2010 Porsche Boxster vs. Its Competition

2010 Porsche Boxster 2-door Roadster S Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The BMW Z4 offers strong performance, a more passenger-friendly interior, and a standard retractable hardtop, but its bold exterior styling might be too much for some.

The TT was just restyled in 2008, with a more conservative yet still fashionable look that may appeal more to enthusiasts; it drives more like a true sportscar as well.

Nissan's new 370Z roadster has raw power, abundant traction, and its own brand of stunning looks, while Audi's TT roadster features all-wheel drive and a big V-6 among its strengths.

Purists might actually prefer the simplicity of the Mazda Miata, which eschews most of the luxury and power of the Porsche, but costs about half as much as the Boxster.

Still, with a high-revving four-cylinder engine and no-nonsense interior, the Miata has a charm of its own.

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Quick Specs
9.0
The 2010 Porsche Boxster is a fun, attractive, and capable roadster-everything you want it to be.
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
With its uprated edition and more muscular styling, the 2010 Audi TT edges closer to the border between sporty cars and true sports cars.
8.2
A great performance car that starts just under $30,000, the 2010 Nissan 370Z comes close enough to Porsche performance to make you wonder.
MSRP From   
$47,600$47,450$37,800$30,410
Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas Flat 6-cylGas I6Turbo Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class   
Two-SeaterTwo-SeaterSubcompactTwo-Seater
Style Name   
2-Door Roadster2-Door Roadster sDrive30i2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium2-Door Coupe Manual
Drivetrain   
Rear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
2242
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Roadster2 Dr Conv2 Door Cpe2 door coupe
Transmission   
ManualManualNAManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2010 Porsche Boxster vs. 2011 BMW Z42010 Porsche Boxster vs. 2010 Audi TT2010 Porsche Boxster vs. 2010 Nissan 370Z