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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
the prominent roof pillars can block sightlines to the sides or rear
Kelley Blue Book
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
Experts at TheCarConnection.com are without a net when it comes to rating the safety of the 2009 Porsche Cayman. The safety features are present, but there are no crash-test ratings to back up any claims.
Like most Porsches, the 2009 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 high approval levels for the standard safety features on the 2009 Porsche Cayman. Car and Driver is particularly impressed with the operation of the vehicle's stability control, finding that "the intervention threshold of the stability-control system is commendably high." 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."
One of the few drawbacks to the Cayman is the fact that driver visibility is compromised in some directions. Reviewers at Autoblog notice some visibility issues when driving on the freeway in the 2009 Porsche Cayman, with the "low stance minimizing visibility." 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." A "rear-obstacle-detection system" is available as an optional feature to help improve driver awareness from within the 2009 Porsche Cayman.
The 2009 Porsche Cayman has good safety features, but visibility can be a problem—and there aren't any safety ratings available.