2012 Porsche Boxster vs. Its Competition

2012 Porsche Boxster
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

BMW's Z4 offers similarly strong performance with a more comfortable, passenger-friendly interior, plus a standard retractable hardtop, but its styling isn't as widely appealing.

The Nissan 370Z Roadster offers even more power than the Boxster Spyder along with its own take on great looks, but considerably more weight as well.

The Infiniti G37 Convertible is even better-looking than the 370Z, with the same power and handling and even more refined and luxurious interior.

Audi's TT roadster packs all-wheel drive and a potent V-6, but is nose-heavy and not as much a driver's car as the Boxster.

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Quick Specs
9.0
Stylish, fun, and capable, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is one of the best roadsters around.
8.0
The 2012 Audi TT gets a burst of testosterone and sports-car cred with a bold new TT RS model; otherwise it's a surprisingly well-rounded (and economical) performer.
7.8
The 2012 BMW Z4 is a great option for the driver seeking a balance of fun and comfort, making it a great light tourer, but it can quickly become expensive with added options.
7.8
The Infiniti G37 Convertible doesn't suffer the usual styling compromises, but it's a little less exciting to drive than its Coupe cousin.
8.2
Performance per dollar, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is a bargain, and it's quick enough in absolute terms to reach toward the domain of much more expensive sports cars.
MSRP From    
$48,100$38,300$48,650$46,650$32,280
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas Flat-6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
Two-SeaterSubcompact CarsTwo SeatersSubcompactTwo-Seater
Style Name    
2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus2-Door Roadster sDrive28i2-Door Base2-Door Coupe Manual
Drivetrain    
Rear-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
24242
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
ConvertibleCoupeConvertibleConvertible2 Door Coupe
Transmission    
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualAutomaticManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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