2015 Porsche Boxster vs. Its Competition

2015 Porsche Boxster GTS
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The Boxster's closest analog is the mid-engine Porsche Cayman coupe with which it shares almost everything.

As far as other brands go, BMW's Z4 is perhaps most like the Boxster; it's roughly equivalent in power, features, and price, but the aging Z4 lacks the refinement, fine-tuned handling, and sharp modern looks of the Boxster.

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 Boxster, if only because it's a sports car, available in both coupe and convertible forms, for about the same price; otherwise, the Corvette is more in the 911's performance league than the Boxster's, and would significantly outpace the smaller mid-engined roadster on the street or the track.

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 Boxster's in terms of luxury and equipment, both models offer a great deal of power and handling for their price point; unfortunately, it comes at the expense of noise and refinement.

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2015 BMW Z4 Pure Fusion Design2015 BMW Z4
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z062015 Chevrolet Corvette
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2015 Nissan 370Z 2-door Coupe Auto NISMO Angular Front Exterior View2015 Nissan 370Z
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2014 Infiniti Q60 Coupe 2-door Journey RWD Angular Front Exterior View2014 INFINITI Q60
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Quick Specs
9.0
The 2015 Porsche Boxster is a relative performance bargain, combining everyday usability with a balanced chassis and sweet engines.
8.0
The 2015 Audi TT is quick, fun, and stylish -- but it skips full sports-car credentials in favor of a little more practicality.
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The 2015 BMW Z4 is on the pricier side of the roadster segment, but it offers a nice blend of comfort, sport, and technology.
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With exceptional performance, style, comfort, features, and most of all value, the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray is a remarkable sports car.
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The 2015 Nissan 370Z continues to offer excellent sports car value and personality.
MSRP From     
$51,400$40,350$48,950$55,000$29,990$40,950
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded H-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas V8Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Two-SeatersSubcompact CarsTwo-SeatersTwo SeaterTwo-SeatersSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T2-Door Roadster sDrive28i2-Door Stingray Coupe w/1LT2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Automatic Journey RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
242224
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Convertiblequattro CoupeRoadsterCoupeCoupeCoupe
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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