2012 Porsche Boxster vs. Its Competition

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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
Stylish, fun, and capable, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is one of the best roadsters around.
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.
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.
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   
Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas Flat-6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class   
Two-SeaterSubcompact CarsTwo SeatersTwo-Seater
Style Name   
2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus2-Door Roadster sDrive28i2-Door Coupe Manual
Rear-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
ConvertibleCoupeConvertible2 Door Coupe
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualManual w/OD
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