2021 Chevrolet Malibu  RealSafeCars68Safety Rating

#57 of 2021 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#137 of all 2021 vehicles


Pictured: 2020 Chevrolet Malibu
The Malibu, a mainstay of Chevrolet's lineup since 1997, is a midsize sedan with seating up to 5. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. Chevrolet offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Chevrolet Malibu is 21% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu is 13% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

2021 Chevrolet Malibu offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 13%.

Chevrolet's Chevy Safety Assist active safety features can protect loved ones by reducing accident severity and preventing accidents. The following active safety systems are included even on lower trims/versions of the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu: Forward Collision Alert (FCA) and Automatic Emergency Braking with Front Pedestrian Braking.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

8753Volkswagen JettaChevrolet MalibuNissan AltimaKia K5Volkswagen PassatHyundai SonataToyota CamryMazda 6Mazda 3Subaru LegacyHonda AccordNissan SentraComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 53 to 87. The 2021 Chevrolet Malibu is safer than the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta and less safe than the 2021 Nissan Altima, the 2021 Kia K5, the 2021 Volkswagen Passat, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata, the 2021 Nissan Sentra, the 2021 Honda Accord, the 2021 Subaru Legacy, the 2021 Mazda 3, the 2021 Mazda 6, and the 2021 Toyota Camry.

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