2007 Chevrolet Malibu

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2007 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2004-07 models

Tested vehicle: 2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4-door

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

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

Rating applies to 2005-07 models

Tested vehicle: 2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4-door with optional front and rear head curtain airbags and optional front seat-mounted torso airbags

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.

Two previous tests of a 2004 Malibu were conducted, one with an optional side curtain airbag for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. In the 2005-06 models, side airbags designed to protect drivers' and front passengers' torsos were added to the optional side curtain airbags previously available. Beginning with 2007 models, side curtain airbags became standard, but side torso airbags remained optional.

The three tested vehicles are rated separately, except that structural ratings for the vehicles are based on the two previous tests plus the latest test. Also, the rear passenger injury and head protection ratings are based on the two tests with side airbags.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain and side torso airbags

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was protected by the side airbag.

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2004-07 models

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry