Consumer Reviews Summary
3 of 4 (75%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Porsche Boxster Overview
The 2012 Porsche Boxster mid-engine roadster combines style, performance, and fun to stand out as one of the best sports cars available on the market today. The Boxster is available in two trim levels, the Boxster and Boxster S. A lightweight, more powerful Boxster Spyder is also available.
The rear-wheel drive 2012 Boxster comes with a 255-horsepower, 2.9-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine while the Boxster S sports a 315-horsepower, 3.4-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder. The Boxster Spyder ups the performance ante with a lighter curb weight (176 pounds lighter than the Boxster S) and a version of the Boxster S’s engine that has been tuned to 320-horsepower. All models come with a standard six-speed manual transmission, while the available seven-speed automatic PDK transmission features coasting and automatic start/stop for increased fuel economy, and an electronic control unit for faster shifts, providing both manual and automatic driving modes. The Boxster gets about 20 mpg for city driving and 29 mpg on the highway, according to EPA ratings.
Driver and passenger sport seats come standard in the two-seater Boxster, and upgrades include smooth-finish leather with increased support, fully electric sport seats for multiple angle adjustment and four-way lumbar support, and adaptive sport seats with 18-way fully electric adjustment. The mid-engine design provides for front and rear luggage compartments, with a capacity of 5.29 cubic feet in the front and 4.59 cubic feet in the rear. The cockpit features a 4.6-inch color screen with on-board computer data, displaying communication and audio settings, or a map view with the optional navigation module. Available options include voice-control for audio controls, route guidance and Bluetooth® hands-free calling, Bose Surround Sound, USB and iPod connectivity, HD radio, and satellite radio.
The fully electric cloth convertible top raises or lowers at a push of a button in about nine seconds (the Boxster Spyder’s top is operated manually). The top folds completely into its own compartment above the engine and does not reduce luggage compartment volume. An optional wind deflector is available to reduce air turbulence in the cabin for a more enjoyable ride. Clear glass halogen headlights with integrated turn signals are a standard feature, and LED daytime running lights and position lights accentuate Boxster’s unique style. Automatic headlight activation functionality, switching between daytime running lights and dipped beams based on ambient lighting conditions, is a new standard feature.
Standard safety features include dual front airbags, head and thorax side airbags, which inflate in two stages depending on accident severity. Front impact crash sensors allow for faster crash detection and airbag deployment, providing additional driver and passenger safety. Impact safety is enhances with front and rear deformation zones, and supplemental safety bars. Stability management, antilock brakes, and antislip regulation provides stability and minimizes braking distances in all road conditions. Brake assist detects panic braking situations and provides maximum braking power required. Roadside assistance is included for the duration of the limited four-year warranty.
The 2012 Porsche Boxster lives up to its reputation with classic styling, excellent handling and performance, and an exciting, inspired driving experience.