EPA finally gets around testing the 2013 Porsche Boxster and announcing its official ratings. They’ve only done the normal 2.7 liter Boxster for now, the more powerful and more popular Boxster S is yet to be rated. The 260 hp 2.7 liter flat-six engine in the entry-level Boxster seems to offer a good compromise between power and efficiency.
Ratings are pretty good for a sports car. The Boxster has been tested with both the advanced PDK automatic transmission and the manual gearbox. The modern auto is more economical than the manual, with records of 22 city/ 32 highway/ 26 combined. The manual meanwhile does 20 city/ 30 highway/ and 24 combined.
It’s not that big a difference and will only cost you an extra $200 in fuel every year. But the PDK is a $3,200 option. So you’re better off with the manual. It’s more fun to drive anyway.
2013 Porsche Boxster starts at $49,500.