September 21, 2005

Consumer Reports rates Porsche Boxster top upscale roadster

Yonkers, New York – The Porsche Boxster outscored six competitors to be named Consumer Reports’ new top-rated upscale roadster, following new-car testing for the October issue.

The Boxster, which was partially redesigned for 2005, achieved an overall “Excellent” score at tests conducted by Consumer Reports. The Mercedes-Benz SLK, Chevrolet Corvette, Nissan 350Z, Honda S2000 and BMW Z4 also rated “Excellent”, but with somewhat lower scores than the Boxster; the Lotus Elise achieved a “Good” score.

Despite its top rating, the Porsche Boxster still doesn’t make Consumer Reports’ “recommended” rating, due to insufficient reliability data on it. Of the group, Consumer Reports recommends only the Nissan 350Z, Honda S2000 and BMW Z4. The consumer magazine also reports insufficient data on the Chevrolet Corvette and Lotus Elise, and says that the Audi TT has been “unreliable”. The magazine will only recommend vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on its subscriber surveys, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

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