2009 Porsche Boxster vs. Its Competition

2009 Porsche Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2

Two-seat convertibles dripping with power and great bloodlines all owe something to the Porsche Boxster.

Most recognizable of those are the Z4 and TT; the Z4 has excellent performance and a more passenger-friendly interior, along with a nice soft-top arrangement, but its gregarious exterior styling might be too much for some.

The TT was just restyled last year, with a more conservative yet still uber-chic look that may appeal more to enthusiasts; it drives more like a true sportscar as well.

Nissan's 350Z roadster has raw power and claw-like traction, while Audi's TT roadster gets all-wheel drive and a big V-6 on its features list.

Traditionalists might actually like the simplicity of the Mazda Miata, which costs about half as much as the Boxster; with a high-revving four-cylinder engine and no-nonsense interior, the Miata has a charm of its own.

2009 Porsche Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 22009 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings2011 BMW Z4 2-door Roadster sDrive30i Angular Front Exterior View2011 BMW Z4Browse Used Listings2008 Audi TT 2-door Roadster Auto 2.0T FrontTrak Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi TTBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
9.2
The 2009 Porsche Boxster is exactly what you want it to be: a fast, snazzy modern roadster.
7.8
The 2011 BMW Z4 is an exhilarating sports car, and one of the better choices for touring, but next to other roadsters it's pricey.
8.2
The TT is a little more engaging to drive than before, but it doesn’t stand out in the crowd quite like the original one did when it was new.
MSRP From  
$46,600$47,450$34,800
Gas Mileage  
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas Flat 6-cylGas I6Turbo Gas I4
EPA Class  
Two-SeaterTwo-SeaterMini-Compact
Style Name  
2-Door Roadster2-Door Roadster sDrive30i2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.0T FrontTrak
Drivetrain  
Rear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
224
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
2 Door Roadster2 Dr Conv2 Door Coupe
Transmission  
ManualManualAutomatic w/OD