The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, with a starting price of $25,995, achieved the highest possible score from both the NHTSA and the IIHS, making it the safest mid-size sedan out there. This is an amazing achievement, especially when you consider that it is the only vehicle of its kind to get on the top safety list of both organizations.
Occupant safety is tested by these two groups, using a variety of collision situations such as front impact, rear impact, roof strength, head restraints and side impact testing. What Chevrolet did with the Malibu Eco was design it to meet crash test ratings. It is designed to have 65% high strength and ultra-high strength steels, four-channel disk brakes with ABS and traction control, front safety belt pre-tensioners.
It comes with rollover sensors to activate the head curtain side air bags if sensors detect an impending rollover. It also features GM’s OnStar system. “We are now seeing the results from our commitment to design the highest-rated vehicles in the world in safety performance,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety.
“Earning these top safety ratings demonstrates the strength of the Malibu’s advanced structure, overall crashworthiness and effectiveness of the vehicle’s state-of-the-art safety technologies.”