The Chevy Malibu crashworthiness review from the NHTSA only included front and rollover tests, where it got five stars for the former and four stars for the latter. The IIHS gave it a good rating in most departments, but it scored Poor for side: updated test and Marginal for headlights. It's a reasonably safe car, but it's disappointing when you compare it to rivals like the Honda Accord, which received five stars from the NHTSA.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
The Malibu comes equipped with the most basic safety equipment, including ten airbags (including dual front knee airbags and side airbags for all outboard seating positions), a rearview camera, automatic headlights, a teen-driver system, and cruise control. However, it also gets forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist. Every model comes standard with Buckle to Drive, which won't allow you to move the gear lever out of Park unless the seatbelt is secured. Furthermore, you can option lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot alert.
|Chevrolet Malibu Trims||LS||RS||LT||2LT|
|Rear Parking Aid||O||O||O||O|
|Blind Spot Monitor||O||O||O||O|
|Lane Departure Warning||S||S||S||S|
|Lane Keeping Assist||S||S||S||S|
|Tire Pressure Monitor||S||S||S||S|
Reliability ratings for the Chevrolet Malibu are very good. It received 82 out of 100 points overall in the J.D. Power survey and a specific 85/100 rating for quality and reliability. It seems the people who own these cars like them very much. According to the NHTSA, the Malibu has suffered only one recent recall for an improperly welded front impact bar. The Malibu is sold with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain/drivetrain warranty. Roadside assistance also runs for five years or 60,000 miles while complimentary scheduled maintenance covers a single visit in the first year.