The small overlap test wasn't Malibu's strongest point in previous IIHS testing, where it scored a less than satisfactory "marginal" rating. The good news is that from 2013 to 2014, the Malibu leveled up from "marginal" to "good" in the small overlap test, thanks to improvements Chevy engineers made to the Malibu's front structure and door sill. In this latest small overlap test, the driver's space was well maintained, the driver dummy indicating a low risk of any significant injuries in crash situations.
“We are very pleased that the IIHS has recognized the safety of the Malibu with this prestigious rating,” declared Gay Kent, general director of GM Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. “Customer safety is our guiding compass; this serves as a testament to that.”
Chevy's Malibu has been a Top Safety Pick for the past four years, but 2014 is the first time it is a Top Safety Pick+. It is the second Chevrolet after the Spark to receive the Top Safety Pick+ rating.