2014 Chevrolet Malibu Named IIHS Top Safety Pick + Car

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick + award thanks to key structural changes made to improve the car's safety. Chevrolet strengthened the Malibu's front structure and door sill to improve marks in the small overlap test. This new evaluation--which simulates what happens when the front corner of a car hits a pole, tree, or other object at 40 mph--has been difficult for many automakers to master. The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu earned the top score of "Good" on the test, up from a score of "Marginal" on the 2013 model year car. The redesigned Malibu also earned top marks in side crashes, roof crashes, moderate front overlap crashes, and in the category of head restraint/seat safety. These marks allow the car to earn the Top Safety Pick award. To qualify for the "plus" designation this year, a car must also come with some type of front crash avoidance technology. The Malibu managed to swing this due to its optional forward collision alert system.
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu joins a long line of other midsize cars to earn the highest award from IIHS. The 2014 Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Mazda6, and Subaru Legacy also managed to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick + award. Source: IIHS