Boxster is no exception.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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Build quality is right up there with high-end luxury cars. Assembly is top-notch, although some materials could be better.
Features(vs. $)
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The Boxster has just about every option you could ever want available, and many more than some cars in this segment. But you'll pay dearly for those optional features.
Cost
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Porsche will never win a comparison test on price. You get what you pay for, though. Top-shelf performance and quality.
MPG
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The EPA rates the Boxster S with the six-speed manual at 23 mpg Combined (20 City/28 Highway). We weren't able to match the EPA numbers, but that isn't uncommon in sports cars.
Warranty
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The Boxster comes with an above-average warranty. The basic warranty and drivetrain are covered for 4 years/50,000 miles.
Ownership
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There's roadside assistance for 4 years/50,000 miles, but no free scheduled maintenance.
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Fun To Drive It's hard to argue with a 315-hp roadster, especially if you live in a climate where you can regularly drop the top. The Boxster's handling and dynamic numbers are stunning. But more importantly, it's a blast to drive.
Driving Experience
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With the ability to surprise just about any car on a back road, the Boxster S is a bit of a sleeper. It exudes world-class sports car in every sense.
Personality
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A true high-performance sports car disguised as the entry-level Porsche. In some ways, it's more enthusiast-oriented than its bigger, more expensive brother, the 911.
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