Redesigned Chevrolet Malibu earns Top Safety Pick+ award

June 9, 2016

The redesigned Chevrolet Malibu earns the top award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with optional front crash prevention.

Like its predecessor, the 2016 Malibu earns good ratings across the board in the IIHS crashworthiness tests, which include small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations.

For the first time, the Malibu is available with front crash prevention systems that include automatic braking.

When equipped with both Front Automatic Braking and City-Speed Front Automatic Braking, the Malibu 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 equipped 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.

The systems, both of which are optional, include forward collision warning that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

To qualify for Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.

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