If you're looking for the best weekend sports car, the 2013 Porsche Boxster may possibly be the best option on the market today. Personally, I think the Porsche Boxster has always been the best sports car due mainly to it's mid-engine layout, but luckily used examples are now down to a price where most people can afford them for a weekend driver.
2013 Porsche Boxster Overview
When you're looking for a weekend sports car, driving experience is usually at the top of the list. That's why we're starting here. If I could condense the driving experience of the 2013 Porsche Boxster into one word, it would be exceptional. No other car I've driven handles quite like the Boxster, and very few cars feel as nimble and as sharp. In fact, I'd go as far to say that the 2013 Porsche Boxster is one of the best handling cars I've had the pleasure of getting to review simply because of how well it actually handles.
Aside from the great handing, the Porsche Boxster feels like a fun car even to just sit at a stop light and idle. I've only driven a few cars that look and feel just as good sitting still as they do moving, and the Boxster is certainly one of them. The Boxster makes you feel like you're much wealthier than you actually are, and even though the 2013 MY is still far from “cheap,” it's still far cheaper than a 2013 Porsche 911. Luckily, when you're driving the Boxster, you forget the 911 even exists… until one pulls up next to you.
Now let's talk about the elephant in the room – power. The Porsche Boxster is far from “powerful,” especially in the sense of horsepower. Unfortunately, people like to focus too much on the amount of horsepower a car has rather than how the car actually handles the power. While the Boxster may only have a 2.7L flat 6 engine, it handles the power it has much better than the 911. The Boxster is easy to tame, and because of that, it's easier to drive enthusiastically.
If you're looking for a vehicle with the best straight-line speed, look away. The Boxster isn't known for it's 0-60 times. Even though it'll still impress and pass most people on the road, once something even slightly more powerful comes up next to you, you're done with. Get to the back roads with sharp corners, though, and very few cars will be able to match the amount of fun that you can have.
I personally prefer the mid-engine layout that the Boxster and Cayman offer over the 911. While they may be down on power, there's nothing quite like having a mid-engine sports car blasting around corners. I heard the owner of this Boxster we reviewed talking about how a much more powerful Mustang GT pulled up next asking to race. The Porsche owner's response? “Why? Win or lose, I'll still be the one in the Porsche.” That alone sums up the experience of driving the Boxster. It's not about getting there quicker. It's about arriving in style and feeling good.
The interior of the 2013 Porsche Boxster is a magnificent place to be. While it may be small, it's very comfortable until you need a cup holder. The interior is certainly where you'll want to spend most of your time, even though the outside is absolutely stunning. I've never driven a car that felt so well put together on the interior, and I'm still blown away with the quality of the materials Porsche used in their cheapest sports car. The overall experience of the interior made the car feel like it's closer to $100,000 in value rather than a mere $50,000. The Boxster's interior is unmatched by competition like the BMW 4 Series.
It may seem silly, but my favorite feature of the 2013 Porsche Boxster is actually something that has been on Porsche models for years now – the user controlled spoiler. I LOVE being able to control the height of the spoiler in the Boxster, and being able to look back and see your Porsche raising it's spoiler is a VERY empowering feeling. After all, that's what the Porsche Boxster is all about – feeling good. You know there are faster cars. You know there are cars for better value, but you don't care a bit when driving.
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To be completely honest, I think that the 2013 Porsche Boxster is a fantastic car. The driving experience is unmatched, and the overall design of the car is one of the best that Porsche have had in a long time. I love that the 2013 model has daytime running lamps that aren't the laziest designed 4 dots the new ones offer. Would I own one, though? Probably not. While I love how the Boxster handles, I wouldn't necessarily own one due to the lack of power. On top of that, every time a 911 pulled up next to me, I would feel like I should have bought the 911 even though I don't like it as much as the Boxster.
My feelings are mixed about the Boxster. It's a perfect car, but it's almost too perfect. There's a lack of soul and character that the Boxster has, and maybe after more than a few hours, it would come alive. But with the time I had with it, it didn't really give me the feelings I want when driving a car worth $50k to $60k.