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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
top-up visibility is severely limited to the corners and aft
in addition to frontal airbags, the Boxster has side-impact torso airbags in the seat backrests
The Boxster hasn't been subjected to crash testing by either the IIHS or NHTSA, but fatality and injury statistics from accident data show Porsche drivers have historically fared well in accidents or managed to avoid them altogether.
Safety equipment is abundant, with standard anti-lock brakes and stability control, plus front, side, and head-protecting side-impact airbags mounted in the door window sills.
Kelley Blue Book reviewers are most impressed with the Porsche Stability Management System, which doesn't "interfere with your fun during aggressive driving" but does boost safety and confidence with its ability to "bail you out when the fun stops." Edmunds reviewers also praise the 2010 Boxster's inclusion of "antilock disc brakes" and "dual thorax/head side-impact airbags and roll-over safety bars" as standard safety features.
Despite a great connection with the road when the top is down, "top-up visibility is severely limited to the corners and aft" says ConsumerGuide. Edmunds, however, points out that the available "park assist" feature on the Porsche Boxster can help a lot with this, especially in close quarters such as parking lots.
The 2010 Porsche Boxster offers lots of excellent safety features despite the lack of a verified safety rating.