With the weather heating up, there's nothing better than cruising down the coast in a sports car with the top down. The 2013 Porsche Boxster S fit our needs perfectly. With the performance you'd expect from the automaker to the iconic styling, there's so much to like about Porsche's entry-level sports car. There were definitely things about the Boxster that had us less than thrilled, but after a week behind the wheel, we came away with some strong impressions. Read on to learn what we thought about the 2013 Porsche Boxster S.
Model and PriceFor $60,900, the 2013 Porsche Boxster S could be yours, but what would the fun be if we just tested the base model with no options? Our model featured over $40,000 in options, including a Sport Chrono package, a PDK transmission, and more. But special packages weren't the only things that amped up the price. After individual features, our price ended up being $102,940. For that kind of money, you may want to opt for the 911 Carrera Cabriolet. While we would have preferred to drive the manual, the PDK transmission offered some fun in the form of paddle shifters, that when used, really showed us what this car is capable of.
Safety and Key FeaturesConvertibles aren't known for their extreme safety, but the Boxster came with eight standard airbags, Porsche Side Impact Protection, seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters, safety roll-bar, and more. While this car wasn't tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Boxster S is relatively safe and sturdy for a convertible. Some of the features that were added on we could do without, like a body painted key ($335) and the exterior paint color in GT Silver Metallic ($2,580). But we did enjoy the leather interior, sport seats, and infotainment package.
Family Friendliness and UtilityYou can forget about bringing along the entire family along for a ride in this car. With only two seats, it’s the perfect excuse to get some alone time or take a drive with only one passenger. While this may be fun to drive around on the weekends, when it comes to sitting in traffic or loading up with groceries, take the other car. With technically two trunks, a small one in the rear over the engine, and a slightly larger one under the hood, fitting a week's worth of groceries is easier than we expected, but loading up a suitcase and laundry basket proved to be a different story.
Comfort and QualitySport and luxury are two words that have become synonymous when talking about Porsche, and while the Boxster S may be on the lower end of the brand's lineup, it is in no way lacking. The sport seats seem to contour to your body, gripping you as you zip through traffic or take corner after corner in the canyons. Although we weren't the biggest fan of the very orange interior, the materials were high-quality, and everywhere you put your arm, there were soft-touch materials and leather. The infotainment system was easy to navigate after a slight learning curve, but as far as daily drivers go, we think there may be better ones out there.
How it DrivesPerformance is the name of the game when it comes to Porsche. And while that performance aspect was definitely there, we were left wanting a little more refinement. At slow speeds in the parking lot, the Boxster S would jerk forward, but once up to speed, it evened out and that issue didn't come up again. Until it was time to leave wherever we were. The sporty quality was felt in the suspension that was very stiff, and while that's good when driving more aggressively, for everyday driving, bumps and other road imperfections were extremely noticeable.
SummaryWhile we wish we could have had more time behind the wheel of the 2014 Porsche Boxster S, we very much enjoyed our time. From the performance and handling to the drop top, there was so much to like about this model. But for the price, we're not sure if this is the model to get. For less than the total price of our test model, you can get into an entry-level Cayman. However, when placed against the likes of similarly equipped BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLK models, the Porsche has an advantage in terms of price, but that hefty options list is something that is more of a hindrance than a benefit. That being said, if we were to get a Boxster, the S model would be the one to get.
Spec BoxPrice-as-tested: $102,940
EPA City: 21
EPA Highway: 30
EPA Combined: 24
Cargo Space: 4.6 cubic feet in rear, 5.3 cubic feet in front
Estimated Combined Range: 406 miles
Intellichoice Cost of Ownership: Excellent