Go
2013 Porsche Boxster Photo
9.0
/ 10
On Performance
BASE INVOICE
$44,550
BASE MSRP
$49,500
On Performance
Excellent handling, ample power, and one of the best electric steering systems we've tested make the 2013 Porsche Boxster a true driver's car.
9.0 out of 10
Browse Porsche Boxster inventory in your area.

SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS

PERFORMANCE | 9 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

The electric power steering requires less work than it did before, thanks to lighter weight. It’s faithfully accurate, but at the same time it’s less involving.
Car and Driver

And if you're driving hard and want engine braking when you back off the gas? The car knows, sensing that throttle control is more incisive and keeping the drivetrain connected.
Automobile Magazine

The new Boxster will tell you everything you need to know to drive just as hard as you could in the previous car.
Motor Trend

The Boxster S with the dual-clutch automatic is fast, nimble, and lighter on its feet than even the 2976-pound weight would imply.
Popular Mechanics

At speed the 2013 Porsche Boxster handles magnificently, a precise and balanced instrument for carving out a corner.
Yahoo! Motoramic

Two engines are available in the two flavors of the 2013 Porsche Boxster. The standard model gets a 2.7-liter flat-six engine rated at 265 hp and a 0-60 mph time of jsut 5.5 seconds. The Boxster S gets a 3.4-liter flat six that's good for 315 horsepower and 4.8 seconds to 60 mph.

Both models are available with either a six-speed manual (no seven-speed manual like you'll find in the Porsche 911), or a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters. For the enthusiast, the manual might make sense, but the PDK is nearly as fun and far easier to drive quickly, both on track and around town.

Power isn't the Boxster's main attraction, despite having plenty of it. It's handling that draws in a Boxster buyer, and the 2013 model takes advantage of a lighter, stiffer chassis and bespoke tires to make the most of Porsche's long-standing know-how when it comes to dynamics. Electric power steering numbs the feel ever so slightly, but it's easily among the two best such systems we've tested—the other belonging to the 911. All-around, the 2013 Porsche Boxster shines as the leading example of sporty handling in its class.

For models equipped with the adjustable suspension system (Porsche Active Suspension Management, or PASM), the driver-selectable "comfort," "normal," and "sport" modes allow tuning the suspension compliance to the task at hand.

Conclusion

Excellent handling, ample power, and one of the best electric steering systems we've tested make the 2013 Porsche Boxster a true driver's car.

« Prev: Interior / Exterior Next: Comfort and Quality »
Other Choices Read More
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Cars
Go!
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

 
© 2015 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Read Our Cookie Policy.