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2016 Chevy Malibu: A Smarter Approach to Safety

Over the years, Chevrolet has consistently been celebrated for the quality of its trucks and bigger vehicles. Whether it was the Silverado or Suburban, everyone knew about the performance and durability of these vehicles. But now, with vehicles sold in the previous years, and all-new vehicles like the 2016 Chevy Malibu for sale, Chevy has quickly become known for their dedication to keeping you safe. The all-new Malibu is a perfect example of this and has safety features that are set in place to prevent, protect, and respond in the event of a collision.

Starting from well-known safety features like airbags and a high-strength steel safety cage, and adding innovative technology like Chevy’s OnStar emergency services system, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will keep you and your passengers safe.

Preventive Safety Features 

 With Chevy, the safety features on the Malibu are a smarter approach to safety, especially considering the preventive enhancements. These features are all aimed at keeping you safe by preventing or helping you avoid a collision entirely. These preventive safety features are also the first part of Chevy’s three-part philosophy on safety: prevent, protect, respond.

Lane Keep Assist

Chevy’s Lane Keep Assist is an available camera-based system that will warn the driver when they are unintentionally drifting from their lane. Not only does it provide an alert, but it will also gently nudge the vehicle back in the direction of the intended lane if you don’t take action. This system from Chevy is sure to help prevent numerous accidents, especially with respect to tired drivers on the highway.

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert is another available safety feature on the all-new 2016 Chevy Malibu. Unlike Lane Keep Assist, this system uses radar sensors to detect any vehicles that might be approaching from either direction behind the vehicle. If any vehicles are detected, it will use the rear vision camera to visually warn you of these vehicles. For example, if you are backing out of a parking space in a busy parking lot — or a driveway onto a busy road — Rear Cross-Traffic Alert will warn you of any cars you can’t see approaching from the sides or from behind your vehicle.

Forward Safety Awareness Systems

Since Chevy is big on safety, they made sure the Malibu also provided a preventive safety measure up front as well. With Forward Safety Awareness systems like front automatic braking and Forward Collision Alert, one of the most common types of accidents, rear-ends, can be prevented. Using radar technology, Forward Collision Alert will warn you of slowing vehicles in your path, like if a vehicle on the highway decided to brake suddenly. If the system detects a vehicle, then the Malibu can automatically apply the brakes in order to help avoid a collision.

Also possible from the Forward Safety Awareness System, you’ll find the available Adaptive Cruise Control. This system utilizes the same radar in order to monitor the distance between the Malibu and any vehicles in front of it. If the Malibu gets too close, according to Adaptive Cruise Control, the system will automatically slow the Malibu down in order to prevent a collision.

Side Blind Zone Alert

Side Blind Zone Alert rounds off the Malibu’s safety coverage and ensures that you get 360-degrees of safety. Side Blind Zone Alert uses radar in order to detect any vehicles in your blind spot. If a vehicle is detected, the system will provide you with an alert to let you know that it’s not safe to change lanes. Therefore, if you aren’t sure whether it’s safe to change lanes or not, the Malibu will make that decision for you.

Teen Driver Technology

If you buy the Chevy Malibu, you are also getting the first vehicle in its segment to offer Teen Driver Technology, powered through Chevrolet MyLink. This technology is a way for you to be there for your teen driver when you physically can’t be. While it might seem like an infuriating add-on to a teenager, parents will be put at ease (as much as they can be) when their teen borrows the car. Peace of mind will come from functions like muting the audio if front seat occupants aren’t wearing safety belts or giving audible and visual warnings when traveling over a predetermined speed.

Along with helping to encourage good driving habits, therefore potentially preventing a collision, this system can also inform you if safety features like front automatic braking triggered during your teen’s drive. That way, you know if your teen driver experienced any dangerous situations on the road.

But, sometimes a collision can’t be prevented no matter how great the technology, or how alert the driver is. Therefore, it’s still important to make sure there are plenty of protective safety features in place.

Protective Safety Features 

 In Chevy’s vehicle structures, whether it’s a Silverado or a Malibu, the engineers incorporate high-strength steel and other alloys. In particular, the high-strength steel is reserved for the safety cage. Thanks to its strength, this safety cage is able to absorb and channel crash impact energy and deflect it away from the cabin.

Along with high-strength steel safety cages, the Malibu also has ten standard airbags, which are paired with an available 360-degree smart sensor system. This system ensures quick and efficient air bag deployment and can adjust the inflation according to the severity of a collision.

With 360-degrees of safety technology and protective reinforcement provided by high-quality materials, the Malibu is as safe as safe can be. However, that’s not all it offers in the event of a collision…

Responsive Safety Features 

In the event of a collision, Malibu owners have the support of OnStar with Automatic Crash Response. The built-in sensors that accompany this system will automatically alert an OnStar Advisor, who is instantly connected to your vehicle in order to ensure that you are safe. If you don’t respond, the OnStar advisor will use GPS technology in order to pinpoint your location and request that emergency help is sent immediately.

While the preventive safety features are impressive and innovative, it’s the responsive safety features like OnStar that truly demonstrate Chevy’s dedication to keeping you, your friends, and your family as safe as possible on the road. With even more preventive and protective safety features, including OnStar, the all-new 2016 Chevy Malibu is ready to prevent, protect, or respond to whatever type of danger you might, but hopefully never, encounter on the road.

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