2009 Chevy Malibu vs 1959 Bel Air Crash Test | Consumer Reports

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This crash test between a modern sedan and the classic 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air shows just how far passenger protection has come in the last fifty years. Check out www.ConsumerReports.org for additional reviews, tips, and recommendations.
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Sep 29, 2009




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Shaniirne D
Shaniirne D 15 hours ago
Yeah yeah...and even after seeing this I'd still rather drive the 59'. We die like real men...in style. (Honestly hurt my soul to see it get smashed)
Sterlin Silver
This hurts me deeply... That poor classic...
xandertgt Day ago
I am now blind from seeing such a beautiful bel air be destroyed
Jed K
Jed K 3 days ago
i got aids from seeing that bel air get destroyed.
Emmanuel Nyongbo
Emmanuel Nyongbo 3 days ago
Those cars looks fake?!.
scramblendan 4 days ago
THIS IS A BIASED DEMO. A couple points to make here...Look at 1:00 to 1:07...there is no engine in the 59 based on how the entire front end rolls. The engine would have held the front frame rails together and the front passenger wheel would not have folded the way it did. Also they never finish showing the top view which might show the hollow nose in the impala. Don't get me wrong, I would still rather be in the malibu but think about it...why do this in the first place?...to show the weaknesses of the horribly designed wishbone frame on the 59 impala or are you trying to show that cars today are safer (duh). This was an unfair set up at the expense of a classic car. BTW a side hit to the 59/60 impala with the (no support) wishbone frame was almost always a fatal crash. That frame was a very unique weak design ment to be ultra light and never made again once its weaknesses were exposed...good choice fellow engineers, if you want to show the not so real truth....how about trying a 73 Newyorker (with the engine installed) on for size πŸ™‚
Arlene the Electric Bass
Fuck you!!!! Why should you do that to a 59 Bel air?
J Brunson
J Brunson 4 days ago
I thought old cars were made of steel πŸ˜‚ turns out new cars are
THE JETSTR 5 days ago
-1 1959 bel airs! :(
maxpower690 7 days ago
That giant cloud of rust that came out of the bel air...would it had fared better if it weren’t a rust Bucket?
Communism Man
Communism Man 9 days ago
You can't just add bricks to the Malibu and take the engine out of the bel air this was an unfair delusion of a stunt
Communism Man
Communism Man 9 days ago
I'm sorry but this is faked
Lone Wolf
Lone Wolf 12 days ago
I have a 1990 vehicle and it has no air bag. However I’d rather crash in that than what we have today. The metal on it is seriously tough. It got hit by a bicycle 🚲 my basketball πŸ€ goal fell on it and got into a rear end collision with it and it received little to no damage.
Lost Hero
Lost Hero 6 days ago
Someone has never taken a physics class.
lord thick nipples
lord thick nipples 12 days ago
Just don't crash
Colleen Burke
Colleen Burke 13 days ago
Yes! I own a Malibu, and it's been good to me.
Pisces 13 days ago
There's a good reason they don't make them like they used to anymore
John Boudreaux
John Boudreaux 15 days ago
Beam.ng drive but in real life 😁 πŸš—πŸ”₯πŸš—
little banjgvli
little banjgvli 16 days ago
Im sad :(.what did that bel air ever do to you???
Christopher Preston
They talk shit about the bel air like it’s not 50 years older than the Malibu
Atlantic Coast Line
Another fine example of a bad Chevy commercial. The Bel Air wasn't even in nice shape internally, for all we know it was just dust inside the hood (giant rust cloud when it hits the Malibu) and no engine. There were also no such thing as crumple zones in cars back then, the front of the Bel Air would've been fine if this wasn't staged
Jonathon 20 days ago
Most people who drive old cars actually have common sense and don't crash
Hydrochloric Acid
Hydrochloric Acid 19 days ago
You're assuming that a crash is always the driver's fault here. "common sense" won't help you if someone else runs through a red light and Tbones your car. On top of that, for all the "common sense" out there, drivers are only human. They make mistakes. They get tired, sometimes they have a bit too much alcohol in their system. You're assuming Bel Air drivers are machines. They aren't. Statistically, you will crash given enough time. And that's regardless of your driving experience and habits, or the car your drive.
The Iron Atheist 50
That's not a fair test.... That 59 was almost completely rotted away to start. Watch the rust cloud coming from the frame...
Kiser Family
Kiser Family 25 days ago
Not true
O A 25 days ago
Cars today are safer, but they are very ugly.
AKLDGUY 28 days ago
59 Bel Air was a collector's item by 2009. You don't wreck one. Therefore this 59 was probably full of structural rust and had been condemned. Not a fair test.
Advanced safe technology has been adapted. It absolutely makes sense.
mgabrysSF Month ago
Yech - the restraints wouldn't have mattered in the Bel Air as the console coming back and the seats demounting and pitching forward meant you were squished. The non-collapsable steering wheel would insure that your ribs would be chewed up and your internals lacerated like a frog in a blender. Nice styling - total death-trap.
Outdoor Daily
Outdoor Daily Month ago
That was a nice car, fuckin dick hole
SnyperDan Month ago
It's amazing. Even with glaring proof that these tired old death boxes are not safe in the slightest you still get the "muh classics" defense force rushing to defend them. Pretty sad, really.
Lone Okami
Lone Okami 4 days ago
Obviously you're not into cars.... Go drive you're boring Toyota Yaris
ChromerSatanas Month ago
Wow you idiots destroyed a 59 Impala. THAT'S NOT A BELAIR YOU IDIOTS ITS AN IMPALA
Robert Pasho
Robert Pasho Month ago
Why vs a classic car
Atlantic Coast Line
Because Chevy doesn't know how to make good commercials
harold butts
harold butts Month ago
Why does safer have to look like garbage. Cars don't have any style anymore
xXzelda masterXx
What a waste of a classic
KurjalaCat 2011
KurjalaCat 2011 Month ago
Fuck you guys for destroying a vintage car that looks better than the fucking cars today
RebSike Month ago
you always hear "they dont make 'em like they used to" because all of the guys who would tell you the opposite died in wrecks decades ago.
Atlantic Coast Line
Funny basically everyone's parents ever aren't dead then
RBMK- 1000 reactor
EcksDee Month ago
Note to self: NEVER sell a classic car to Consumer Reports.
Bulbman256 Month ago
This video makes me sad
Greg Massie
Greg Massie Month ago
Why would you do that to a classic?
Alexandros Retsinas
Let's wait another 50 years to see the 2009 Chevrolet crash test with a spaceship
John-Del Month ago
There was never a doubt that a car designed with crumple zones would be far safer, but the old Bel Air didn't just crumple, it fell apart. I can't help but think there was more than frame rot going on there. I wonder if there weren't a bunch of fasteners removed as well for visual "impact"... Also, did the Bel Air even have an engine under the hood?
Cadillac Jack
Cadillac Jack Month ago
Still not gonna make me avoid classic cars and what a waste of a Bel Air for some bullshit video.
Dickheads for ruining a classic
Kylle Poiencot
Kylle Poiencot Month ago
I know the importance of these tests, but that was just a waste of a beautiful car! And I’m talking about he Bel Air. May not be safe but sure looks a ton better than that modern Malibu. Just a terrible waste!
Alexander Heath
Alexander Heath Month ago
Take my chances in the Bel Air than the newer safer Chevy. What a wast of a brilliant classic car as we all know modern cars are much safer anyway, they just don't have any street apeal like cars from 50s & 60s. From Alex in the UK.
George B
George B Month ago
Well no great loss, the Bel Air was a 4dr. Anyway, good vid. πŸ‘πŸ»
Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas Month ago
Rigged Rigged all of that weight and metal would absolutely destroy that Malibu don't believe this fake sponsored presentation
Peter Gilbert
Peter Gilbert Month ago
Creepy old wing car has nothing compared to modern day engineering. I'll take a modern day compact that will sip the fuel, have navigation, radar cruise ctrl, auto high beams/headlights that curve around corners with wheel, heated seats... over a death trap any day.
David Tittychaser
Why would they just destroy a classic car
MrDcseltzer Month ago
You guys ruined a classic car
Jason Greek
Jason Greek Month ago
I had kind of expected the bell air to just bounce off the Malibu while the Malibu crumpled. definitely did not expect the bell air to fly apart like that
Edwin Maysonet
Edwin Maysonet Month ago
Mark Tellez
Mark Tellez Month ago
Another perfectly good classic destroyed what a shame
islandnites Month ago
Am I the only one that noticed that the '59 had everything under the hood removed prior to this crash test? Including frame crossmenber / radiator / engine / engine accessory components. Sorry, I'm not falling for it.
Alaric Visigoth
Alaric Visigoth Month ago
Who needs seat belts? I want to be thrown clear of the damage.
Gunguy3658 Robloxz
Weird Back car classic
Lazzrd Month ago
I remmeber this back in 2011 when i was watching this.
Constitution_89 Month ago
That was Certainly but Very Surprisingly impressive. I would have thought the Malibu would have been a coffin and the Bel Air a indestructible Tank.
John Dwyer
John Dwyer Month ago
That was very impressive. Sad about the Bel Air but maybe I'm not so interested in owning an old car, huh?
Devin Moss
Devin Moss Month ago
How Fast Were They Going?
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