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2023 Porsche 718 Boxster Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

Although the 2023 718 Boxster is technically the brand’s entry-level car, its brilliant handling, powerful turbocharged engines and connected-to-your-psyche steering make it anything but a watered-down version of the hallowed 911. The Boxster and its sibling, the 718 Cayman coupe are excellent representations of what a sports car should be. A mid-engine configuration gives the Boxster a balanced, light-on-its-foot feel on the road and, with the top retracted, you can enjoy the aggressive exhaust note and the sun’s warm rays at the same time. OK, you got us poetic; the Boxster is not a perfect car. Cargo space is limited, there are only two seats inside its cabin, and the best powertrain—the sweet, sonorous flat-six—is limited to the expensive GTS trim. But let’s be real here—it’s a sports car, so who would expect it to be all things to all drivers? This is what makes the 718 so special: it is brilliant at everything a sports car should be.

What’s new for 2023?

Porsche has made just a few changes to the Boxster for 2023. Apple CarPlay is now standard on the Spyder model—it was previously only offered on lower-level trims—and two new colors are available: Ice Gray Metallic and Arctic Gray.

Prices and which one to buy

For those shopping without limits, the GTS 4.0 model – with its powerful and sexy-sounding flat-six – is the Boxster to choose. Unfortunately, we get that not everyone can afford to drop $90K on a two-seat convertible. So, for those on a less extravagant budget, the S model is where it’s at. The available PDK automatic transmission is excellent, but this car really demands the manual transmission. We’d recommend keeping the options to a minimum and opting only for the lowered suspension with adaptive dampers, a limited-slip rear differential and ventilated seats.

Engine, transmission and performance

The Boxster offers three engines: a 300-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four, A 350-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four on the S model, and a 394-hp 4.0-liter flat-six on the GTS 4.0. Each comes with a precise, low-effort six-speed manual transmission, but buyers can opt for Porsche’s clear-sighted seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. The base and S models are great fun and performed well in our tests. We haven’t had the opportunity to put our gear on the US-spec Boxster GTS 4.0 model, but we do have a long-term 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 in our test fleet that shows this model’s performance potential (the two models are within approx. 60 pounds apart). The Boxster’s handling and steering prowess inspires our deepest admiration. The Boxster feels balanced and stable in corners and the brilliantly communicative steering reacts quickly and accurately to even small inputs. The Boxster’s chassis talks to you as if the tire patches have a direct line to your vestibular system, but the ride is comfortable enough for long drives. Extras like Porsche’s adaptive dampers and an available torque-vectoring rear differential only improve this car’s handling, but even base-spec Boxsters behave exactly the way we want them to.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The base Boxster, with a turbo 2.0-liter flat-four and six-speed manual, earns 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. Opting for the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic earns buyers 1 mpg more in every category. The S and GTS models fare only slightly worse. We tested both a base Boxster and an S on our 200-mile highway fuel economy route, and both models outperformed their EPA ratings, with results of 33 mpg and 28 mpg, respectively. For more information on the Boxster’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

The Boxster’s interior has a bit more plastic than we’d expect in a car costing this much, but buyers can cover almost every surface—the console lid, door panel trim, and instrument cluster—in leather for a relatively reasonable price . The Boxster’s two flimsy dashboard-mounted pop-up cup holders have limited utility and reveal a cultural disdain for drink driving – Germans don’t drink their afternoon coffee while you’re driving. If you’re looking for a car that will last you a lifetime in its cabin, look elsewhere. This two-seater is seriously lacking in room and cubical space. And while neither the Boxster nor the Cayman have large amounts of in-cabin storage, each at least offers both front and rear cargo compartments. One handbag fits in the back and two fit in the back.

Infotainment and connectivity

We’d normally complain about only having two USB ports, but given these car seats only two, how many more ports do you need? There is also a standard CD player for those drivers who still listen to CDs. Buyers can opt for navigation and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Porsche now offers Apple CarPlay integration as standard fare, but Android Auto is still not offered.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

The Boxster doesn’t have many driver assistance technology, but at least we’re happy about the standard backup camera and parking sensors. For more information on the Boxster’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard front and rear parking sensors
  • Available automatic emergency braking
  • Available blind spot monitoring

Warranty and Maintenance Cover

Porsche offers a warranty package that is slightly above average for the class and offers longer bumper-to-bumper coverage than the Chevrolet Corvette. That said, it pales in comparison to the coverage available on the Jaguar F-type. That car beats all challengers with the longest terms and a generous five years or 60,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles

Specifications

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