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What Makes the 2020 Porsche Boxster the Top Rated Sports Car for Consumer Reports

The 2020 Porsche Boxster is one of the most aggressively looking variations of the car yet. It has all of the racing heritage of Porsche and while it isn’t the most affordable sports car it is one of the more cost-effective options in the manufacturer’s lineup. Starting at a base model price of around $59,600 it doesn’t exactly make the cut-off for budget-friendly sports cars — which is around $30,000 — but according to its ratings on Consumer Reports as the #1 car amongst roadsters for 2020, it’s definitely worth a test drive.

The Porsche Boxster offers excellent handling

Porsche hasn’t just mastered aggressive styling, it has the performance and handling to match. The Boxster features all of the luxuries of other Porsche models, with a tasteful and well-designed interior clad in high-quality materials and leathers, you’ll feel more than comfortable sitting down into the driver-oriented front seat. With the music turned down low the beautiful exhaust notes gently hum, and you’ll enjoy the Boxster from the very first test drive to years into ownership.

2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place
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The acceleration of the Boxster is incredibly responsive, and provides a 0 – 60mph time of a reported 4.4 seconds. The steering is tight enough that simple adjusting the steering wheel will move the car dramatically, and the mid-engine improves the car’s weight distribution for excellent handling around corners. While some drivers might complain about the stiff suspension, the suspension does let the car handle like a true performance-oriented sports car.

No longer the ‘poor mans Porsche’

For years the Porsche Boxster has driven in the shadow of the Porsche 911 and Porsche Cayman, but the 2020 model year has stepped into a role of its own. While you can still buy older used Porsche Boxsters for a bargain price, the newer model year isn’t so budget-friendly. Porsche made no sacrifices to luxury or performance when it comes to this year’s Boxster, meaning it can hold it’s own against the ever-popular Cayman.

2020 Porsche Boxster | Porsche

While the 2020 Porsche Boxster isn’t the most affordable option for a sports car, it isn’t the most unattainable either. For many years the Boxster was referred to as the ‘poor mans Porsche’ but over the past generation, they have quickly become one of the most striking options. The convertible top changes this car from a great daily driver with plenty of trunk space and comfort to a sporty and relaxing weekend roadster with the press of a button.

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If the new 2020 Porsche Boxster isn’t in your budget, the older model years are more affordable. They offer just as much style and handling, and even the almost-antique models have a lot to offer. The newest Boxster sets the stage for a new reputation for the car, where it ditches the ‘poor man’s Porsche’ title and takes on a role as simply a sporty and fun roadster.