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.
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.