2020 Porsche 718 Boxster vs. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette

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Safety

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The 718 Boxster PDK offers optional Porsche Active Safe, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Corvette doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The 718 Boxster’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Corvette doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the 718 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The 718 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 718 Boxster’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Corvette’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the 718 Boxster have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Corvette.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 718 Boxster’s reliability 49 points higher than the Corvette.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 25th.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the 718 Spyder 4.0 is faster than the Corvette Z51 (manual transmissions tested):

718 Boxster

Corvette

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.8 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.1 sec

12.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

118 MPH

116 MPH

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 718 Boxster lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The Corvette doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

718 Boxster

RWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

S 2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

S 2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

Corvette

Manual

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/25 hwy

Z06 6.2 supercharged V8

15 city/22 hwy

ZR1 6.2 supercharged V8

13 city/19 hwy

Auto

6.2 OHV V8

15 city/25 hwy

Z06 6.2 supercharged V8

14 city/23 hwy

ZR1 6.2 supercharged V8

12 city/20 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the 718 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 718 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.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Porsche 718 Boxster higher (3 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Corvette (1). This means the 718 Boxster produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Corvette every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The 718 Boxster offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Corvette doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Boxster

Boxster opt.

Spyder

Spyder opt.

Corvette

Corvette Z51

Corvette Z06

Corvette ZR1

Front Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

15 inches

16.1 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.6 inches

15.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13.8 inches

15 inches

15.4 inches

13.3 inches

13.3 inches

14.4 inches

15.3 inches

The 718 Boxster stops shorter than the Corvette:

718 Boxster

Corvette

70 to 0 MPH

143 feet

149 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

98 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

119 feet

121 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 718 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

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The front and rear suspension of the 718 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 718 Boxster handles at 1.06 G’s, while the Corvette Stingray Convertible pulls only 1.00 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the 718 Boxster’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The 718 Spyder’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (37.5 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Porsche 718 Boxster may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the Chevrolet Corvette.

The 718 Boxster is 4.5 inches shorter than the Corvette, making the 718 Boxster easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 718 Boxster is 5.3 inches narrower on average than the Corvette, making the 718 Boxster easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 718 Boxster is quieter than the Corvette Stingray Convertible:

718 Boxster

Corvette

At idle

52 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

84 dB

90 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

73 dB

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the 718 Boxster’s available trunk can be opened just by holding your hand near the emblem on the trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The Corvette doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 48% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Ergonomics

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In case of a sudden change of weather, the 718 Boxster has a standard remote convertible top that can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. The Corvette’s top can only be opened by remote, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

The 718 Boxster’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Corvette’s manually variable 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 718 Boxster offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Corvette doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the 718 Boxster detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Corvette doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the 718 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.

The 718 Boxster’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Corvette’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

On extremely cold winter days, the 718 Boxster’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Corvette doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the 718 Boxster PDK offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Corvette doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

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The 718 Boxster will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 718 Boxster will retain 57.09% to 60.51% of its original price after five years, while the Corvette only retains 46.19% to 55.43%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Porsche 718 Boxster will be $4227 to $48986 less than for the Chevrolet Corvette.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Porsche 718 Boxster, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Corvette isn't recommended.

The Boxster was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 15 of the last 16 years. The Corvette hasn’t been picked since 2019.

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