2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Reviews
Cars.com Expert Reviews
Incredible balance and a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine make the 718 Boxster two-seat convertible a joy to drive.
Versus the competition
The 718 Boxster’s mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive setup makes it unique among competitors.
For the Boxster's 20th birthday this year, Porsche gave it a revised name and a full redesign. The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster has revised styling and interior technology, plus two new engines. The engines are turbocharged horizontally opposed four-cylinders, replacing the naturally aspirated flat-six-cylinders found in all previous Boxsters. Compare the 2017 718 Boxster with last year's model here.
The new engines give the 718 Boxster even more performance, making an already engaging car even sharper. The Boxster competes against the Audi TT and Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class, as well as its fixed-roof stablemate, the Porsche Cayman coupe. Compare the Boxster with those vehicles here.
What We Tested
These caveats don't change the fact that the 718 Boxster achieves its goal: It's an unabashed sports roadster that puts a premium on drivability, balance and agility — and it doesn't just complete that mission, it excels at it. Of course, a two-seat convertible that doesn't fit much cargo is not for everyone; kids or a spouse could easily sway the calculus a bit on a car like this. And the price tag is steep for something that offers so little practicality and not-great fuel economy.
But if your mission is as singular as the 718 Boxster's and your objective is to find the car that's the most fun to drive, I promise you won't be disappointed.