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2009 Porsche Boxster

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$15,237 — $33,273 USED
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Convertible
2 Seats
22-23 MPG
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Overview

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The Good

  • New headlights
  • Better distinguished from Cayman
  • Mileage improved
  • Dual-clutch automated-manual transmission

The Bad

  • Requires premium gas
2009 Porsche Boxster exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 Porsche Boxster
  • Slight exterior restyling
  • Larger base engine
  • S-level engine more powerful
  • New seven-speed transmission
  • Suspension refinements
  • LED taillights standard

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder takes a look at the 2009 Porsche Boxster S. It competes with the Audi TT roadster, BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette convertible and Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class.

Vehicle Overview
Porsche's more-affordable midengine roadster, the Boxster, and its coupe counterpart, the Cayman, have been upgraded for 2009 with more power, better mileage, revised suspensions and upgraded interiors. The Boxster competes with the Audi TT roadster, BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette convertible and Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class.

Exterior
The styling has also been tweaked, with an emphasis on the lights — headlights, taillights and side marker lights. The Boxster has rectangular fog lights. It now incorporates its turn signals into the halogen headlight clusters, and LED taillights are standard. An option package includes bi-xenon headlights, cornering lights and LED daytime running lights.

Interior
The Boxster also received some interior upgrades, including an updated PCM Communication Management option that controls the audio, communication and navigation systems. The badly needed upgrade brings a new touch-screen interface with a 6.5-inch screen. A USB jack for controlling iPods and playing music from flash drives is also available.

Optional heated seats now also include a ventilation function to cool occupants.


Under the Hood
The base Boxster's horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine has grown from 2.7 to 2.9 liters, and from 245 to 255 horsepower. The 3.4-liter in the Boxster S now generates 310 hp, up from 303 hp. Despite the higher output, Porsche says the Boxster's mileage has improved.

When a car's power and efficiency both increase, it usually ...
Vehicle Overview
Porsche's more-affordable midengine roadster, the Boxster, and its coupe counterpart, the Cayman, have been upgraded for 2009 with more power, better mileage, revised suspensions and upgraded interiors. The Boxster competes with the Audi TT roadster, BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette convertible and Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class.

Exterior
The styling has also been tweaked, with an emphasis on the lights — headlights, taillights and side marker lights. The Boxster has rectangular fog lights. It now incorporates its turn signals into the halogen headlight clusters, and LED taillights are standard. An option package includes bi-xenon headlights, cornering lights and LED daytime running lights.

Interior
The Boxster also received some interior upgrades, including an updated PCM Communication Management option that controls the audio, communication and navigation systems. The badly needed upgrade brings a new touch-screen interface with a 6.5-inch screen. A USB jack for controlling iPods and playing music from flash drives is also available.

Optional heated seats now also include a ventilation function to cool occupants.


Under the Hood
The base Boxster's horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine has grown from 2.7 to 2.9 liters, and from 245 to 255 horsepower. The 3.4-liter in the Boxster S now generates 310 hp, up from 303 hp. Despite the higher output, Porsche says the Boxster's mileage has improved.

When a car's power and efficiency both increase, it usually means one thing: direct injection, and that's the technology that's been added. It's aided by the new seven-speed, dual-clutch automated manual called Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, or PDK, which improves efficiency over the conventional Tiptronic S it replaces. It offers an automatic mode as well as manual shifting using a lever or steering-wheel buttons — push forward to upshift, pull back to downshift. Porsche says PDK also improves 0-60 mph times over the manual: 5.2 seconds versus 5.3 seconds for the Boxster S. The manual base Boxster is claimed to hit 60 mph in less than 5.8 seconds with PDK and about a tenth of a second slower with the stick.

The Boxster also got suspension refinements and larger brakes that required the base model's 17-inch front wheels to be a half-inch wider. A limited-slip differential is optional to supplement the brake-based traction control.


Safety
In addition to frontal airbags, the Boxster has side-impact torso airbags in the seat backrests, and head-protection airbags deploy upward from the doors. Antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
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Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

I love this car!

by Porsche Forever! from Lodi, Ca on December 31, 2017

Drives great and gets excellent miles per gallon. I travel to the ocean and enjoy the top down, letting the wind in my hair, while I listen to music, or enjoy a phone call. Read full review

(5.0)

You've found the jackpot

by SleepEatDrive from Fort Myers, FL on September 10, 2017

I have currently owned a 987.2 Porsche Boxster for 4 months and have driven a total of 5,000 miles so far. As a convertible it has been a comfortable daily driver. Having both the trunk and the front ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Porsche Boxster currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Porsche Boxster has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Porsche

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    8 years/100,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    111-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Boxster received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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