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2021 Porsche Cayenne: NHTSA and IIHS Ratings, and Safety Features

Updated on: September 4, 2020

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Pavithran M

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The Federal agency coming under the Department of Transportation is the NHTSA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA uses a 5-star rating system to evaluate the safety features of a particular vehicle which are examined by their crash tests. The tests will be conducted based on 3 sub-sections like Frontal Crash, Side Crash, and Rollover Crash. The combined result of these three ratings will be reported as the overall rating which is the final rating to determine the level of safety a vehicle posses.
Overall Rating Not Rated
Overall Front Star Rating Not Rated
Front Driver Side Not Rated
Front Passenger Side Not Rated
Overall Side Star Rating Not Rated
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings(Front Seat) Not Rated
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings(Rear Seat) Not Rated
Side Barrier Driver Not Rated
Side Barrier Rear Passenger Not Rated
Overall Side Pole Star Rating Not Rated
Rollover Star Rating Not Rated
Overall Side Barrier Not Rated
As an independent organization, the IIHS - The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs a number of crash tests similar to the NHTSA. They provide their safety ratings on the basis of awards, the top-notch vehicle will get an award of “Top Safety Pick Plus’ and followed by “Top Safety Pick”, which are also calculated based on different sections, the detailed report of the Porsche Cayenne’s results are given below:
Small Overlap Front(Driver) Not Rated
Small Overlap Front(Passenger) Not Rated
Moderate Overlap Front Not Rated
Side Not Rated
Roof Strength Not Rated
Head Restraints and Seats Not Rated
Headlights Not Rated
Front Crash Prevention Not Rated
Latch Ease of Use Not Rated

Safety of a vehicle and its occupants is more important no matter what type of vehicle it is, and Porsche handles it very well with its modern safety features. Instead of protecting its customers during collisions, Porsche also implemented many features that could prevent the collision. Cayenne is one of the safest models that the Porsche has ever created, it also got awarded as Safest model of the Year couple of times by a few of the infamous organizations. With good quality comes tough competition, the 2021 Porsche Cayenne fights against its homeland competitors and the neighbors like Audi Q8, BMW X5, and Maserati Levante. Priced from $66,800 to $84,300, the Cayenne comes with some of the leading safety features in the market. 

Is there any perfect resource to rely on for factual results? Yes, there are two organizations that can be relied upon in checking the safety of any particular model. One is the NHTSA - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a government organization reporting on the safety of every vehicle based on a five-star rating system. The IIHS - The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent organization renowned for its genuine report on safety based on the various safety tests that they conduct.

What standout safety features make the 2021 Porsche Cayenne safe?

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne comes with both active and passive safety features including the Front-impact airbags for the driver and passenger, Side impact airbags for the front and rear seats, Overhead airbags, Knee airbags, Pretensioners - Seatbelt pretensioners automatically tighten seatbelts to place the occupant in the optimal seating position during a collision. Cayenne is also equipped with a means of anticipating and/or detecting unwanted vehicle intrusion. The vehicle is equipped with ignition to disable devices that will prevent the engine from starting if the correct original manufacturer key is not used. 

The 2021 Cayenne also supports night vision with an optional infrared camera. Some juicy features, however, have been reserved for the optional list that gives you exclusivity and the luxury to handpick each and every feature of your vehicle. This optional list includes the following:

  • Park Assist with reversing camera and Surround View - Porsche supports the driver of the new Cayenne in day-to-day driving with a three-level system of parking assistance systems. The standard front and rear Park Assist provides visual and acoustic information to the driver when maneuvering and parking. The system uses ultrasonic sensors fitted to the front and rear of the vehicle. Park Assist is optionally available with a reversing camera. This helps with maneuvering by showing a color camera image on the PCM screen with dynamic support lines and distances to potential obstacles. Using four individual cameras, the Park Assist system with Surround View calculates a 360° view, which helps with parking and maneuvering. The resolution of the camera image displayed on the PCM screen has now almost doubled, making the picture significantly sharper.
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function - The Cayenne is equipped with a cruise control system with speed limiter function as standard, to help the driver regulate the car’s speed and distance from other vehicles. The system can be activated between 30 and 240 km/h. The optional adaptive cruise control increases the range of functions considerably. Using a radar sensor positioned in the middle of the central air intake and the vehicle cameras, the system monitors the distance to vehicles in front and adjusts the distance automatically. It also detects vehicles crossing in front of the vehicle from other lanes. If required, the system brakes to match the speed of the vehicle in front until standstill. Wherever possible, it also uses the coasting function to reduce fuel consumption. The system offers greater driving comfort and safety, particularly in slow-moving traffic.
  • Anticipatory pedestrian protection - The Cayenne is now equipped with an anticipatory pedestrian protection system as standard. The system considerably reduces the risk of collisions with pedestrians by issuing a visual and audible warning if a pedestrian or cyclist is located in the collision area. To enable this, the technology evaluates signals from the front camera. If the vehicle is moving towards a person too quickly, the brakes are applied. If the driver then also actuates the brake, the vehicle is brought to a complete stop. If the driver does not react, the system automatically initiates emergency braking.
  • Lane Keeping Assist including traffic sign recognition - lane-changing maneuvers in fast-moving traffic is one of the most frequent risks in day-to-day driving. The optional Lane Keeping Assist system monitors the car’s position using a camera and responds by providing steering support if the driver leaves the lane without indicating. Lane Keeping Assist significantly increases comfort and safety, particularly on long-distance journeys. In addition to steering assistance, a further audible and visual warning on the instrument cluster can be activated in the PCM. The system is active within a speed range of 65 to 250 km/h.
  • Lane Change Assist with Turn Assist - The latest, enhanced version of the Lane Change Assist system can also be used as a complement to Lane Keeping Assist. The system uses a radar sensor to detect the distance and speed of traffic behind the car in adjacent lanes. If the speed and distance to the driver’s vehicle are deemed a risk for changing lanes, a warning is shown in either the left or right exterior mirror. The system detects vehicles at a distance of up to 70 meters and is active at a speed range of between approximately 15 and 250 km/h. A further feature of the new Cayenne is Turn Assist. After approaching a junction, the Turn Assist system displays an optical warning for objects nearing the vehicle in its blind spot. When pulling off with one of the indicators active, the driver is assisted by the Turn Assist until reaching the activation speed of the Lane Change Assist.
  • Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera - Night Vision Assist uses an intelligent thermal imaging camera to detect people and animals when driving in the dark, and flags up their presence and position to the driver. The system operates at distances of up to 300 meters. The electronics are able to classify the relevant thermal source and to distinguish an animal from a parked motorcycle with a warm engine, for example. Night Vision Assist is deactivated in built-up areas to avoid possible false warnings such as dogs on a leash on the pavement. If the vehicle is fitted with optional LED matrix headlights, detected people or animals are illuminated in a beam of targeted light.
  • 4D Chassis Control - The Cayenne can control the torque output and apply appropriate braking inputs to each wheel to ensure the Cayenne’s stability. It also helps in counteracting the understeer and oversteer effects. This, in turn, ensures a troublefree drive for you without having to worry much, especially around the twisties.

Is it Safe to Buy a 2021 Porsche Cayenne?

Even though the Porsche Cayenne has not been rated by the NHTSA and IIHS for now, the list of available safety features are of great quality and offer more safety like its rivals. The 2021 Porsche Cayenne is a good choice when it comes to safety and futuristic technologies to avoid a collision even before it happens. 

2021 Porsche Cayenne Safety and Reliability

2021 Porsche Cayenne Safety

Safety of a vehicle and its occupants is more important no matter what type of vehicle it is, and Porsche handles it very well with its modern safety features. Instead of protecting its customers during collisions, Porsche also implemented many features that could prevent the collision.

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