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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
the prominent roof pillars can block sightlines to the sides or rear
Kelley Blue Book
the intervention threshold of the stability-control system is commendably high
Car and Driver
available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, and side airbags
With all its standard safety gear, the 2011 Porsche Cayman gets credit for protecting passengers in an accident. It hasn't been crash-tested yet, though.
Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has put the Cayman through their sled tests. It's more likely that the Cayman's high price and its limited sales are the reason, not the reshuffling of the criteria by both agencies for the new model year.
Safety features are abundant in the Cayman: it has dual side and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control with performance tuning that allows some wheelspin in sporty driving. The Cayman S can also be ordered with ceramic composite brakes, which have better fade resistance, and all models can opt for an upgrade to dynamic cornering lights to help see what's coming when the road ahead isn't straight.
Visibility can be an issue in the Cayman. Available parking sensors mitigate the lack of clear sightlines to its rear corners, but a rearview camera is not available.
No safety ratings are available, and visibility is an issue, but the 2011 Porsche Cayman gets credit for plenty of safety gear.