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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
the prominent roof pillars can block sightlines to the sides or rear
Kelley Blue Book
the intervention threshold of the stability-control system is commendably high
Car and Driver
available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, and side airbags
Safety features are similarly abundant, with dual side and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, and Porsche Stability Management system, a performance-tuned stability control system. The Cayman S can also be fitted with ceramic composite brakes for superior fade resistance, and all models can opt for an upgrade to dynamic cornering lights to help see what's coming when the road ahead isn't straight. Crash testing hasn't been conducted by either the Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), however, so there are no official ratings for the 2010 Porsche Cayman or Cayman S.
Despite the lack of testing, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com reveal much praise for the 2010 Cayman's standard safety features. 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." The side impact airbags are of a rather atypical design, as Cars.com notes that the Cayman's airbags don't deploy from the roof or A-pillar; instead "the Cayman S' curtain airbags are installed in the doors, like the Boxster roadster, and inflate upward."
Outward visibility can be counted as poor and one of the few drawbacks of the Cayman's design. Autoblog cites the "low stance" as the problem, but Kelley Blue Book says "the prominent roof pillars can block sightlines to the sides or rear." Fortunately, a rear-obstacle detection system is available to help improve rearward visibility in the 2010 Porsche Cayman.
The 2010 Porsche Cayman has good safety features, but visibility can be a problem-and no safety ratings are available.