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2012 Porsche Boxster Review

Pure driving experience

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To many sports car aficionados, the Porsche Boxster is the quintessential roadster. The convertible is not the fastest Porsche convertible in straight acceleration (that honor goes to turbocharged versions of the 911 Cabriolet) but it's the master going at high speeds on twisting and turning roads.

The 2012 Porsche Boxster is available in a base model, Porsche Boxster S, Porsche Boxster Black Edition, and the Porsche Boxster Spyder. The base model is powered by a 2.9-liter flat-6 engine while the Porsche Boxster S, Black Edition, and Spyder are equipped with the more powerful 3.4-liter flat-6 engine. All Porsche Boxster models, with the exception of the Spyder, come well equipped with a huge list of options. The Spyder is the "pure" or "raw" model for the roadster enthusiast, and Porsche has stripped it of many standard features like powered roof, radio, and even climate control all in the interest in saving on weight.

Options include 18 color choices, 10 seat covers, 9 wheels choices, and 5 types of seats. There are even five available colors for the roof.

The Range

Body style: convertible
Engines: 2.9-liter flat-6, 3.4-liter flat-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, seven-speed automatic
Models: Porsche Boxster, Porsche Boxster S, Porsche Boxster Black Edition, Porsche Boxster Spyder

What's New

The Porsche Boxster debuted in 1996 as a 1997 with the second (and current) generation introduced in 2005 as a 2006 model. Porsche tends to make incremental changes to its lineup, adding new features, standardizing old ones, or expanding some like new color choices. The automaker revamped the Boxster in 2009 with new engines and transmissions. The Boxster Spyder was introduced in 2011. For 2012, the Porsche Boxster Black Edition joins the lineup.


The Porsche Boxster is a two-seater convertible sports car. With its signature circle headlights and pronounced rear wheel arches, the Porsche Boxster is one of the most recognized roadsters in the world. All Boxster models are powered soft-top convertible except the Spyder, whose top has to be set up by hand. Porsche has made no significant changes to the Boxster's exterior for 2012.


Porsche has made no significant changes to the Boxster's interior for 2012. The automaker added new color options and more standard features like Bluetooth in 2011. Like most Porsche models, the Boxster interior offers genuine leather or similar materials, premium plastics, carpet, real wood, carbon fiber, and aluminum. The Boxster's seats help accommodate all but the tallest drivers. Note the Boxster Spyder altered a few standard features to fit its more "raw" roadster image; for example, the seats, like the soft-top roof, are manual instead of power. Porsche made these changes on the Spyder to help keep its weight down.

Performance & Handling

The Porsche Boxster is an extremely balanced car, almost floating through twisting roads yet continuing to feel planted at the same time. Acceleration from both engines is near breathtakingly fast due to the convertible's light weight. Suspension absorbs road imperfections well for a light sports car, only becoming tiresome in excess. The Porsche Boxster Spyder is even more reactive than the other models, though the stiffer springs may make the ride bumpy depending on road conditions.


Like all Porsche models, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is well equipped with active and passive safety features, many of them standard. Driver and passenger are protected by front driver and passenger airbags, head-and-thorax side airbags, and roll bars in case of a rollover. Other standard features include antilock brakes (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), and traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Porsche Boxster with 2.9 liter flat-6: 19-20 mpg city/27-29 mpg highway
Porsche Boxster with 3.4 liter flat-6: 19-20 mpg city/26-29 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Variety
  • Engine
  • Handling

You Won't Like

  • Price
  • Convertible roof

Sum Up

Pure driving experience

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