Porsche Boxster

2012 Porsche Boxster

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  • (4.6) 5 reviews
  • MSRP: $24,821$51,721
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 255-hp, 2.9-liter H-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
  • Seats: 2
2012 Porsche Boxster

Our Take on the 2012 Porsche Boxster

Porsche's mid-engine roadster, the two-seat Boxster, and its coupe counterpart, the Cayman, serve as the German brand's entry-level sports cars. The Cayman is covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section. The Boxster competes with the Audi TT roadster, BMW Z4, Chevrole... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Requires premium gas

Notable Features

  • Choice of six-cylinder engines
  • Manual or dual-clutch automatic transmissions
  • Lightweight Spyder model
  • Newly available SportDesign steering wheel

2012 Porsche Boxster Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in October 2010 about the 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2012, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. You can always count on a kid to give it to you straight. I'd just parked Porsche's new Boxster Spyder roadster when I ... Read full review for the 2012 Porsche Boxster

Consumer Reviews


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Issues that Porsche will not acknowledge

by skyhawks from Florida on September 21, 2015

I had issues with the electrical almost right out of the dealer while the car was under warranty. The issue was "supposedly" corrected, three times. Eventually, the warranty ran out, by 5,000 miles, n... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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Our 2012 Porsche Boxster trim comparison will help you decide.

2012 Porsche Boxster Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 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: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





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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