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2017 Porsche 718 Boxster


City 20 - 21 MPG Hwy 26 - 28 MPG

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Overall Rating:
4.9 (out of 5)
Value 4.3
Exterior 4.8
Interior 4.7
Comfort 4.6
Performance 4.9
Reliability 4.9
Just FUN!

by Henry R from Dallas, Texas | May 16, 2019

I only have 14k on this car, but I use as a daily driver to work. It is my second Boxter my last one was a 2011. This one is lower to the ground, faster and a much better looker from the backside in my opinion...I do miss the growl from my 11, but the different in get up and go far exceeds that engine noise. this is just a fun car to drive.

Beautiful car with outstanding performance!

by Treemagnet from Texas Hill Country | April 29, 2019

The car only had 1,082 miles at delivery and thus far I've only added another 505 miles. Therefore, the car is still short of the 2,000 mile run in interval, so it can't be pushed hard or run over 4,000 RPM. Aside from great looks, it is amazingly tight for a convertible (more so than any I've ever owned or driven), extremely agile (handling is intuitive, like my hips are the pivot point...thank's to the mid-engine layout), and sounds hostile in sport or sport+ mode. I would make the same decision in a heartbeat!

Fun car

by Wally from MI | April 01, 2019

I used to have a miata (C generation, 6 speed manual, limited slip diff) and currently also have a 2 series BMW convertible. This car exceeds both by a substantial margin. Exterior styling very nice, interior is classy but snug. Engine is fabulous. Since I didn't have a prior generation, the perceived difference in sound that some complain about is meaningless. In fact, I prefer my sports cars to be quiet but fast. Excellent fuel economy - I got 31mpg on a 1000 mile drive averaging about 75mph. I have the S version with auto. Car flies if I ask it to. No problems at all. Steering wheel controls are very nice. I also have the connect option, but oddly have to plug the phone in instead of just bluetoothing. Only other 'issue' is that in daylight, half the gauge set does not light up, a Porsche thing, but odd still IMO. I find the Bose stereo very good. Rooms front trunk, smaller back one. I intend to keep this car for a long time, and truly enjoy it thus far.

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2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Overview

The Porsche Boxster, which has featured a flat-six-cylinder boxer engine since its introduction in 1996, has given up on the traditional engine arrangement with the announcement of the arrival of a new pair of turbocharged flat-four-cylinder engines. Along with the new motors come styling updates inside and out, and a new name: The two-seat droptop sports car will now be known as the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S for the more powerful version.

The new 718 Boxster is immediately identifiable despite its resemblance to the outgoing model. The biggest difference is the larger air intakes that feature multiple fins and stretch the car's width. The air intakes, which are under the bumper, make the 718 look much wider than the outgoing Boxster, and they are accented with the distinctive four-point LED daytime running lamps that have become a Porsche signature. The side-mounted air intakes are also larger and deeper, stretching downward to meet the bottom of the doors.

The windshield, folding top and trunk lid are unchanged, but the back end gets a dark taillight treatment and a straked logo panel spanning the area under the trunk lid. The overall look is more muscular and wedgy than the previous model.

Inside, the new 718 gets a mildly revised instrument panel and console, bringing a cleaner look, while a new Porsche Communication Management multimedia system is standard. PCM allows for smartphone integration and can be outfitted with an optional navigation system.

Under the Hood
The biggest changes from the outgoing Boxster to the 718 Boxster are under the hood, or more precisely, under the engine cover behind the passengers. The mid-engine layout is, of course, retained, but replacing the flat-six-cylinder engines are a new turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four-cylinder in the 718 Boxster and a turbo 2.5-liter in the 718 Boxster S.

The base engine makes 300 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque, and shaves 0.7 seconds off the 718 Boxster's zero-to-60-mph times, according to Porsche. In the S model, the bigger 2.5-liter engine makes 350 hp and 309 pounds-feet of torque for an acceleration improvement of 0.5 seconds to 60 mph.

A retuned sport suspension is also present, with a retuned electric steering system that the company says is more direct. Porsche Active Suspension Management is again optional, and drops the ride stance by 10 millimeters on the 718 and 20 millimeters on the 718 Boxster S. The optional Sport Chrono Package now includes an Individual setting in addition to that Normal, Sport and Sport Plus settings, with automatic transmission-equipped cars getting a Sport Response Button that Porsche says sharpens responsiveness of both engine and transmission behavior. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard, with optional 20-inch rims available.

Overview courtesy of Cars.com