Key Specs

of the 2016 Porsche Boxster base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Precise handling
  • Standout styling
  • Interior materials
  • Quiet cabin with top up

The Bad

  • Lackluster base engine
  • Expensive pricing structure
  • Poor visibility with top up
  • Clumsy cupholders
2016 Porsche Boxster exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Porsche Boxster

  • New Spyder model
  • Mid-engine, rear-drive layout
  • Choice of flat-six engines
  • Power soft-top standard
  • Manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Related to Porsche Cayman coupe

2016 Porsche Boxster Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Porsche Boxster is a two-seat roadster that competes against the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class.
New for 2016
A high-performance Spyder version of the Boxster is now available.
Significant Standard Features

  • 265-horsepower, 2.7-liter flat-six-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Mid-engine layout
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • LED daytime running lights and taillights
  • Power soft-top
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • 315-hp, 3.4-liter flat-six-cylinder (S)
  • 330-hp, 3.4-liter flat-six-cylinder (GTS)
  • 375-hp, 3.8-liter flat-six-cylinder (Spyder)
  • Leather upholstery
  • Navigation system
  • Manual soft-top (Spyder)

Latest 2016 Boxster Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(3.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

What a car should be

by vand1976 from Florida on May 11, 2018

The Boxster is an incredible vehicle--everything a car should be. It handles great, accelerates well and is just fun to drive. I'm 6'2 and there are very few 2 seaters that fit comfortably. Most are ... Read full review

(5.0)

Amazing vehicle!

by skiahh on November 3, 2017

This isn't the fastest or most powerful car out there, but it will put the biggest smile on your face. It's sheer fun; like driving a little go kart. It's comfortable for a small roadster and looks ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Porsche Boxster currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker