The new Chevy Malibu (Eco) is the first/only new 2013 midsize vehicle to receive double honors for safety including a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Although the Malibu received a few four-star ratings in categories like rollover, it got an overall five-star score from both organizations, due to the advanced technology found in the car. The overall score is based on the average of several different categories.
The Malibu was designed to be a worldwide top seller, as much of the safety features were included to meet demands for safety in other continents. Safety and value are important when you’re selling a car in roughly 100 markets. It’s one of 15 GM models that have received an IIHS 2012 Top Safety Pick award.
Although a car’s ability to react to a crash well is important, the prevention of one is equally important. Some of the many standard safety features are as follows:
- Body composed of 65% high/ultra-high strength steels
- Driver/passenger dual-stage front air bags, seat-mounted airbags, knee air bags, head curtain air bags, and rollover protection.
- Rollover sensors that will deploy head curtain side air bags, if a rollover is to occur.
- StabiliTrak stability control that adjusts the throttle and braking if needed.
- ABS disc brakes with full-function traction control
- Front safety belt pretensioners
- OnStar with the Automatic Crash Response System
Affluent parents, this means that you can trust the Chevy Malibu Eco to be a safe vehicle choice for your kids, on top of being one of the larger mainstream options available. Not only do you receive some metal for your money, but also some state-of-the-art technology.