2014 Chevrolet Malibu Earns NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating

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In just its second year on the market, the eighth generation Chevrolet Malibu was significantly updated for the 2014 model year, and now the popular mid-size sedan is receiving a few more enhancements for 2015. The biggest news is that the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu will be the first of dozens of General Motors vehicles to introduce the latest OnStar technology that features 4G LTE data connectivity. DON'T MISS: TomTom Says That America's Most Congested Cities Are... This data service comes standard on the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu. It allows the car to become a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and it comes with a three-month/3GB trial period. Chevrolet says that OnStar with 4G LTE is 10 times faster than a 3G connection and 100 times faster than the previous OnStar system, which will make it easier for users to stay entertained and better connected on the road. ALSO SEE:  Want Wi-Fi In Your Car? GM Announces Data Plans, Starting At $5 Per Month Complementing its new styling updates last year, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is also adding four new colors: Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Butte Red, Sable Metallic and Autumn Bronze Metallic. While these changes are relatively minor (especially considering the 2014 upgrades), they are necessary to help keep the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu at pace in the highly competitive mid-size sedan segment. MORE: Read our 2014 Chevrolet Malibu review Chevrolet has yet to say when the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu or what its pricing will be, but the sedan will still be offered in six trim levels: LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 1LTZ and 2LTZ. In base form and in all trim levels except for the 3LT and 2LTZ, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu comes with the 2.5-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which includes standard stop/start technology, helping it return an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. The 3LT and 2LTZ models will add the more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which produces 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. ___________________________________________ Follow The Car Connection on   Facebook ,   Twitter   and   Google+ .

The mid-size 2014 Chevrolet Malibu sedan has earned an overall five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The five-star rating is the highest available in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and is determined after vehicles undergo severe testing procedures and receive high combined scores in frontal, side-impact and rollover crash tests.

The 2014 Malibu earned five stars in frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in rollover testing.

The Malibu, however, doesn't earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award. It's rated as "good" in all current tests, but hasn't been subjected to the small-overlap test that now distinguishes Top Safety Picks from other IIHS-rated vehicles.

MORE: See our complete review of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.

Standard safety features and technology in the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu include 10 airbags, including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, ultra-high strength steel safety cage, rollover protection, electronic stability control (now mandated by the federal government), anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and OnStar automatic crash response service (standard for the first six months of ownership).

Optional active safety technologies on the 2014 Malibu include Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, and Side Blind Zone Alert. New for 2014 for the Malibu is Rear Cross Traffic Alert paired with a rearview camera that makes backing up safer.


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