Avg. Price Paid:$32,606 - $46,487
Original MSRP: $48,100 - $61,800
MPG: 19 City / 27 Hwy
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2011 Porsche Boxster Interior

This interior review was written when the 2011 Porsche Boxster was new.

With the introduction of the 2011 Boxster Spyder, Porsche can accommodate performance enthusiasts who want the most agile Boxster available and those who want a fast car with all the amenities. Get the Spyder if you want omit all the fluff and make your Boxster as fast as possible. Get the base or S model if you like speed and comfort.

  • “What You Lose [on the Spyder]: Air-conditioning (it can be added back in for extra charge), power seats (if you are both lame and dull, you can order standard Boxster S seats at no cost, but there is really no reason, as the Spyder's carbon shells are supportive, comfortable, and fit fat people), a radio (like the seats, free if you want it), and cupholders (ditto)." -- Jalopnik
  • "Even with the top up, you hear more of the flat-six than you do in a stock Boxster, and it sounds really really good, especially when you're accelerating up to 100 mph. At that speed you also get a lot of wind noise. So, it's not a freeway car; it's a very special-purpose track-day special, and there ain't nothing wrong with that. I don't perceive a huge performance difference, but what the hell. It's something different." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Spyder's interior is more Spartan than the S's. In addition to the missing radio and cupholders, door handles are replaced by weight-saving nylon slings. The instruments have black faces, and the hood over the main instrument cluster has been eliminated to save weight. The top has a retro snap-on rear window that can be removed to get a breeze going." -- BusinessWeek
  • "The deep bucket seats were very comfortable over a 200-mile trip even though they were only adjustable fore and aft. Yet my 6' tall frame was comfortable in this car in seconds with plenty of room all around. They can be a bit of a challenge to get in and out of but you will build up certain muscles doing it." -- MarketWatch
  • "Standard are the new carbon-fiber-backed sports seats that reduce weight by 26 pounds and add a healthy dose of bolstering, which nicely snugs up the seats but does make ingress and egress a challenge. Customers can opt for normal seats at no cost." -- Car and Driver
  • "Sport seats with snug bolstering and carbon fiber seatbacks are standard in the Spyder. They're exceptionally comfortable for some, aggressively snug for many, and could use a few more degrees of seatback angle adjustment." -- Autoblog
  • "Comfort and convenience accommodations for you and your lone passenger are minimal, to say the least." -- Cars.com
  • "If comfort in daily driving is your priority, the S is a better bet." -- BusinessWeek


The 2011 Boxster isn’t the most comfortable car in the world, but that’s expected because it’s a car that prioritizes performance, not interior amenities. That said, auto writers are pretty impressed with the amount of room and comfort this two-seater has. It’s even comfortable for drivers taller than six feet.

Porsche gave the Spyder standard carbon-fiber backed sport seats that reduce the car’s weight by 26 pounds. Buyers, however, can get normal seats at no additional cost.

To see more about the Boxster's seats, check out our Boxster video.

  • "Comfort is commendable considering the Spyder's focus on performance." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

With the three Boxster models on the market this year, you can choose a Boxster with a lot of standard features or a barebones track machine.  For a better balance of comfort and performance, buyers should look at the base or S model. They come with power windows, remote central locking, air conditioning, a radio and leather-appointed steering wheel, gear and hand brake levers. In the past, reviewers noted minor issues with its audio system, but most find those issues negligible. Besides, no one ever bought a Porsche for the stereo.

Optional on the base and S model are ParkAssist, Bluetooth connectivity, a Bose surround sound system, XM Radio and navigation. Electronic logbook is an interesting feature that automatically records mileage, route distance, time and date, starting point and destination. Then you can evaluate this data at home by uploading it to your computer via Bluetooth or the optional USB interface. Shoppers who get all these features will pay $56,335 for the base model.

Ironically, the Boxster Spyder is more expensive but it has fewer standard features. If you want air conditioning you’ll have to pay extra, but Porsche will reinstall the radio for free. When you tack on these basics, the Spyder will cost $64,610. If you get the Spyder, don’t bother with features. Porsche dropped as many as possible to increase performance.  Porsche even replaced the inner door handles with red pull straps. 

For more about the Boxster's interior features, be sure to watch our Boxster video.

  • "Like the exterior, the [Spyder’s] interior is purged and reworked, and, as with all Porsches, it can be customized to each owner’s request." -- Car and Driver
  • "There is an irony to Porsche charging you extra to add back some of the things you've already paid to have removed. Air conditioning, for instance, is stripped out of the standard Boxster Spyder, though Porsche will gladly charge you $1,760 for automatic climate control. " -- Autoblog
  • "The leather-wrapped steering wheel was worth noting, in that there wasn't a single button on it. Hurray!" -- MarketWatch
  • "This is surely an instance where less really is more." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “…the Spyder's cabin is essentially identical to the Boxster, balancing between classy and racy with top-notch materials that have been expertly assembled." -- Edmunds


The Porsche Boxster has two cargo holds -- one in the front and one in the rear. Together, they have a fair amount of cargo room -- 9.9 cubic feet when both cargo areas are combined -- but it’s still only enough room for luggage for two.

To see how the Boxster handles cargo, take a look at our Boxster video.

  • "Careful packing takes good advantage of the front and rear cargo bays for more luggage-carrying possibilities than in many two-seaters. No volume is lost when the roof is lowered.  ... Cabin storage space is very limited, but there are clever cubbies hidden inside the door armrests." -- Consumer Guide
  • [On Boxster Spyder] "Cargo space is also identical to the regular Boxster, with small trunks in the nose and tail of the car, measuring 9.9 cubic feet combined, enough for a weekend's worth of luggage for two, but golf clubs will likely have to stay at home." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 8/9/12

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