As distracted driving becomes nearly as dangerous, if not more, than impaired driving, the small overlap crash test has risen to prominence. Mostly because it simulates a vehicle wandering from its own lane, into the path of an oncoming car or object.
Therefore, the latest test puts pressure on automakers to ensure the driver is safe should an event of this stature occur. The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu walks away with a “good” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with no notable collapsing of the cockpit during the test.
This means the occupant will not be crushed in the event of a collision like this, with side curtain and frontal airbags softening the blow in any way it can. The test was performed at 40 mph, crunching the front end of the 2016 Malibu, but not the crash dummy.
Have a look for yourself up above.