2013 Porsche Boxster User Reviews
- $49,500 - $60,900
- No trim specified for this review
- Great handling, super looks, excellent seats.
- Porsche's can get very pricey if you add options.
Purchased As New
I've now had my Boxster S (981 S) for about 6 weeks, so I'm familiar enough with it to write a somewhat informed review.
My car is an S with the 6 speed manual, 20" tires, and the PASM electronic suspension. It also has the upgraded Bose stereo system, navigation, and the PCM electronic interface. Boxsters start at around $50,000, but this one quickly ran up to $76,000.
Is it overpriced for what it is? No, it is definitely worth the money, as exorbitant as that may price seem. I just sold a 2009 Corvette, and this is the replacement for it. While I enjoyed that car immensely, there is no comparison in build quality, instrumentation, or the interior.
The Boxster makes you feel like a professional driver. It's the closest thing to a "point and shoot" car that I've ever had the pleasure of driving. I've taken right angle turns at 50 mph with this car, and there's not even a squeak from the tires. It stays flat, and just goes. The steering is very precise and has superb weighting, although the feel is just a bit too damped for my taste.
The ride quality is better than I expected. With the PASM suspension, even the roughest roads are well controlled. There is not any feel of isolation, it's just that the roughness is filtered enough to keep things composed.
Acceleration with the larger engine in the S is quite brisk. While not quite as fast as my old Corvette, it is still capable of sub 5 second 0-60 times, which is quite good. The manual transmission is slick, with easy and positive engagement. Since there is no longer a hand brake, you do have to get used to relying on the "hill hold" feature if you're stopped on a steep incline. It does take some getting used to, and I wish the old hand brake was still there.
Visibility out front and to the sides is very good, but rear visibility is partially blocked by the roll bars. With the mesh wind blocker installed, it only gets worse. I rarely parallel park where I live but, if I did, I would have opted for the rear view camera.
I've owned many cars over the years, including some very nice sports cars. I am not exaggerating when I say that this is the finest car I've ever had the pleasure of owning. It is such a blast to drive that I get in it every time I can. It's a joy to look at and a thrill to drive.
It's not cheap but, if it's within your financial means to own one of these beautifully built sports cars, you won't regret it. I think it's one of the finest cars Porsche has ever produced in its illustrious history.
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