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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Frontal and side impact: five stars; rollover rating: four stars (upper 10 percent)
Rates "good" in all areas
there isn't a competitor that offers a better allotment of standard safety features
Reviewers commend the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu for safety. It hits all the right notes with features and crash-test scores.
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu wins the top five-star rating in all of the federal government's crash tests, along with top "good" ratings from the IIHS in frontal offset and side tests. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the chance of a rollover accident is 10 percent; the overall range for all passenger cars is between 7 and 18 percent.
Car and Driver states that the 09 Malibu is "loaded-up on safety features." Edmunds confirms this, saying "there isn't a competitor that offers a better allotment of standard safety features." Front side thorax airbags and side curtain bags that cover front and rear occupants are standard, as are anti-lock brakes. Electronic stability control is also standard across the line for 2009. Other standard features include front and rear head curtain side-impact bags, front-seat-mounted thorax bags, and dual-stage front bags. The reviewer at MotherProof watches a crash test of a Chevrolet 2009 Malibu at 35 mph and confirms that all six airbags deploy as needed. During the test, "the safety cage compartment was not intruded upon."
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is fully loaded with safety features, and tests are all positive.