2012 Porsche Boxster

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Porsche Boxster. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Handling
  • Braking
  • Dual-clutch transmission

The Bad

  • Requires premium gas

Notable Features of the 2012 Porsche Boxster

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

2012 Porsche Boxster Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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, Chevrolet Corvette convertible and Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class.

The Boxster is available in lightweight, more powerful Spyder form. The Spyder comes with a manually operated soft-top, sport seats, aluminum doors, and interior door release straps rather than handles. Air conditioning and a stereo are not standard, though they are no-cost options. With a curb weight of 2,811 pounds, the Spyder weighs 176 pounds less than a Boxster S, but its 3.4-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder is rated at 320 horsepower — 10 hp more than a Boxster S.

New for 2012
A Porsche SportDesign steering wheel is newly available.

Exterior
The most evident styling difference between the Boxster and its Cayman cousin is that the Boxster is a soft-top convertible whereas the Cayman is a hardtop. The Boxster's projector-beam halogen headlight clusters incorporate the turn signals. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 18- or 19-inch wheels available
  • Standard LED taillights
  • Optional hardtop and wind blocker
  • Aluminum doors and lightweight manual top for Spyder

Interior
An available 6.5-inch touch-screen controls the audio, communication and navigation systems in this two-seat roadster...

Vehicle Overview

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, Chevrolet Corvette convertible and Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class.

The Boxster is available in lightweight, more powerful Spyder form. The Spyder comes with a manually operated soft-top, sport seats, aluminum doors, and interior door release straps rather than handles. Air conditioning and a stereo are not standard, though they are no-cost options. With a curb weight of 2,811 pounds, the Spyder weighs 176 pounds less than a Boxster S, but its 3.4-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder is rated at 320 horsepower — 10 hp more than a Boxster S.

New for 2012
A Porsche SportDesign steering wheel is newly available.

Exterior
The most evident styling difference between the Boxster and its Cayman cousin is that the Boxster is a soft-top convertible whereas the Cayman is a hardtop. The Boxster's projector-beam halogen headlight clusters incorporate the turn signals. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 18- or 19-inch wheels available
  • Standard LED taillights
  • Optional hardtop and wind blocker
  • Aluminum doors and lightweight manual top for Spyder

Interior
An available 6.5-inch touch-screen controls the audio, communication and navigation systems in this two-seat roadster. Interior features include:

  • Standard CD stereo; six-CD changer optional
  • Optional carbon fiber trim
  • Optional heated/ventilated seats
  • Optional Bose surround sound system
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
The base engine is a 255-hp, 2.9-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder. The 3.4-liter six-cylinder makes 310 hp in the Boxster S and 320 hp in the Boxster Spyder. Both engines can team with a manual or PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 3.4-liter engine has direct fuel injection for better performance, gas mileage
  • Optional adaptive suspension
  • Spyder's suspension lowers the car by nearly an inch
  • Spyder comes with a limited-slip differential

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock disc brakes
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Head-protection airbags
  • Electronic stability system

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Getting car a ceramic coating a Shin Tech. Wow.

by MD Boxster S Lover from Bentonville, Ar. on December 13, 2017

The Porsche Boxster S is truly the most fun car to drive I have ever driven. Got a taxi from the Chicago airport to the dealer and drove the car to Bentonville, Arkansas. Wow about 10 hours of the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most Fun Car I have ever owned

by Abby Normal from Phoenix, AZ on October 20, 2017

The PDK transmission is the most responsive transmission that I have ever driven. The creature comforts are superb both heat and A/C. The mileage per gallon is much better than I expected in a ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Porsche Boxster currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Porsche Boxster has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Porsche

Program Benefits

24-hour road side assistance, battery jump start, flat tire service, emergency fuel delivery, lockout service, replacement keys, extrication/winch service and trip interruption.

  • Limited Warranty

    2 Years / Unlimited Miles Warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired.

    2 Years / Unlimited Miles Warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired.
  • Eligibility

    Under 8 years / 100,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 111 point mechanical and visual inspection..

    See inspection details.

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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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