2014 Chevrolet Malibu Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award | Edmunds

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Earns Top Safety Pick+ Award


Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after structural changes improved its performance in the small overlap front crash test.
  • GM modified the Malibu's front structure and door sill to improve small overlap performance.
  • The 2013 Malibu rated "marginal" in the test.

ARLINGTON, Virginia The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after structural changes improved its performance in the small overlap front crash test.

GM modified the Malibu's front structure and door sill to improve small overlap performance.

The 2013 Malibu rated "marginal" in the test.

"In the latest small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained well, and injury measures recorded on the driver dummy indicated low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity," said the IIHS in a statement on Monday. "The dummy's head made good contact with the front airbag, which stayed in position during the crash, and the side curtain airbag deployed to protect the head from contact with side structures."

The small overlap front crash test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a tree or a utility pole.

To qualify for Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection, a good rating in the Institute's other crash tests, and a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash protection.

The 2014 Malibu earned the top five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Malibu competes with the 2014 Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat.

Edmunds says: Some reassuring safety news for consumers who have the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu at the top of their shopping lists.

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