2020 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Porsche 718 Boxster

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To help make backing safer, the Camaro’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Camaro and the 718 Boxster have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Porsche covers the 718 Boxster. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 718 Boxster ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 16 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Camaro has a standard 700-amp battery. The 718 Boxster’s 450-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Engine

The Camaro has more powerful engines than the 718 Boxster:

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

275 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Camaro 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

Camaro LT1/SS 6.2 V8

455 HP

455 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

718 Boxster 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

718 Boxster S 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

350 HP

309 lbs.-ft.

718 Boxster GTS 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

365 HP

309 lbs.-ft.

718 Boxster GTS 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

365 HP

317 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Road and Track the Camaro LT1/SS is faster than the 718 Boxster S (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

718 Boxster

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.2 sec

7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

115.9 MPH

111.4 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the Porsche 718 Boxster (base engine) (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

718 Boxster

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

4.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.9 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

13 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

124 MPH

110 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the 718 Boxster S (automatics tested):

Camaro

718 Boxster

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.2 sec

6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.4 sec

9.3 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

1.4 sec

1.9 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

12.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125 MPH

112.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camaro gets better fuel mileage than the 718 Boxster:

MPG

Camaro

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/30 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

718 Boxster

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

S 2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

GTS 2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

19 city/25 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

S 2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

GTS 2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The 718 Boxster requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the 718 Boxster’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 14.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Camaro has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the 718 Boxster’s optional fuel tank (19 vs. 16.9 gallons).

The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the 718 Boxster.

The Chevrolet Camaro SS/ZL1 manual has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camaro ZL1’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 718 Boxster:

Camaro ZL1

718 Boxster

718 Boxster

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

11.8 inches

13.8 inches

The Camaro stops shorter than the 718 Boxster:

Camaro

718 Boxster

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

146 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

112 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the 718 Boxster (245/50R18 vs. 235/45R18). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 718 Boxster (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:305/30R20).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 718 Boxster’s optional 35 series front tires.

The Camaro has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 13.3 inches longer than on the 718 Boxster (110.7 inches vs. 97.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 3.5 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 718 Boxster.

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Camaro SS Convertible is quieter than the 718 Boxster S:

Camaro

718 Boxster

At idle

48 dB

54 dB

Full-Throttle

85 dB

88 dB

70 MPH Cruising

73 dB

75 dB

Passenger Space

The Camaro has standard seating for 4 passengers; the 718 Boxster can only carry 2.

The Camaro Convertible has 36 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 718 Boxster (85 vs. 49).

Ergonomics

The Camaro Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camaro offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Camaro has standard extendable sun visors. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Camaro’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The 718 Boxster’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Model Availability

The Chevrolet Camaro comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Porsche 718 Boxster isn’t available as a coupe.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 718 Boxster isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The 718 Boxster has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Porsche Boxster by over 24 to one during 2018.

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