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2014 Porsche Boxster

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2014 Porsche Boxster Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.1

Fresh off a revamp, the 2014 Porsche Boxster is an exhilarating mid-engine, rear-drive convertible that nearly captures the sexy 911-style appeal that the Cayman has mastered. This 3rd-generation Boxster is slightly bigger than past models, but is lighter, tighter and more fuel efficient in both base and hopped-up Boxster S forms. Its cabin is quieter, and you can fold its soft top in just nine seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. Though more refined, Porsche's 2-seat roadster still loves to tackle twisty roads. The Boxster doesn't have the folding hardtop of a BMW Z4 or Mercedes-Benz SLK, or the easier-to-digest starting prices of the Audi TT and Nissan 370Z convertibles, but does boast what none of those can touch: the dynamics and prestige of a Porsche.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're just as enthusiastic about the act of driving a performance roadster as you are about the appeal of driving one, the Porsche Boxster will deliver on both desires.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want the security and added comfort of a retractable hardtop, look to the Mercedes SLK or BMW Z4, which come standard with one. The comfort-oriented SLK, along with the Audi TT and Nissan 370Z, also undercut the Boxster's $51,000-plus base price by thousands of dollars.

What's New for 2014

With the Boxster all new for the previous model year, there are no significant changes for 2014.

Driving the Boxster

Driving Impressions With good power always on tap and an architecture that's stiffer yet lighter than previous-generation models, the 2014 Porsche Boxster drives exactly as your imagination would insist a sports car...

should. The Boxster's massive brakes swiftly terminate the commendable velocities enabled by the car's mid-mounted 6-cylinder engine, and its new variable-ratio ratio electric power-steering system is clean and quick, despite what some old-school purists may say. Whether you're trying to capture the flag at a club track or just going to a restaurant on a Friday evening, the Boxster's ride quality shines. And therein lies a big part of the Boxster's brilliance: Its engine, suspension and brakes conduct themselves like members of the finest orchestra. The result is an enthusiast/grand-touring-roadster balanced so well that it must be experienced to be believed.

QUICK FOLDING TOP
Nine seconds. That's all it takes to transform the Boxster from cozy cocoon to alfresco adrenaline machine. There's nothing quite like screaming down a windy road with the wind lapping your skin. We consider such outings downright therapeutic, and reckon engineers of the Boxster's rapid-fold roof do, too.

SPORT CHRONO PACKAGE
Over and above the standard Sport setting, this package for Boxsters equipped with an automatic transmission includes a Sport Plus mode, which can further tighten the Boxster's suspension. This setting also quickens shift times and features launch control for extreme acceleration. Another welcome addition is a classy analog/digital stopwatch in the dash.

2014 Porsche Boxster Details
2014 Porsche Boxster photo Interior

The 2014 Boxster's cabin is surprisingly quiet with the top up and triumphantly alive with it down. It's also the roomiest ever. The two seats don't so much fit you as they absorb you. All touch points, including the pedals and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, are as purposeful as they are comfortable. This is what a sports car should feel like. In the center dash is a 7-inch color screen that sits above a bevy of buttons, and growing from there is the sleek and also-button-laden transmission tunnel that sits between driver and passenger. It's high-tech and classy, but busy.

Exterior
2014 Porsche Boxster photo

As good as the 2014 Boxster appears in photos, it looks better in person, boasting more angles than a geometry lesson. Not surprisingly, the Boxster is at its best with the top down, but even with the fabric roof in position, this roadster draws attention. Among the Boxster's more prominent features are sculpted side sills that direct air to the engine bay. In front, the Boxster dazzles with jeweled headlights, which come in halogen form on regular models and bi-xenon for S variants. In back is the traditional center-mounted exhaust tailpipe, a single outlet on base models and a pair on the Boxster S.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Other than the fact that the base Porsche Boxster sport seats are manually adjustable for height and fore/aft positioning (the seatback recline adjustment is electric) in a world where most luxury makers go all-electric, the 2014 Boxster comes deliciously equipped right out of the box. The power-folding roof features a heated glass window, and the included HomeLink garage door opener means you'll never have to dig for that transponder. The standard 50-watt AM/FM/CD/AUX audio system has four speakers and is controlled via a 7-inch, color touch screen. Base Boxsters come with 18-inch wheels, while S models ride on 19-inch versions.

Optional Equipment

From a torque-vectoring rear differential to ventilated seats and a navigation system, there are myriad ways to make your Boxster quicker, more comfortable, or more technologically advanced. High-end audio systems from Bose and Burmester are available, and an electronic logbook can record every trip for posterity or recordkeeping. We are personal fans of the wood package and matching heated, mahogany steering wheel. The most performance-minded will be interested in the carbon-ceramic brakes, a $7,000-plus feature alone. And there is, of course, that excellent 7-speed automatic transmission. It's officially named Porsche Doppelkupplung, but it's far easier to just say "PDK."

Under the Hood

The 2014 Boxster uses a 2.7-liter flat-6 engine that puts out a respectable 265 horsepower and enables the roadster to leap from zero to 60 mph in a scant 5.5 seconds. The Boxster S features a larger and more powerful 3.4-liter flat-6 that produces 315 horsepower and lowers that acceleration benchmark to a rapid 4.8 seconds. This latter powerplant simply doesn't have a weakness and roars like a warhorse. Both engines are mounted midship and power the rear wheels. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual, with the quicker-shifting and more fuel-efficient 7-speed PDK automatic optional. An auto start/stop function can be used with either transmission, but we found the startups jarring when faced with a row of ill-timed stoplights.


2.7-liter flat-6
265 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
206 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500-6,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 mpg (manual), 22/32 mpg (automatic)

3.4-liter flat-6
315 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
266 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500-5,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 mpg (manual), 21/30 mpg (automatic)

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2014 Porsche Boxster Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.7
Out of 10

Based on 16 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.8/10

Still in love after 3 years

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "Cup holders are typical German wierd"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2013 Boxster S with PDK, sports chrono, PASM. After 3 years, this car is still awesome. Consistently 20+ MPG around town and 30+ on freeway. Shows no wear on interior at all. I should have added the seat ventilation for summer weather though. I usually owned BMW Z4's and this is so much better. Corners better, much smoother ride, and the only Porsche convertible that can hold a set of golf clubs in rear trunk (plus lot's of room in front trunk."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Elegant and classy

By on Friday, December 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun, classy, solid"

Cons: "the older you get the harder it is to get out of.."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"One day I will trade this car in BUT only for another Porsche. This is our second. This car compares to none. It is very well built. You can feel the quality when you drive it. It is definitely an experience!! If you have the money get one. It's like anything else...you get what you pay for!!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

2015 GTS the ultimate smile machine

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,010

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Amazing perfromance, great fun, and comfortable"

Cons: "TPMS sensors can be fussy, blind spots with top up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Arrived two months earlier than plan

"After a series of BMW 3 series convertibles, I planned to buy a 435xi convertible BUT there is no trunk with the top down. We love to travel topless and I immediately started looking elsewhere for a new auto. The GTS just rocks! I started with an S configuration but the GTS simply made great sense. The adaptive suspension smooths out the ride. The auto performs like a beast. Very fast. Very agile! Tossed the GTS Alcantara interior and went all leather. We also kept the 6-speed stick and this car is perfect. Oh yes, I bought a set of 19inch wheels for winter tires. Its a great year round driver."

1 person out of 6 found this review helpful

Arrived two months earlier than plan

Fun, fun, fun with lots of get up and go

By on Monday, February 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looks, diveability, precison, fit and finish"

Cons: "Price, could use a USB in an easier location"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Very fun to drive, just asking for a ticket. Sport exhaust is a must just to hear the sound when you hit the gas. Turn corners without thinking of hitting the brake (because you can). Turn heads when driving. There are faster cars out there but not very many as fun to drive as this at a good price. The interior is built with precision and has great feel and comfort. Just compare materials with other cars in this price range (thinking of corvette)."

11 people out of 22 found this review helpful

This car is outstanding!

By on Monday, April 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Priced within reason for what you get."

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've previously owned a new 2001 and a 2006 with great experience from both. The newly designed 2013, which I've owned for one year is an improvement on the previous two that I've owned. In addition to improved performance, the exterior and interior design changes truly make a big difference. My car is a six speed manual with a number of options but not the "S". None of my previously owned Boxsters were the "S" model either, which works for me price wise with a wonderful driving experience."

13 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Great handling, acceleration, and braking

By on Monday, April 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Cons: "price of options"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2013 Boxster S is my first Porsche. Great handling, acceleration, and braking. Turns heads everywhere. Driving this machine a evokes a visceral response. Great engine growl. PDK transmission is silky smooth."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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