When I got a call to check out the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and its new Teen Driver safety system, I said sure, come on over.

When I got a call to check out the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and its new Teen Driver safety system, I said sure, come on over.


I expected the GM rep to show up in the Malibu and take me for a ride.


Instead, an 18-wheeler the size of a NASCAR hauler delivered the Malibu to our parking lot for inspection.


The pre-production Malibu is limited to 10 mph, so it needed a ride.


The Teen Driver system is available only on the 2016 Malibu, but it could roll out to other models in the future.


I went into the demonstration thinking it was an automobile version of parental controls, but in reality, it’s a driving report card parents can monitor to see how their teen drivers are doing behind the wheel.


The Malibu can keep up with distance driven, maximum speed, over-speed warnings issued, stability control events, antilock brake events, forward collision alerts and forward collision braking events.


These can all be reset whenever you like, much like a trip odometer.


Parents enable the monitoring (it’s PIN-protected so it can’t be turned off), and it’s activated by registering the key your teen uses to start the car.


There are some limitations put on your teen, like no radio unless the seat belts are fastened, and you can set a maximum volume.


Parents can set a maximum speed that triggers an audible alarm and visual warning (up to 75 mph).


There are also some safety features, if equipped, that you can enable and that can’t be turned off by the teen, including stability control, parking assist, forward collision braking, traction control and front pedestrian braking.


There is no fee or subscription for Teen Driver, and it’s available standard on the Premier trim Malibu and optional on certain LT models.


The Malibus go on sale later this year. Prices have not been announced.


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