Chevrolet Malibu2004-07 models
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Chevrolet Malibu was redesigned for the 2004 model year. The earlier design remained in production through the 2005 model year, but was called the Chevrolet Classic and was sold only to fleets.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved back into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the neck, chest, and left leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible. Forces on the right foot were high, indicating that injuries to the foot would be possible.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.
- A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head bottomed out the airbag and hit the steering wheel.
- Forces on the right foot were just high enough to indicate the possibility of injury.
- Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (standard beginning with 2007 models, optional in 2004-06 models) and front seat-mounted torso airbags (optional beginning with 2005 models)
- Antilock brakes (optional)
- Daytime running lights
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4-door
- Class: Midsize moderately priced car
- Weight: 3,183 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 106 in.
- Length: 188 in.
- Width: 70 in.
- Engine: 3.5 L V6
- EPA ratings: 23 mpg city | 32 mpg highway