2011 Porsche Boxster vs. Its Competition

2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
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.

2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder2011 Porsche Boxster
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9.0
The 2011 Porsche Boxster is a fun, attractive, and capable roadster-everything you want it to be.
8.0
The 2011 Audi TT straddles the line between sporty cars and true sports cars--or is it the DMZ?
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.
MSRP From  
$48,100$38,300$47,450
Gas Mileage  
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas Flat 6-cylTurbo Gas I4Gas I6
EPA Class  
Two-SeaterSubcompactTwo-Seater
Style Name  
2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus2-Door Roadster sDrive30i
Drivetrain  
Rear-Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
242
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
2 Door Convertible2 Door Cpe2 Dr Conv
Transmission  
ManualAutomatic w/manual shiftManual
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