Sublime handling; strong and efficient engines; excellent interior quality; highly customizable; reasonably practical for a roadster; easy-to-drive manual transmission
Turbocharged engines have lost some response and character; too many things are options
Other than coverage of the first year of maintenance and a new carbon air filtration system, there are no changes of note for the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster. See the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster models for sale near you
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).
The 2018 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 ($58,450) 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 ($70,850) 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).
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2018 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.
2018 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.
2018 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.