There are only a few car brands with a level of prestige that immediately conveys luxury, style, and engineering prowess. Porsche is one of these. Does the used Porsche Boxster live up to the hype? In almost all ways, it does.
PowertrainsThe Boxster is intended to be a fun machine, and the mid-engine design, engine growl, and track-ready handling accomplish this with excitement to spare. Even the fifth generation's 2016 base model with a 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine goes from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds or less, depending upon which manual transmission it has. The Boxster S, GTS, and Spyder trim levels have even more powerful engines. At the highest end, the 2016 Boxster Spyder gets to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. These bigger engines take a hit in fuel economy but still manage to keep overall efficiency above 20 mpg.
Driving ExperienceThe driving experience is highly refined due to a comfortably stiff chassis and quick braking. Steering response is quick and predictable, keeping the car headed right where the driver wants. Stability and traction control add to the enjoyment and safety of driving, too. As there is no automatic transmission available, the driver is always engaged with the vehicle and its performance.
CustomizationThe Boxster has several customization options. Some popular options in these models are stereo upgrades, rearview cameras, adaptive cruise control, and different engines. Even with the base engine, the German engineering prowess shines through and delivers on the Porsche reputation. Styling both inside and out does not need much of an upgrade or customization. The materials used in the interior are clearly of top-quality, adding to the overall luxury experience.
Cargo SpaceThe mid-engine design creates enough space for a front and rear trunk, but both of these are quite small. Any attempt to pack luggage or a week's groceries will cause some definite use of space-saving skills. One bonus of the Boxster's design is that its convertible top does not take up trunk space when down.
StereoAnother area to immediately check for an upgrade is the standard stereo. The four-speaker unit does not compete well with the engine noise, and an upgrade to a seven-speaker option is highly recommended. These upgraded stereos deliver a listening experience well worth having as the four-speaker standard system is not well-loved by most.
Interior SpaceMost driving should be done with the soft convertible top down. This not only improves sight lines but also creates a freeing experience. Even if rain or cold requires putting the top up, it does not overly restrict headspace. Even drivers over 6 feet tall will feel comfortable due to the seat positioning and design of one of the best soft convertible tops available. The passenger also gets a comfortable ride, but keep in mind this is a two-seater.