• (4.8) 14 reviews
  • MSRP: $56,000–$68,400
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 300-hp, 2.0-liter H-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
  • Seats: 2
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

Our Take on the Latest Model 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

What We Don't Like

  • Large blind spots with the top up
  • No Android Auto
  • Expensive options add up quickly
  • Rear trunk won't fit larger luggage
  • Low seating position makes entry hard for some
  • Forward collision warning optional

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2017
  • New turbocharged four-cylinder engines
  • Six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic
  • Soft-top convertible
  • Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
  • 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S offered
  • Optional Apple CarPlay

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

The Verdict

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.

Consumer Reviews


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love this car

by joe from Ballston Spa, NY on September 18, 2017

the boxster is the best car money can buy. As pure straight line performance goes alone it is not the fastest car for the money but as a total package goes there is no better sports car.

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2 Trims Available

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2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $1,400 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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