The sedan has two ratings for its optional collision prevention systems.

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu received a Top Safety Pick+ award in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s latest round of crash tests. The new sedan scored the agency’s top Good score in all five evaluations: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint.

In the difficult small overlap front crash test, the driver’s survival space maintained its shape, but dummy’s head rolled to the left toward the gap between the front and side airbags. The risk of leg and feet injuries was low.

Depending on the optional equipment, the 2016 Malibu scores either an Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention. Either grade is eligible to get a Top Safety Pick+. The sedan has the lower Advanced score with just the low-speed front automatic braking system because it couldn't sufficiently slow the vehicle in the IIHS' collision avoidance test at 25 miles per hour. When the Malibu has both front automatic braking and the low-speed version, the agency gives the model the top Superior designation because it passes the 12-mph evaluation and decelerated to just 1 mph in the 25-mph check.

The 2016 Malibu starts at $22,500. Depending on trim level, customers can get a 163-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo four, and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with a two-motor hybrid that has 182 hp of total system horsepower. Using more high-strength steel and aluminum also let Chevrolet cut the latest sedan's weight by almost 300 pounds compared to its predecessor.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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Redesigned Chevrolet Malibu earns TOP SAFETY PICK+ award

ARLINGTON, Va. — The redesigned Chevrolet Malibu earns the top award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with optional front crash prevention.

Like its predecessor, the 2016 Malibu earns good ratings across the board in the IIHS crashworthiness tests, which include small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations.

For the first time, the Malibu is available with front crash prevention systems that include automatic braking.

When equipped with both Front Automatic Braking and City-Speed Front Automatic Braking, the Malibu earns a superior rating for front crash prevention. The midsize car avoided a collision in the 12 mph IIHS track test and slowed by an average of 24 mph in the 25 mph track test. When equipped with only City-Speed Front Automatic Braking, the Malibu avoided a collision in the 12 mph test and slowed by 9 mph in the 25 mph test, earning an advanced rating.

The systems, both of which are optional, include forward collision warning that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

To qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.

For more information, go to iihs.org

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from crashes on the nation's roads. The Institute is wholly supported by auto insurers.