Chevrolet engineered the Malibu to meet occupant safety requirements of customers in more than 100 countries. The vehicle earlier received the highest ratings for safety in independent crash tests conducted in Europe, North America, South Korea and Australia.
In the U.S., Malibu was the first 2013 midsize car to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2013 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Both are the highest ratings possible.
The Malibu offers these standard and available safety features:
- Dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags
- Pelvic/thorax side-impact air bags for all outboard occupants, front and rear
- Driver and passenger knee air bags
- Roof rail air bags with rollover protection
- Available second-row head/thorax side-impact air bags
- Available lane departure warning system with forward collision alert
- Available rearview camera system.
In the event of a crash, Malibu provides a structure that is 20% stiffer than the model it replaced. It comprises 65% high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels, full-length frame rails, a reinforced safety cage and impact-absorbing crush zones. This structure is designed to absorb the energy created in a crash and help preserve the structural integrity of the occupant compartment.
Malibu has three powertrains including the Malibu Eco, which uses fuel-saving eAssist technology to enable EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 city / 37 highway. Malibu also offers a fuel-efficient and powerful Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder engine and an Ecotec 2.0L turbo that makes 259 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.