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Front and rear park assist are standard on the Turbo
Active antiroll bars are now available on air-suspended models
Available safety features include ABS, traction control, an antiskid system with rollover sensors
Those interested in the latest crash-test ratings for the 2008 Porsche Cayenne will be disappointed to learn that neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested the Porsche Cayenne, most likely due to the prohibitive costs associated with wrecking an SUV that can cost more than $100,000. Aside from the lack of crash-test data, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the 2008 Porsche Cayenne impresses with its safety features and commanding visibility.
The 2008 Porsche Cayenne comes standard with a wide array of safety features. Edmunds reviewers report "antilock disc brakes are standard" on all Porsche 2008 Cayenne models, "as are front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags." To that list, Cars.com adds "an electronic stability system" comes standard on each and every Porsche Cayenne. Kelley Blue Book notes that "Porsche Stability Management (PSM)" is standard; it "guards against rollover and increases the effectiveness of the brakes on loose and slippery surfaces." The only difference in standard safety features among the trim levels is that the Porsche Cayenne Turbo gets a "front- and rear-obstacle-detection system," according to ConsumerGuide.
From the driver's seat of the Porsche 2008 Cayenne, ForbesAutos reviewers are pleased to find "a high seating position with a commanding view of the road." Other reviews read by TheCarConnection.com similarly laud the visibility afforded by the Porsche Cayenne. As mentioned earlier, an obstacle detection system is standard on the Turbo and available on the other trims to aid overall visibility and driver awareness, and ConsumerGuide mentions that it can include a "rearview camera," though this feature "requires [the] navigation system."
The 2008 Porsche Cayenne has airbags aplenty and offers excellent visibility.