2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible
- Precise and nimble handling promotes driver fun and confidence
- Muscular and efficient turbo four-cylinder engines
- PDK is one of the best dual-clutch transmissions
- Takes less than 10 seconds to open or close the roof
- Breadth of options allows personalization, but gets pricy in a hurry
- Some features you'd expect to be standard are optional
- Engines lack the aural flair of earlier Boxsters
Which 718 Boxster does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
The Porsche 718 Boxster is a convertible sports car in the classical sense, which is to say it's focused primarily on nimble handling and driver enjoyment. We wouldn't want it any other way. Much of its allure comes from its mid-engine configuration, meaning the engine sits between the seats and rear wheels. This gives the 718 Boxster (and its fixed-roof 718 Cayman sibling) a handling balance prized by car enthusiasts.
The Boxster received the 718 name last year as part of a complete redesign. Though there were many significant changes as part of the update, the biggest was the switch from six-cylinder engines to more efficient and powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engines. While the new engines lack the high-revving charm of the old ones, it's hard to argue with the performance increase they bring. Even the cheapest Boxster you can buy is now cranking out 300 horsepower.
Of course, being a Porsche, the Boxster can also be fitted with all sorts of customization options. Some enhance the car's performance while others are just for visual flair. But it's the car's core qualities, including its sublime steering and handling, plus the carefree nature of owning a two-seat roadster, that will have you hooked for life.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster is a two-seat, rear-wheel-drive soft-top convertible sports car that is available in a base or S trim level. The primary difference between the two is the size and output of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The S has the more powerful version. Porsche offers an exhaustive supply of options for both trims.
The base 718 Boxster comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder (300 hp, 280 pound-feet of torque) and 18-inch wheels. Aside from the badges, you can tell it apart from the S by its black brake calipers and single central tailpipe.
The 718 Boxster S is furnished with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder (350 hp, 309 lb-ft of torque). It is visually differentiated from the base model by 19-inch wheels, two centrally mounted exhaust tips and red brake calipers.
With minor exception, both trim levels start with the same level of standard equipment, including a power-folding soft top, xenon headlights, a six-speed manual transmission, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, power and heated side mirrors, automatic climate control, sport seats, partial leather upholstery, Bluetooth, a touchscreen display, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and two USB ports.
Both trims also have equal access to Porsche's exhaustive options list, providing numerous opportunities for prospective owners to personalize their car.
Performance choices include Porsche's PDK seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic, carbon-ceramic brakes, an adaptive suspension, a louder exhaust, and a mechanical rear differential that also includes a brake-actuated torque vectoring system. The Sport Chrono package adds a stopwatch to the top of the center console, a drive mode selection dial to the bottom right of the steering wheel, and a less intrusive stability control setting. When optioned with the PDK transmission, the package also includes launch control.
Interior options to look out for include upgraded seats (heating, ventilation and more power adjustments), upgraded leather upholstery, and keyless ignition and entry. Porsche offers two upgrades for the standard stereo: a 10-speaker Bose system and a 12-speaker Burmester system. Apple CarPlay is available through Porsche Connect, while a Plus variant of that option adds 4G LTE connectivity. Safety options include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation, turn-adapting headlights and blind-spot monitoring,
Porsche also provides seemingly endless ways to customize the 718 Boxster's interior and exterior, from wheel style to the color of the soft top to completely custom body paint. The interior offers multiple leather and stitching styles, and trims are available in wood, aluminum and simulated suede.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite 718 Boxster safety features:
- Dynamic Cornering Lights
- Helps you see on curvy roads in the dark by swiveling the low beams when you turn the steering wheel.
- Roll-Over Protection
- Shields occupants in the event of a rollover with high-strength structures in front of and behind the seats.
- Speed-Dependent Headlight Range Control
- Ensures a clear view at night by adjusting the range of the headlights depending on vehicle speed.
2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible for Sale
Porsche's entry-level convertible sports car has received a thorough redo last year that included a new name: the 718 Boxster. Porsche added the 718 designation to the name as an homage to the company's 718 race cars of the late 1950s. The biggest change was the switch to turbocharged flat-four engines, which provide more power and fuel efficiency than the six-cylinder engines they replace.
The interior offers plenty of room for 6-footers, though over-the-shoulder visibility isn't very good. All the more reason to drop the power-operated top, which folds down in just over 10 seconds. Two small trunks offer adequate luggage space, though golf clubs will be relegated to the passenger seat.
The 718 Boxster comes with a midmounted 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. Porsche claims zero-to-60-mph acceleration of 4.9 seconds. The EPA rates the 2.0-liter Boxster's fuel economy at 25 mpg combined (22 city/29 highway) for the seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK automatic; the manual transmission returns 1 mpg lower.
Opt for the Boxster S, and the engine is bumped up to 2.5 liters with 350 hp. Porsche claims a zero-to-60-mph run at 4.4 seconds for the manual and 4 seconds flat for cars with PDK and the Sport Chrono package. Top speed is 177 mph, and the Boxster S is EPA rated at 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway) with the PDK automatic. Manuals trail those figures by about 2 mpg.
While we miss the previous Boxster's six-cylinder soundtrack, the handling remains sharper than ever. The balance of the chassis will satisfy novice and expert drivers alike, while the sticky tires and accurate steering ensure confidence. The Boxster S offers an optional Porsche Active Suspension Management, with a lowered ride height and upgraded dampers, but we think the ride is too stiff on roads that aren't glass smooth. The standard suspension rides better on less than perfect pavement and still offers outstanding levels of grip.
The Boxster is offered in base and S models, differentiated primarily by their engine. Both models now include more standard equipment, and in keeping with Porsche tradition there are enough extra-cost options to literally double the price of the car. Edmunds can help find the perfect 2018 Porsche Boxster for you.
2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible Overview
The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible is offered in the following styles: 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), S 2dr Convertible (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and GTS 2dr Convertible (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M).
What do people think of the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible?
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Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 718 Boxster Convertible featuring deep dives into trim levels including Base, S, GTS, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible here.
Our Review Process
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