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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash tested the 2014 Porsche 911.
It's common for expensive sports cars to miss out on official crash testing, but the 2014 Porsche 911 packs a complement of standard and available electronic safety features to help assuage worried shoppers.
In 2013, Porsche added a standard (on PDK-equipped models) adaptive cruise control system that uses front-looking radar to maintain distance from traffic. Even when not in use, the radar can spot road obstacles or other hazards and prime the braking system to improve stopping distances.
Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is the brand's name for its stability and traction control systems, which can vary their level of assistance depending on the driving mode chosen, though all levels function to help keep the car pointed along the path the driver intends.
Porsche Side Impact Protection (POSIP) adds thorax airbags, an upward-inflating airbag in the door panel, and reinforcements in the doors to help minimize injury in a side-impact situation.
The 911's innate handling and braking capability also help drivers avoid road obstacles or other cars, and with optional ceramic composite brakes, the high-speed stopping ability of the 2014 Porsche 911 is excellent.
Even without crash scores, the 2014 Porsche 911 promises good safety thanks to electronic safety nets and quality engineering.