The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is constantly crash testing new cars for our safety, and new information released today has another model joining the ranks of the safest cars on the road.
The 2014 Chevy Malibu has earned the Top Safety Pick Plus designation, the highest safety score that the IIHS hands out. It was handed the highest possible score in almost every test, save for one. In the side test crash, the driver may possibly suffer from rib fractures, earning the car an ‘acceptable’ rating in the torso injury section.
From the 2013 to 2014 model years, the Malibu went from a score of ‘marginal’ up to ‘good’ in the small overlap test.
To qualify for the ‘plus’ designation, a car must score a ‘good’ in the small overlap test, and at least a ‘basic’ rating for front crash avoidance, which is exactly what the Malibu did thanks to its optional forward collision alert.
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