While the sticker price on the base model Porsche Boxster is a snazzy $48,100, Motor Trend Magazine lists the average cost of insuring this popular sports convertible at only $1,410 per year! That’s assuming of course, that the standard 255 horsepower Porsche 2.9 liter, opposed 6-cylinder, double overhead cam engine is held in check by an obedient driver who will follow all city and highway posted speed limits.

You will certainly want to take your new Porsche Boxster out on the open road! With its standard 16.9-gallon gas tank, the Boxster can travel a comfortable 372 miles between fill-ups. The Boxster will average 27 miles per gallon on the highway and 19 mpg in city driving, for a combined average of 22 mpg.

What other Boxster models are available?

Porsche offers the Boxster in three different models: the Base Convertible as described above, the S Convertible and Spyder Convertible. Car insurance costs will increase somewhat for these larger and more costly vehicles.

The Porsche S Convertible carries a sticker price of $58,600 and will cost an average adult with a clean driving record an estimated $1,524 per year to insure. For the Spyder Convertible at $61,800, the annual insurance costs can be expected to be about $1,666 per year.

Fuel economy for all three convertibles is rated about the same, the only exception being the S model, which is rated at one mpg less (26 mpg) on the highway than the Base or Spyder models.

These insurance estimates all assume the insured/principal driver is an adult between the ages of 25 and 65, with at least six years driving experience and no violations or chargeable accidents of record.

What are the principle differences in the three Boxster models?

The main difference between the three Boxster models is engine size. Both the S and Spyder Convertibles feature Porsche’s 3.4 liter, 6-cylinder DOHC engine. The S Convertible rates this engine at 310 horsepower, while the Spyder is rated at 320 horsepower.

This small difference in power is primarily due to the smaller, 14.3-gallon gas tank housed beneath the Spyder. The S model has the same 16.9-gallon tank as the Base Convertible model. This would also account for the slightly lower gas mileage of the heavier S model as well.

What are standard features on the Porsche Boxster?

Porsche automobiles are known the world over for their road handling capabilities. All three Boxster Models include anti-lock brakes with Porsche’s exclusive power assist braking system. There are of course, ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels.

For hugging the road in all kinds of weather, the Boxster has electronic braking, traction control and Porsche’s patented stability management system? Independent struts front and rear, coil springs and stabilizer bars insure the smoothest of rides on all highway surfaces. The Spyder model adds a limited slip differential on the rear.

Porsches are equally recognized on the highway for their unique aerodynamic styling, body colors, and accents. Front and rear bumpers are matched to the Boxster’s special black exterior paint as are the rear hatch and spoiler.

For speed and convenience, the Boxster comes with a soft, fully electric convertible top and fixed hoop protection against rollovers. At night, you’ll have a commanding view of the road as your new Boxster features halogen headlamps with projector lenses. Front and rear fogs lamps are also included as standard equipment as is a heated window washer.

In colder weather, you’ll enjoy the heated, body color, power mirrors mounted on both the driver and passenger doors and a a built-in garage door opener, saving you steps at night or in poor weather.

Are the Boxster interiors luxurious as well?

Yes! The interior appointments of the Porsche Boxster include more than three dozen standard features such as the exclusive Porsche leather and alloy trim package. The special ergonomically designed power bucket seats and luxurious leather upholstery in your Boxster will fit you like a glove!

Not only will you drive in comfort, you’ll also be secure knowing that your Boxster has the latest safety equipment, with intelligent driver and passenger airbags complete with an occupant sensor switch.

The Boxster’s on-board computer system includes a trip computer, which automatically tracks your speed, range and fuel economy. Power features abound in the Porsche Boxster with power steering and windows, power locks with speed sensors, cruise control, and 12-volt power outlets.

You can be secure in the knowledge that the Porsche Boxster features the latest in anti theft protection, interior and exterior, including immobilizer chip technology.

The standard Boxster audio system includes AM/FM radio and CD with four speakers. For $3,430, you can add an entertainment and sound package with XM radio and enhanced navigation or you might want to consider a BOSE system upgrade!

What Porsche Boxster option packages are available?

Porsche offers a large number of optional equipment packages for Boxster owners. Luxury interior packages can be added for as little as $2,250. Exterior paint and sport packages begin at just $4,100. A complete design sports package is available from the Boxster factory for just $8,100.

What is the Boxster Warranty?

The Porsche warranty is similar to that of BMW, featuring basic coverage of four years and 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. The Porsche drivetrain is covered under the same terms, as is the Porsche roadside assistance program.

Only rust protection lasts longer, as the Boxster is covered by a 10-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Items subject to replacement due to normal wear and tear are not covered by the Porsche warranties. These are items such as windshield wiper blades and air and oil filters. Items such as tires and batteries will generally be covered by their separate manufacturer warranties.