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2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

Original MSRP Range
Available Style(s)
20--21 MPG City / 26--28 MPG Hwy
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2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

What We Don't

New engines have lost some response and character; too many things are options


Expert Rating

4.7/ 5

Consumer Rating

5.0/ 5


What's New in the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster?

The 718 Boxster may look pretty similar to the vehicle it replaces, and indeed, there is much shared; however, it represents a substantial stem-to-stern overhaul. New turbocharged engines headline the changes, but there were also substantive alterations to the suspension, steering, manual transmission, driving modes, stability control, styling and in-car technology.

What We Like

Sublime handling; strong and efficient engines; excellent interior quality; highly customizable; reasonably practical for a roadster; easy-to-drive manual transmission 

Which 718 Boxster is the Best?

Yes, the Boxster S comes with a hefty price premium, but its bigger engine is the vastly more appealing choice. We'd also stick with the 6-speed manual and specify PASM, the Sport Exhaust and the 10-way power seats with heating and ventilation (a must for a convertible). 

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How Much Does a 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Cost?

The 2017 718 Boxster is available in Boxster and Boxster S models, which largely differ by engine. The 718 Cayman is the coupe version and is reviewed separately.

The base Boxster ($56,000) comes standard with 18-inch wheels, summer performance tires, a fully powered retractable soft-top roof, a wind deflector, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, single-zone automatic climate control, power reclining front seats (manual fore-aft and height adjustment), partial leather seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) touchscreen interface, two USB ports, a media-player interface, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio, HD Radio and a 6-speaker sound system.

The Boxster S ($68,400) adds a bigger engine and 19-in wheels.

The options list is enormous, ranging from performance enhancements and convenience equipment to customization items like color-keyed trim pieces. Virtually everything can be added a la carte, though there are a handful of packages available to make ordering a little easier.

Performance-enhancing items include the PDK automatic transmission, the PASM adjustable suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, the torque-vectoring rear differential, a sport exhaust and the Sport Chrono package (extra drive modes, a stability control sport mode and launch control with PDK). Comfort and convenience items include adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitoring system, keyless entry and ignition, LED headlights, power-folding mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors and automatic wipers (packaged together), dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated multifunction steering wheel, 10-way power seats (including 4-way lumbar and memory functions), 14-way adaptive sport seats (adds adjustable side and bottom bolsters, wider shoulder bolsters and a power-adjustable steering wheel), heated seats, ventilated seats, a full leather interior, a navigation system, a Bose Surround Sound audio system ($990), a Burmester Surround Sound audio system ($4,690) and Porsche Connect (includes Apple CarPlay and a variety of safety remote services).

718 Boxster Trims

ConvertibleOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
718 Boxster Roadster$56,000 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo300N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
718 Boxster S Roadster$68,400 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo350N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD

Is the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster a Safe Car?

The 718 Boxster comes standard with antilock brakes, stability control, front-knee airbags, seat-mounted side body airbags, door-mounted side head airbags, a rearview camera and parking sensors. The optional adaptive cruise control system includes a forward-collision warning and automatic braking system. There's also a blind spot monitoring system available called Lane Change Assist. The optional Porsche Connect provides automatic emergency assistance and remote services like a stolen-vehicle locator and remote door locking/unlocking.

There have been no third-party crash tests of the Boxster.


Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Power Trunk Release
  • Premium Pkg
  • Premium Pkg Plus
  • Rollover Protection
  • Porsche Torque Vectoring
  • Sport Chrono Pkg


2017 Porsche 718 Boxster vs the competition

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman -- Like the idea of the Boxster, but don't really envision yourself dropping the top much? Well, the Cayman is virtually the same car but with a rigid roof that further enhances the 718's handling abilities.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette -- With its all-American V8 mounted up front, the Corvette is quite obviously a completely different performance animal. But the prices are comparable and so is the fun -- though admittedly of a different sort.

2017 Jaguar F-TYPE -- The F-TYPE also has its engine up front and boasts 4-, 6- and 8-cylinder engines, but its pricing and roadster layout are comparable to the Boxster's. It lacks the 718's precision but boasts a flamboyant character and gorgeous styling.

Used Porsche 911 Cabriolet -- It costs more than the Boxster, but a used one should have a comparable price (and Porsche has a very good certified pre-owned program). The 911 Cabriolet is one of the finest convertibles and sports cars you can buy, and it certainly betters the Boxster's practicality given its more spacious cabin.

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