The 2016 Porsche Boxster is probably most often considered against its mid-engine coupe counterpart, the Porsche Cayman.
It shares almost everything with that model, and we'd dare say the Cayman is an even better pick for the additional structural assurance that model provides in at-the-limit handling.
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 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 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.
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|18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded H-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Gas V8||N/A||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Two-Seaters||Subcompact Cars||Two-Seaters||Two Seater||N/A||Two-Seaters|
|2-Door Roadster||2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T||2-Door Roadster sDrive28i||2-Door Stingray Coupe w/1LT||N/A||2-Door Coupe Manual|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||N/A||Manual w/OD|
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