2020 Chevrolet Malibu  RealSafeCars68Safety Rating

#74 of 2020 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#167 of all 2020 vehicles


The Malibu, a mainstay of Chevrolet's lineup since 1997, is a midsize sedan with seating up to 5. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Chevrolet offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is somewhat unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu has a score of 68, implying a 0.058% chance of driver death (5.2% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.05%, and the chance of injury falls to 4.5%.

We estimate that the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0582% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.6447%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0582% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 6.6447% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is 21% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is 13% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

2020 Chevrolet Malibu offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 13%.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

8655Volkswagen JettaNissan AltimaChevrolet MalibuNissan SentraVolkswagen PassatKia OptimaToyota CamryMazda 6Subaru LegacyHonda AccordBuick RegalHyundai SonataComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 55 to 86. The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is safer than the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2020 Nissan Altima and less safe than the 2020 Nissan Sentra, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat, the 2020 Kia Optima, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, the 2020 Buick Regal, the 2020 Honda Accord, the 2020 Subaru Legacy, the 2020 Mazda 6, and the 2020 Toyota Camry.

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