2012 Porsche Boxster Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Black
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$30,121 - $47,699
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
Source: NHTSA.gov
MPG (up to)
19 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
255-320
Seats
2

How 2012 Porsche Boxster Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.2 Overall Score
Performance 4.6Comfort 3.8Styling 3.8Value 3.8

Editor's Overview

Is it possible to build a Porsche that's more beloved than the 911? Probably not, but the Porsche Cayman is giving it a shot and is dramatically the best value that Porsche offers. Light years more than simply a Boxster with a roof, the Cayman looks, acts and owns the road exactly like a Porsche should.

Porsche Boxster Models & Trims

Base $30,121 - $33,462
Horsepower: 255 hp
Engine Type: Gas Flat-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0, 19 x 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
S $35,614 - $39,567
Horsepower: 310 hp
Engine Type: Gas Flat-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0, 19 x 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Spyder $42,438 - $47,699
Horsepower: 320 hp
Engine Type: Gas Flat-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 x 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
S Black Edition $36,130 - $40,527
Horsepower: 310 hp
Engine Type: Gas Flat-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$30,121 - $33,462
$35,614 - $39,567

Horsepower

Horsepower
255 (hp)
310 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.9L DOHC SMFI horizontally
3.4L DOHC SMFI horizontally
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm
Not Available
Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Standard
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
33.5 (in.)
33.5 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.6 (in.)
37.6 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Second Head Room

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
9.9 (cu. ft.)
9.9 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Leather
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
2
2

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Rear Seats

Cooled Rear Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P235/40ZR18
P235/35ZR19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
95.1 (in.)
95.1 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.4 (ft.)
36.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
172.1 (in.)
172.1 (in.)

Width

Width
70.9 (in.)
70.9 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2943 - 3009 (.lbs)
2987 - 3042 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
255 (hp)
310 (hp)

Torque

Torque
214 (ft. lbs.)
266 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
- TBD - (.lbs)
- TBD - (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
Flat 6 Cylinder
Flat 6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
16.9 (gal.)
16.9 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
23 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

City

City
19 (mpg)
19 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
27 (mpg)
26 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

Crash Test Ratings Currently Not Available

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Automatic brake differential (ABD) *
  • Porsche stability management (PSM) *
  • Traction control (ASR) *
  • Crumple-zone body structure
  • Driver & passenger front airbags -inc: front passenger on/off switch
  • Driver & passenger door mounted side-impact airbags
  • Driver & passenger door trim mounted head curtain airbags
  • 3-point seat belts w/pretensioners & load limiters
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Boron steel tubing around windshield
  • Integrated fixed supplemental safety bars -inc: soft-touch covering
  • Reinforced passenger compartment

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (1)

Seat Belts Aug 3, 2011
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 3, 2011
NHTSA Campaign:
11V409000
Summary:
PORSCHE IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 911 SPEEDSTER AND 911 GTS RS 4.0; AND MODEL YEAR 2012 BOXSTER (INCLUDING S AND SPYDER); CAYMEN (INCLUDING S AND R); 911 CARRERA (INCLUDING S, GTS, 4, 4S, AND 4 GTS); 911 TARGA 4 AND TARGA 4S; AND 911 TURBO AND TURBO S MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 31, 2001, THROUGH JUNE 10, 2011. THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE MOUNTING HOLES IN THE SEAT BELT ANCHOR PLATES FITTED TO THE VEHICLE ARE TOO SMALL. IF THE HOLE DIAMETER IS TOO SMALL, THE ANCHOR PLATE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ROTATE ABOUT THE FASTENING BOLT AS DESIGNED. SHOULD THIS OCCUR, THE SEAT BELT MAY NOT BE ROUTED OPTIMALLY AROUND THE OCCUPANT, OR MAY POTENTIALLY LOOSEN AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY DURING A CRASH.
Consequence:
SHOULD THIS OCCUR, THE SEAT BELT MAY NOT BE ROUTED OPTIMALLY AROUND THE OCCUPANT, OR MAY POTENTIALLY LOOSEN AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY DURING A CRASH.
Remedy:
PORSCHE WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE ANCHOR PLATE AND IT FASTENING SCREW AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE SEAT BELT. THE REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE.

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