Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Chevrolet Malibu 2011

2.4 LTZ , 4 door saloon

Test Date: Nov 2011

Chevrolet Malibu crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 94%
Child Occupant 83%
Pedestrian 57%
Safety Assist 71%

Compare with other cars in the Large Family Car category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Good
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Good Driver left lower leg - Good
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Adequate Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Adult occupant

In the frontal test, the passenger compartment remained stable. Maximum points were scored for protection of the driver, all body areas being well protected. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. Chevrolet showed that a similar level of protection would be provided for occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier impact, the Malibu scored maximum points, with good protection of all body areas. In the more severe side pole test, protection of the abdomen was marginal. The seat and reactive head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.

Child occupant

The passenger airbag can be disabled, allowing a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, the system did not meet Euro NCAP's requirements regarding the clarity of information provided to the driver, and the system was not rewarded. Clear information is provided in the car regarding the danger of using a rearward facing restraint in the passenger seat without first disabling the airbag.


The bumper provided good protection in most areas tested but was poor in some. The front edge of the bonnet was predominantly poor. In most areas likely to be struck by a child's head, the bonnet provided good protection but it offered predominantly poor protection in those areas likely to be struck by the head of an adult.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard equipment across the Malibu range and met Euro NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder is provided for the driver and front passenger seating positions. A seatbelt reminder is available as an option for the rear seats but did not meet Euro NCAP's fitment requirements for assessment in 2011. A speed limitation device is not available for the Malibu.

applies to all Malibus of the specification tested