2010 Porsche Boxster Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Sublime handling and steering, soulful engines, excellent available automated manual transmission, top-notch interior, highly customizable.
- Adding options quickly skyrockets the price, soft top lacks the versatility of a retractable hardtop, taller occupants can feel a bit cramped.
Most helpful consumer reviews
2dr Convertible (2.9L 6cyl 6M)
This car has been a revelation. The build quality, design, and performance consistently and continuously impress. This car is something special. This is our only car. We have rely on it to perform all missions under all conditions. After 4 months, 8000 miles, and a few multi-day road trips, we have no regrets. It is comfortable, capable, safe, well designed, beautifully made and finished, and does everything. Golf clubs fit. Luggage for 2 fits easily. Go-crazy shopping trips, speed bumps, steep driveways, dirt roads and rain are no problem. The Porsche Boxster adds an element of beauty and excitement and beauty to everyday life that everyone should experience.
2dr Convertible (2.9L 6cyl 6M)
My 2010 Base Boxster is an unusual car in many ways. It has a surprising amount of storage both inside the car (six compartments worth inside since I don't have Bose but I do have SPP and no CD changer), two trunks, and an auxiliary storage box in the front. All this storage makes the car so much easier to live with from a practical perspective. The “fronk” will hold two legal airplane rollies...and you still have a large (though shallow) trunk in the back for duffels and other squishy stuff. The only downsize is that you can’t put large hard-framed items inside the car (such as a 24” x 36” picture)....but how often do you need that capability? It’s a strange review that starts off lauding a Porsche convertible for its storage capabilities, but that’s just one thing setting this series (987.2) apart certainly from other convertibles and even from newer Boxsters. My Boxster also has European tri-colored tail lights, which is a huge plus to me (it’s a thoughtful safety touch). OK. Let’s get down to business: This is a Porsche and it’s all about handling and acceleration and braking...and naturally the Porsche excels in all three areas, even with this Base Boxster. By modern standards, the car is relatively slow (0-60 in 5.4sec). The 2.9L flat six sounds glorious when revved (in contrast, the 2.0T4 in the new Boxster sounds like a cross between an air-cooled VW and a Subaru 4). However, the PFI 2.9L isn’t the engine of choice if you want real speed: That belongs to the S models and its DFI 3.4L. Still, the car is plenty speedy especially when you’re the only one in the car and keeps pulling past 65 MPH. The handling, though, is truly telepathic. Provided you have top quality rubber (Michelin PS4s or equivalent (I'm running on Pilot Super Sports), the car handles around corners like it’s on rails. All handling and braking aspects spoil you for any other car. Also pleasant: The ride isn’t punishing. Oh, no one will mistake the ride for that of a Mercedes S class, but your Subaru WRX/STi and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo friends will think they’re in a limo. Every trip in this car is a pleasure, particularly with the PDK. If I had to do it all over again, I might have opted for the S version and given up a bunch of vacations for the faster engine. About my Radio CDR30 + Sound Package Plus (SPP): Replacing the radio from all accounts is an extremely difficult proposition because of the optic cable integration with the rest of the electronics. Replacing the speakers is apparently an another headache-inducing OCD experience. 'Ya know: The sound quality is adequate and on that basis I'm leaving things alone until something truly breaks. Bluetooth integration with my new iPhone iOS 14.3 for making calls (initiated via Siri) is OK though Waze sometimes plays directions via Bluetooth on a random basis. Apple CarPlay this isn't. Dec 2020 Pandemic Update: So, it was time for some maintenance. I was getting some growling noises in the power steering and thought it was time to check things out under the hood (or should I say mid-engine cowl cover). After doing lots of research and watching a number of Youtube videos, I decided to add PS fluid (Pentosin), replace my engine air filter (Wix) and replace my cabin air filter in the fronk. The process of taking off the engine cover was convoluted to say the least and required lots of careful planning and patience. Adding Pentosin CHF 11S was easy; replacing the engine air filter was super tricky (it's all twists and turns)...I could have waited another 10k before doing it, so I was theoretically wasting money but the time/effort to get the engine cover off is so high, one might as well do as much maintenance as possible while under there. I figure I saved at least $400 by doing this work myself. The cabin air filter replacement was also tricky since there's four ridiculous overengineered Torx bolts + cage guarding that air filter, plus a not-well-thought-out wire harness nearby. For anyone about to attempt this service, my strongest recommendation is that you a) watch every video you can, and b) before removing any screw/bolt, put a bunched-up towel under the next screw/bolt removal area to catch it if it falls...because if you lose one, you're toast. Painstaking OCD inducing labor but that's what it takes to work on a Porsche.
S 2dr Convertible (3.4L 6cyl 6M)
Still in honeymoon period/Looking for reasons to drive.My third Porsche and second Boxster,all bought used,which is for me ,the only po$$ible way to go.The upgrade from my early(986) car is night and day:ride,handling,"infotainment"(get the PCM/BOSE)you name it -all superior...The base car is very nice ,but the S,with direct injection and extra urge will sway you.The "S" is for Serious-people who claim the Boxster is not a "real Porsche",are delusional, or simply haven't driven a 2009 or later one.
2dr Convertible (2.9L 6cyl 6M)
I purchased by Boxter in October of 2009 and already have 5000 miles on it. I take it on trips and to work. I live in Reno and have a good number of days with the top down. My previous Boxter was a 2004 and there is no comparison. This car has all the power and acceleration I need and is a blast in the mountains around here.Also the top is quiet. In the 2004 there was considerable wind noise. Unlike my previous Boxter I have not had a single problem or complaint. Maybe the gas mileage could be a tad better but for the performance you get it is quite acceptable.