2016 Chevrolet Malibu rated with top safety award from IIHS image

The redesigned Chevrolet Malibu received the Top Safety Pick+ from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when the sedan comes fitted with the optional front crash prevention system

Chevrolet’s 2016 Malibu managed to follow its predecessor by earning good ratings across all IIHS’s crash evaluations, which include small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. Furthermore, the redesigned model offers now an active front collision prevention system as an optional feature, which also includes automatic braking. However, Malibu’s safety performance depends on the equipment on board.

When it comes equipped with both Front Automatic Braking and City-Speed Front Automatic Braking, the model earns a superior rating for front crash prevention. The midsize car avoided a collision in the 12 mph IIHS track test and slowed by an average of 24 mph in the 25 mph track test. When fitted with only City-Speed Front Automatic Braking, the Malibu avoided a collision in the 12 mph test and slowed by 9 mph in the 25 mph test, earning an advanced rating.

In the challenging small overlap front test, the driver space of the 2016 Malibu was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 11 cm at the footrest and parking brake pedal, while the upper interior intrusion measured 6-8 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel. The analysis over the dummy indicated a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity, the agency’s report showed.