2016 Porsche Boxster

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Porsche Boxster highlights

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  • Excellent handling
  • Engaging engine options
  • Artfully designed cabin
  • Well-insulated soft top


  • Weak standard stereo
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Cargo space split between two small trunks

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 24 highway, 20 combined

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All Porsche Boxster years

What is new for the 2016 Porsche Boxster?

  • The Boxster is available in a variety of new trims, including the Black Edition and Spyder.
  • Boxster trims have been upgraded with Front Seat Heaters, Parking Sensors, Leather & Suede Seats, Adjustable Suspension, Power Seat(s), and Navigation System as standard equipment this year.
  • No A/C, Automatic Transmission, and Burmester Audio features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The GTS trim now comes with Overhead Airbags and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Porsche Boxster

1. Sports car looks

The 2016 Porsche Boxster is styled to be an out-and-out roadster in its traditional form. That means a powered soft-top canvas roof and low-slung lines. It absolutely looks every inch the sports car it is, turning heads wherever you drive it. Whether you're cruising down a tree-lined boulevard or tearing up a canyon road, the 2016 Porsche Boxster looks stunning in any location.

2. Powerful engine options

Fitted with a range of six-cylinder engines, any 2016 Porsche Boxster provides a decent pace combined with an aural soundtrack best enjoyed with the roof down. The 2.8L base model has 265 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque, but if that's not enough, the more powerful 3.4L engine options offer 315 hp and 330 hp. If you still feel short of firepower, the crowning glory is the 3.8L engine with 375 hp. Only available in the special edition Spyder model, this gives the Boxster true sports car performance—zero to 60 mph takes only 4.5 seconds and the way the engine howls is as spine-tingling as it gathers speed.

3. Sporting drive

The 2016 Porsche Boxster has its engine in the middle of the car, which gives a very dynamic driving experience. A low ­center ­of ­gravity combined with an equal front and rear weight distribution give some of the best-balanced handling characteristics of any sports car, regardless of price. Optional ­Porsche ­Active ­Suspension Management (PASM), ­Porsche ­Torque­ Vectoring (PTV), and Porsche­ Ceramic­ Composite­ Brake­ (PCCB)­ systems dial up the engagement further.

4. Choice of models

If you're after a stylish open-top sports car, the 2016 Porsche Boxster family has you covered. There are five models to choose from, beginning with the entry-level Boxster trim, escalating through Boxster S, Boxster GTS, as well as the new-for-2016 Boxster Spyder and Boxster Black Edition special editions. Standard equipment is high on all 2016 Porsche Boxsters, but the Boxster Spyder and Boxster Black Edition stand out even more with their more individual styling details and equipment.

5. Luxurious trim

Every 2016 Boxster interior gives off an air of luxury with features you'd expect of a Porsche sports car. The power-adjustable seats are covered in leather, with GTS models particularly distinctive with additional Alcantara finishes. The driver-focused cockpit includes cruise control and a seven-inch color touchscreen with a CD player. Porsche also offered 14 additional paint and interior ­colors—including the bright Carmine­ Red or ­Rhodium­ Silver colorways—as well as four hood shades, so there should be a Boxster to suit your tastes.

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Ratings & reliability

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Above Average

RepairPal gave the Porsche Boxster an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Porsche Boxster 12th out of 25 among Luxury Compact Cars.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Porsche Boxster is $573, compared to an average of $546 for Luxury Compact Cars and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Porsche Boxster owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.4 times per year, compared to an average of 1.8 times for Luxury Compact Cars and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 14% for the Porsche Boxster, compared to an average of 12% for Luxury Compact Cars and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Porsche Boxster features and specs

Spyder 2WD 2D Convertible

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Side Airbags
  • Soft Top
  • Traction Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Burmester Audio
  • CD Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Navigation System
  • No A/C
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42.6"

Head room

F 38.6"

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Seating capacity



Manual 6

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