Crash-test ratings have been excellent overall. The 2012 Malibu carries over its top 'good' ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in every category, including frontal offset, side, and seat-based rear impact tests, along with the new roof strength (rollover) test; and it's earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick accolade for 2012. In the stricter federal tests that were phased in last year, the Malibu gets a combination of four- and five-star ratings.
Safety is another strong suit of the current Malibu. Anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags are all included as standard features. The suite of OnStar emergency telematics services (subscription required) is also standard and was last year upgraded to version 9.0, which now includes six months of Directions and Connections service plus standard Turn-by-Turn navigation.
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