2009 Porsche Cayenne Safety

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Safety

Editors at TheCarConnection.com like the safety features on the 2009 Porsche Cayenne—but the vehicle hasn't been crash-tested.

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.

The 2009 Porsche Cayenne hasn't been crash tested, but it offers every safety feature one might expect.

The 2009 Porsche Cayenne comes standard with a wide array of safety features. 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." Edmunds reviewers report "antilock disc brakes are standard" on all Porsche 2009 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. 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.

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 it can include a "rearview camera," though this feature "requires [the] navigation system." From the driver's seat of the Porsche 2009 Cayenne, ForbesAutos reviewers are pleased to find "a high seating position with a commanding view of the road."

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