2013 Porsche Panamera Safety

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Neither the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) nor the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) have crash-tested the Panamera. It's not out of the ordinary for expensive luxury cars to be left out of testing.

Despite the lack of official data, Porsche's proven chassis engineering, together with the strong base safety equipment of the Panamera, should inspire confidence in safety-conscious buyers. Dual front, side, knee, and side-curtain airbags, and an active pop-up hood for pedestrian protection are all standard. Rear-seat side airbags are available.

Active safety features in the Panamera might come up a bit short of the Mercedes-Benz S Class or BMW 7-Series, but still offer Porsche's advanced traction and stability control systems, a rear-view camera, and hill-start control.

The 2013 Porsche Panamera's strong set of standard and available safety features should give confidence to safety-conscious buyers.

Available or standard all-wheel drive also improves safety in adverse road conditions, while Porsche's Torque Vectoring system can help keep the car on its intended path even when grip is low--or during emergency maneuvers.

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