The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu equipped with available Forward Collision Alert a Top Safety Pick+ today. The distinction is given to cars which receive high marks in crash worthiness and earn a basic, advanced or superior rating for frontal crash prevention.
In order to receive the Top Safety Pick+ distinction, the 2014 Malibu had to have a frontal crash protection system on offer which met IIHS requirements and received a “Good” rating, the highest classification used by IIHS, in four of the five crash tests. The tests consisted of front, side, roof strength and head restraint assessments.
GM says the 2014 Malibu exceeded those requirements, achieving a “Good” rating in all five of the tests. The Forward Collision Alert system available on Malibu 2LT and above trim packages also earned a “Basic” assessment for the frontal crash prevention system. The system uses a camera and radar system to judge the distance between the Malibu and the car in front, and will sound an alert if it senses a possible collision.
“We are very pleased that the IIHS has recognized the safety of the Malibu with this prestigious rating,” Gay Kent, general director of General Motors Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness said in a statement. “Customer safety is our guiding compass; this serves as a testament to that.”
The Malibu has been an IIHS Top Safety Pick for the past four years, but 2014 marks the first time it is categorized as a Top Safety Pick+. It joins Chevrolet’s only other car with the distinction, the Chevrolet Spark mincar.