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.