2016 Chevy Malibu Aces IIHS Crash Tests

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2016 Chevy Malibu Aces IIHS Crash Tests

The 2016 Chevy Malibu has been named a Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The car scored the top ‘good’ rating in all of the crash test categories, including in the tough small overlap test.

To gain the ‘Plus’ moniker, a car must score at least an ‘advanced’ rating for front crash prevention, which the Malibu exceeded with a ‘superior’ rating. In testing, the Malibu totally avoided a collision when run at an obstacle at 12 mph, while it reduced the car’s speed by 24 mph when driven at an obstacle at 25 mph.

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One area where the car falls behind is its headlights, which earned a ‘poor’ rating. “On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests,” reads the IIHS report.

  • MadJack

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety seems to want the equivalent of Aircraft Landing lights for headlights. How safe it that for oncoming traffic on a 2 lane road? Is it safe to blind drivers around you from excessively bright headlights? Honestly, they only need to be bright enough to see obstacles in time to be able to stop. All headlights have been bright enough for this for the last 40 to 50 years. Let’s not encourage headlights that are so bright that it is like looking directly into the sun. I would really prefer to not need sunglasses for night driving.

  • Jack Daniels

    The Accord’s are rated acceptable.. they don’t blind oncoming drivers at all. Some are inadequate.

  • mikemike

    I have a 2016 Malibu Premier (2LZ) trim and the headlights, while seriously cool looking do not exactly help in all dark and curvy scenarios. They are standard almost dull halogen bulbs as well. The smashed down look and feel of the front end is cool but also probably lends to the under performance of these projector lens lights. They should really be HID or LED to better match the LED daytime runners.