2009 Chevrolet Malibu

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
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 2008-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Chevrolet Malibu LS 4-door

The Chevrolet Malibu was redesigned for the 2008 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification.

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

Side

Rating applies to 2008-12 models built after February 2008

Tested vehicle: 2008 Chevrolet Malibu LT 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Chevrolet Malibu was redesigned for the 2008 model year. Beginning with 2008 models manufactured after February 2008, design changes were made to the front door trim panels to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

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.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag (the blue strip is a kind of liner for the airbag).

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2008-12 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,445 lbs
Peak force 15,063 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.37

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2008-09 models

Seat type: Manual-power cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry