Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Porsche BOXSTER VS 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 Porsche BOXSTER

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2013 Chevrolet Corvette

Safety Comparison

The Boxster offers optional parking sensors to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of their vehicle. The Corvette doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

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

Warranty Comparison

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

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 engines in the Corvette.

The battery on the Boxster is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Boxster’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Corvette’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 15th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Boxster gets better fuel mileage than the Corvette:



2.7 6 cyl./Manual

20 city/30 hwy

16 city/26 hwy

Base V8

3.4 6 cyl./Manual

20 city/28 hwy

15 city/24 hwy


2.7 6 cyl./Auto

22 city/32 hwy

15 city/25 hwy

Base V8

3.4 6 cyl./Auto

21 city/30 hwy


Regenerative brakes improve the Boxster’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Corvette doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Boxster’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Corvette doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Boxster has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Corvette doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Boxster stops much shorter than the Corvette:



80 to 0 MPH

201 feet

221 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Boxster offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Corvette’s largest wheels are only 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the Boxster uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Corvette, which uses transverse leafs springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Boxster S handles at .99 G’s, while the Corvette Convertible pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Boxster S goes through Road & Track’s slalom 1.7 MPH faster than the Corvette Convertible (69.4 vs. 67.7 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the Boxster’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (36 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Porsche Boxster may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Chevrolet Corvette.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Boxster w/Sport Chrono has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount and conventional liquid-filled engine mounts (standard liquid front mount on other versions of the Boxster). A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Corvette uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Boxster has a much larger trunk than the Corvette Convertible with its top down (9.9 vs. 7.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Boxster’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Corvette’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the Boxster the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Corvette can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case of a sudden change of weather, the Boxster has a standard remote convertible top which can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. The Corvette doesn’t offer a remote top, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on (with available power top) and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

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

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Boxster to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Corvette doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Boxster offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Corvette doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the Boxster with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Corvette’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Boxster’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Corvette doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

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

Optional Online Services for the Boxster allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Corvette doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Boxster’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Corvette’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Boxster, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Corvette.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Boxster will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Boxster will retain 42% to 43% of its original price after four years, while the Corvette only retains 36% to 41%.

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