2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder

MSRP range: $96,300
MSRP$115,640
Edmunds suggests you pay$102,574

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2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder Review

  • Precise, nimble handling promotes driver fun and confidence
  • Powerful flat-six engine with a fantastic exhaust note
  • No compromise in performance compared to the hardtop Cayman GT4
  • Some features you'd expect to be standard are optional
  • Breadth of options allows personalization but gets pricey in a hurry
  • Manually folding roof requires you get out to operate it
  • Lack of insulation in the roof means a louder cabin
  • Two new models debut -- the sporty Boxster T and high-performance Boxster Spyder
  • Boxster GTS takes a one-year hiatus
  • Part of the fourth Boxster generation introduced for 2017

Quite simply, the 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder is an open-top version of the hardcore Cayman GT4. We loved the looks of the previous Boxster Spyder, last made for the 2016 model year, but it was missing many of the special mechanical bits that made the GT4 such an appealing car. Now, though, the Spyder is a fully fledged Porsche Motorsport product, which means it gets a suspension derived from the 911 GT3 and the same 4.0-liter non-turbo flat-six engine. The flat-six produces 414 horsepower at 7,600 rpm, with a cited 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 187 mph — impressive for any car, let alone a convertible.

The roof isn't a conventional convertible top like you get in the standard 718 Boxster. Instead, the Spyder has a manually folding top, without much of the sound-deadening and insulation found in regular Boxsters. Folding down the roof only requires a few basic movements, though, and doing so is easy enough. It's also worth the effort. Opening up the Spyder adds another dimension to the driving experience you get with the new GT4, and one that is arguably even more enjoyable.

Which 718 Boxster does Edmunds recommend?

There's only one trim of the 718 Spyder, but when it comes to options and personalization, the sky's the limit. Some of our preferred options include the 12-speaker Burmester surround-sound system, Apple CarPlay compatibility (nope, it doesn't come standard) and power-adjustable front seats.

Porsche 718 Boxster models

The 718 Spyder is a two-seat, rear-wheel-drive soft-top convertible sports car. The 718 Spyder is powered by a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that produces 414 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque. The flat-six is paired with a six-speed manual transmission to start, but later in production, a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic will be available.

Standard equipment includes:

  • Porsche's PASM sport suspension (lower than the standard Boxster by 30 mm)
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Sport exhaust with dual tailpipes
  • Mechanically locking rear differential
  • Six-piston front brakes and four-piston rear brakes
  • HID headlights, LED taillights and daytime running lights

Interior features include:

  • Leather and faux suede upholstery
  • Cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera
  • Six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth, satellite radio and two USB ports

It's only available in one trim, but the 718 Spyder offers an exhaustive supply of options. From color-matching seat belts to seat stitching in owner-specified colors, there's a lot of customization that can be done.

Optional equipment highlights include:

  • High-performance carbon-ceramic brakes
  • Power-adjustable sport seats
  • Full LED exterior lighting
  • Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • Optional Bose or Burmester sound system

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster.

2020 Porsche 718 Boxster video

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Porsche 718 Boxster GTS Test Track

NOTE: This video is about the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster, but since the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$96,300
MPG & Fuel
16 City / 23 Hwy / 19 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.9 gal. capacity
Seating
2 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Engine
Flat 6 cylinder
Horsepower: 414 hp @ 7600 rpm
Torque: 309 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 174.5 in. / Height: 49.6 in. / Width: 71.0 in.
Curb Weight: 3206 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 9.4 cu.ft.
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Safety

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.
Rollover 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.

Porsche 718 Boxster vs. the competition

2020 Porsche 718 Boxster

2020 Porsche 718 Boxster

2020 Jaguar F-Type

2020 Jaguar F-Type

Porsche 718 Boxster vs. Jaguar F-Type

The F-Type isn't as performance-focused in its base trims as the 718 Boxster, but it's got an appealing character all its own. It's shouty, stylish, and available with several different engines — making the F-Type a joy to drive. The Jaguar also offers available all-wheel drive. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Jaguar F-Type.

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Porsche 718 Boxster vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

It's a bit larger than the Boxster, but for around the same money, the Mercedes-AMG C 43 offers a back seat, a more powerful V6 engine and more standard equipment. If your main car-shopping goal is to get your hands on a luxury vehicle with a drop-top experience, the C-Class is one of our favorites.

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Porsche 718 Boxster vs. BMW Z4

A classy, fun-to-drive convertible, the BMW Z4 is a well-balanced sports car with a lot to offer. It's not as exciting as the Boxster, but it's spacious on the inside and quiet on the highway and the turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine offers a significant power advantage over both of the Boxster's four-cylinder engines.

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FAQ

Is the Porsche 718 Boxster a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 718 Boxster both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Porsche 718 Boxster fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 718 Boxster gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 718 Boxster has 9.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Porsche 718 Boxster. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster:

  • Two new models debut -- the sporty Boxster T and high-performance Boxster Spyder
  • Boxster GTS takes a one-year hiatus
  • Part of the fourth Boxster generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Porsche 718 Boxster reliable?

To determine whether the Porsche 718 Boxster is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 718 Boxster. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 718 Boxster's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 718 Boxster is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster?

The least-expensive 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster is the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder 2dr Convertible (4.0L 6cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $96,300.

Other versions include:

  • Spyder 2dr Convertible (4.0L 6cyl 6M) which starts at $96,300
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What are the different models of Porsche 718 Boxster?

If you're interested in the Porsche 718 Boxster, the next question is, which 718 Boxster model is right for you? 718 Boxster variants include Spyder 2dr Convertible (4.0L 6cyl 6M). For a full list of 718 Boxster models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster

2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder Overview

The 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder is offered in the following styles: Spyder 2dr Convertible (4.0L 6cyl 6M).

What do people think of the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 718 Boxster Spyder.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 718 Boxster Spyder featuring deep dives into trim levels including Spyder, 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 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder here.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder?

2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder Spyder 2dr Convertible (4.0L 6cyl 6M)

The 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder Spyder 2dr Convertible (4.0L 6cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $115,640. The average price paid for a new 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder Spyder 2dr Convertible (4.0L 6cyl 6M) is trending $13,066 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $13,066 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $102,574.

The average savings for the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder Spyder 2dr Convertible (4.0L 6cyl 6M) is 11.3% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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