The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster is one of the few vehicles that fulfills its intended purpose as well as this. That’s why it’s both on our 10Best and Editors Choice lists. The 718 Cayman, its coupe sibling, is the same. The car’s mid-engine design, sport-tuned chassis and horizontally opposed four and six-cylinder engines give it a balanced driving experience. This roadster’s sharp handling and power are complemented by its powerful engine lineup. For this rear-driver, buyers can choose from a 6-speed manual transmission or a fast-shifting 7-speed automatic. For thousands less than a 911, you can remove the top and let the wind blow through your hair. Enjoy all the Porsche’s performance and driving pleasure.
What’s new for 2021?
This year, the Boxster North America family welcomes a new model: the six-cylinder GTS 4.0. It offers more power and a better sound system than the base car. Porsche has also increased the standard equipment with 2021’s dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats, auto-dimming rain sensors, heated front seats, bixenon headlamps, and auto-dimming rear mirrors.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The GTS 4.0 model is the best choice for those who don’t mind shopping. It boasts a powerful flat-six and makes it easy to shop without boundaries. Not everyone can afford $90K for a 2-seat convertible. We understand that. The S model is the best option for budget-minded people. Although the PDK auto transmission is great, this car needs the manual. We recommend limiting the choices to the lowered suspension with adaptive dampers and a limited slip rear differential. The ventilated seats are also available.
Transmission, Engine, and Performance
Three engines are available for the Boxster: a turbocharged 300-hp 2.0-liter flat four (on S models), a turbocharged 350-hp 2.5-liter Flat-four (on S models) and a 394 hp flat-six on the GTS 4.0. The six-speed manual transmission is standard on all models, although buyers have the option to choose Porsche’s seven-speed automatic. Both the base and S models were great fun to drive and performed well during our testing. Although we have not had the chance to test the GTS 4.0 model yet, we are confident that it will be a great addition to our track experience. Deep affection is shown for the Boxster’s handling and steering skills. The Boxster feels balanced and stable in corners thanks to its mid-engine layout. Furthermore, the steering is extremely communicative and responds quickly to small inputs. Porsche’s adaptive dampers, available torque-vectoring rear differential and torque-vectoring front differential improve the handling of this car. However, even the base-spec Boxsters perform exactly as we expect them to.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
According to the EPA, the base Boxster with a turbo 2.0-liter flat four and six-speed manual earns 20 mpg in cities and 26 mpg highway. The seven-speed dual clutch automatic gets buyers 1 mpg better in each category. The S and GTS models do slightly better. On our 200-mile highway fuel economy route, we tested both a Base Boxster and an S. Both models performed better than their EPA ratings with 33 mpg versus 28 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Although the interior of the Boxster is a bit more plastic than one would expect from a car this expensive, buyers can still cover the console lid, instrument cluster top, and door-panel trim in leather for a reasonable price. Two flimsy, pop-out cupholders on the dash of the Boxster are not very useful and show a lack of respect for beverages while driving. After all, Germans don’t drink their Nachmittagskaffee. Look elsewhere if you are looking for a car that will hold all your life in its cabin. The two-seater has very little room. The Cayman and the Boxster don’t have much storage space. However, both offer a rear cargo compartment and a front cargo area. Two carry-on suitcases can be stuffed in the trunk and one in the back.
Connectivity and Infotainment
Although we’d normally complain about only two USB ports, considering this car has only two seats, how many ports do you really need? For those who still like to listen to CDs, there is a standard CD player. Buyers have the option to choose navigation or a Wi-Fi hotspot. Porsche now offers Apple CarPlay integration, but Android Auto is not yet available.