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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, frontal and side impact; four stars, rollover rating (upper 10 percent)
Good" in all areas
there isn't a competitor that offers a better allotment of standard safety features
The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu is hard to beat when it comes to safety. It hits all the right notes with features and crash-test scores.
According to Edmunds, “the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu scored a perfect five stars in all frontal and side crash categories in government crash tests.” It also comes with "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 points out that the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu is "loaded-up on safety features." Kelley Blue Book backs this up by stating that the Malibu's comprehensive list of standard safety features includes four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and traction control, StabiliTrak stability control, front seat-belt pretensioners, OnStar 8.0, and six airbags (dual-stage front, front seat-mounted thorax (side) and two-row head-curtain bags). MotherProof confirms that all six airbags work properly. During the test, "the safety cage compartment was not intruded upon."
The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu scores top marks for safety in all levels of trim.