In the frontal test, the passenger compartment remained stable. Maximum points were scored for protection of the driver, all body areas being well protected. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. Chevrolet showed that a similar level of protection would be provided for occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier impact, the Malibu scored maximum points, with good protection of all body areas. In the more severe side pole test, protection of the abdomen was marginal. The seat and reactive head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.
Forward movement of this dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, was not excessive. In the side impact, both the 3 year and the 18 month dummy were properly restrained by their restraints, minimising the likelihood of dangerous head contact. The passenger airbag can be disabled, allowing a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, the system did not meet Euro NCAP's requirements regarding the clarity of information provided to the driver, and the system was not rewarded. Clear information is provided in the car regarding the danger of using a rearward facing restraint in the passenger seat without first disabling the airbag.
The bumper provided good protection in most areas tested but was poor in some. The front edge of the bonnet was predominantly poor. In most areas likely to be struck by a child's head, the bonnet provided good protection but it offered predominantly poor protection in those areas likely to be struck by the head of an adult.
Electronic stability control is standard equipment across the Malibu range and met Euro NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder is provided for the driver and front passenger seating positions. A seatbelt reminder is available as an option for the rear seats but did not meet Euro NCAP's fitment requirements for assessment in 2011. A speed limitation device is not available for the Malibu.