Like its 2013 predecessor, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu has joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star safety club, earning identical scores. The latest version of the midsize, front-wheel-drive sedan, which went on sale late last year, earned perfect scores in frontal- and side-crash tests, and four stars in rollover tests, good for an overall score of five stars.
Safety features the NHTSA recommended on the new Malibu include forward collision warning and lane departure warning, both of which are optional. That's in addition to 10 standard airbags, including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, as well as available blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a backup camera.
"Safety is an increasingly important consideration for new vehicle buyers, especially for those in the midsize segment," said Gay Kent, GM's general director of vehicle safety and crashworthiness, in a statement. "The customer is at the center of our day-to-day operations and when we design vehicles, it's their safety that we have in mind."