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safety junkies will appreciate such technologies as a dynamic Bi-Xenon light system, lane-change assist (aka, blind-spot monitor), and adaptive cruise control.
thick A-pillars allow the Cayenne to pass the NHTSA's new roof-crush standards, yet they also hamper forward visibility, particularly when making left-hand turns
With the Cayenne’s high nose and the machine jacked up, we couldn’t see what was directly in front, especially when cresting a grade.
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The 2011 Porsche Cayenne hasn't been tested by either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—and due to its relatively low sales volume, in the scope of the entire auto market, it likely won't be tested.
In addition to the performance-oriented systems that make it a more responsive, capable handling vehicle compared to most other SUVs, as well as a competitive, full roster of airbags, Porsche offers several high-tech safety systems, including a dynamic light system, Lane Change Assistant, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Also, for slick surfaces or when off-roading, the Cayenne includes a traction management system that will control speed downhill; you can even set a speed with a simple tap of the brake pedal.
Factor in the excellent poise and handling response of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne, and it has excellent accident avoidance abilities for a vehicle of its size and mass.
Though we can't be completely sure the Cayenne provides class-leading occupant protection, for accident avoidance this quick, stable handler, assisted by a host of extra tech features, is tough to beat.