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safety junkies will appreciate such technologies as a dynamic Bi-Xenon light system, lane-change assist (aka, blind-spot monitor), and adaptive cruise control.
thick A-pillars allow the Cayenne to pass the NHTSA's new roof-crush standards, yet they also hamper forward visibility, particularly when making left-hand turns
With the Cayenne’s high nose and the machine jacked up, we couldn’t see what was directly in front, especially when cresting a grade.
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The Cayenne hasn't been crash-tested by either of the U.S. agencies, due to its relative niche status compared to other crossovers—and its very high price tag. Yet there are plenty of assurances built into this Porsche's feature list.
Standard items include anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, a full complement of airbags; pay a little more and you can get active-safety options like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Change Assistant, and dynamic lighting.
Out on the trail, hill descent control and speed-set control help keep it safe; and whether on- or off-road, the Cayenne's especially capable handling may also prove a safety asset, helping to avoid obstacles and accidents.
You'll find plenty of reassurance from the active and passive features in the 2014 Cayenne—even in the absence of crash-test results.