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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Cayman comes standard with antilock disc brakes
Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, and side airbags
The intervention threshold of the stability-control system is commendably high
Car and Driver
When it comes to safety on the 2008 Porsche Cayman, there is little in the way of objective safety measures to report. Like most Porsches, the 2008 Porsche Cayman has not been crash tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
However, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show a high level of approval for the standard safety features on the 2008 Porsche Cayman. Edmunds reviewers report that in the Cayman, Porsche offers standard "antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control and torso- and head-protecting side-impact airbags." The side impact airbags are of a rather atypical design, as Cars.com notes that "unlike most cars that have side curtain airbags mounted in the roof, the Cayman S' curtain airbags are installed in the doors, like the Boxster roadster, and inflate upward." Among the various safety features, the stability control receives the most attention in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. Car and Driver is particularly impressed with its operation, finding that "the intervention threshold of the stability-control system is commendably high."
One of the few drawbacks to the Cayman is the fact that driver visibility is compromised in some directions. Kelley Blue Book lists this fact as "the only real shortcoming" of the Cayman Porsche, and says "the prominent roof pillars can block sightlines to the sides or rear." Reviewers at Autoblog notice some visibility issues when driving on the freeway, with the "low stance minimizing visibility." For an overall impression, ConsumerGuide concludes "visibility fore and aft is excellent, but the view to the rear corners is compromised by excessively thick roof pillars." They also report that a "rear-obstacle-detection system" is available as an optional feature to help improve driver awareness from within the 2008 Porsche Cayman.
While no crash tests have been conducted, the 2008 Porsche Cayman has extensive safety features, with slightly reduced visibility.