2017 Porsche 718 vs. Its Competition

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster, Guards red
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Porsche 718 has a few rivals at its price point, but non are mid-engined, and none have quite the same badge appeal.

The Nissan 370Z and Infiniti Q60 share much of the same structure under the skin, and while the Infiniti's interior is a closer match to the Porsche's in luxury and equipment.

Both offer a great deal of power and handling for their price point; unfortunately, it comes at the expense of noise and refinement.

The BMW Z4 is roughly equivalent in power, features, and price, but it's now an aging model and lacks the refinement, fine-tuned handling, and sharp modern looks of the Porsche.

Audi's TT is another German take on the compact sports car, but its front-biased weight distribution makes for a more awkward, if still capable, sports driving experience.

The TT's all-wheel drive is a nice feature, however, for those in the snow belt.

Chevrolet's Corvette Stingray is also one to consider against the 718, if only because it's a sports car, available in both coupe and convertible forms, for about the same price; on a track, the 'Vette would overpower the 718, and some 911s, too.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman remains some of our favorite performance cars; they're thrilling to drive, and in base form they're exceptional sports car value, too.
7.4
The 2017 Audi TT isn't quite a pure sports car, but its driver-centric interior design, leaner driving character, and everyday practicality provide an ideal sweet spot for the real world.
7.8
The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette antes up stunning performance and great features; we're mixed on its boy-racer looks.
6.6
The 2017 Nissan 370Z has a classic sports-car shape, excellent sports-car handling, and a tuned Nismo track weapon in its lineup.
7.8
While it isn't as agile as the Porsche Boxster it is priced against, the 2016 BMW Z4 balances sportiness with comfort and a comfortable cabin.
MSRP From    
$53,900$43,500$55,450$29,990$49,700
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas V8Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Two-SeatersSubcompact CarsTwo SeaterTwo-SeatersTwo-Seaters
Style Name    
Coupe2.0 TFSI2-Door Stingray Coupe w/2LTCoupe Manual2-Door Roadster sDrive28i
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
24222
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Coupequattro CoupeCoupeCoupeRoadster
Transmission    
Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
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