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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, front impact protection; four stars, rollover resistance
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact
Addition of standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes
Despite the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic's dated architecture, at least when compared to the latest Chevy Malibu, this 2008 Chevrolet Malibu performs well in safety tests.
The 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic has been crash tested by the NHTSA and the IIHS, and both report impressive results for the Chevrolet 2008 Malibu Classic. In NHTSA tests, the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic earned a perfect five-star rating for front impact protection, as well as four of a possible five stars in the rollover category. For 2008, Chevrolet's Malibu Classic also earned high marks from the IIHS, which awarded the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic the highest possible rating, "good," in the Institute's frontal offset impact test. This Chevrolet 2008 Malibu also earned a "good" rating in the IIHS's side impact test.
In addition to above-average crash-test results, the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic comes with most of the modern safety features that consumers have come to expect, according to reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. Reviewers at AOL Autos report that "standard safety features include front and side-curtain airbags," while Edmunds notes that, for 2008, Chevrolet has added "standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes" to the Malibu Classic. Edmunds adds that the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic includes standard "traction control," though they are disappointed to find "stability control is not available."
One of the other noteworthy safety characteristics on the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic is that it affords very good overall driver visibility. ConsumerGuide is most vocal in its praise, reporting that "outward vision is good" on this Chevrolet 2008 Malibu Classic, "enhanced by large door mirrors."
Strong crash-test ratings and most of the usual safety features make the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic a responsible family pick.