Today’s consumers heavily consider crash safety ratings when making a new vehicle purchase, especially in the midsize sedan segment. In this video we’re shown footage of the IIHS crash testing for both the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and 2016 Nissan Altima. This particular test allows the IIHS to rate a small overlap front crash scenario, a moderate overlap front crash scenario, side, roof strength, head restraint and seats, headlights, child seat anchors, and overall front crash prevention.
While both cars received a superior front crash prevention rating, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu ended up having the slight advantage. From the above camera angle, you can see that the dotted line is straighter than that of the 2016 Nissan Altima after impact. Overall, the 2016 Malibu appears to absorb the impact better than the Altima. Not surprising, considering that the 2016 Malibu was awarded a “Good” rating by the IIHS in overlap crash safety. Watch the video for yourself, and let us know if you agree.