Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2005 Porsche BOXSTER VS 2005 Chevrolet Corvette Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2005 Porsche BOXSTER

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette

Safety Comparison

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The Boxster has standard head airbag curtains which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and passenger’s upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. Head airbags cost extra in the Corvette.

The Boxster offers an optional backup radar to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The Corvette doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the Boxster and the Corvette have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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The Boxster comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Corvette’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Boxster’s corrosion warranty is 4 years and unlimited miles longer than the Corvette’s (10/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Boxster have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Corvette.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics which show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 11th.

Engine Comparison

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The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the Boxster lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The Corvette doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Boxster S’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Corvette:

Boxster S

Corvette

Corvette Z51

Front Rotors

13.78 inches

12.8 inches

13.4 inches

The Boxster stops much shorter than the Corvette:

Boxster

Corvette

80 to 0 MPH

187 feet

204 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

119 feet

Road & Track

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Boxster S handles at 1.00 G’s, while the Corvette Convertible pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche Boxster may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 300 pounds less than the Chevrolet Corvette.

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the Boxster S is quieter than the Corvette Convertible:

Boxster

Corvette

At idle

56 dB

57 dB

Full-Throttle

79 dB

86 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Boxster has a much larger trunk than the Corvette Convertible with its top up (9.9 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Boxster’s front power windows raise and lower automatically with one touch, especially convenient at tollbooths or drive-up windows. The power windows on the Corvette don’t raise automatically.

The Boxster’s optional rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Corvette’s intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Boxster offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Corvette doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Boxster’s standard separate stalk mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Corvette’s cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Boxster offers optional steering wheel controls for the radio. The Corvette doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

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