While the Eclipse and 3000 GT mark the most recognizable models in the Mitsubishi lineup, the 1997 Mitsubishi Galant provides one of the more practical offerings that many drivers end up buying instead. The Galant serves as a reasonably priced sedan that offers a good mix of comfort and performance. It does not have the same flash as the sports cars, but it shows the same attention to detail and design.
The revisions to the 1997 Mitsubishi Galant seem minor on paper, but the interior redesign makes a huge impact on comfort. The Galant has always been a solid offering, but the interior used to be a weak spot of the model. Better material quality, more ergonomic designs, and sound dampening allows to the 1997 Galant to be more comfortable than previous models.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mitsubishi Galant DE, Mitsubishi Galant ES, Mitsubishi Galant LS
The exterior of the 1997 Mitsubishi Galant shows revision. The interior has been upgraded with better quality materials. The Galant DE replaces the Galant S.
The Mitsubishi Galant provides a fairly average sized sedan. It does not quite have the same design flair as the Mitsubishi sports cars, but it does not look as conservative as the Diamante. A rear spoiler provides an optional feature.
The Mitsubishi Galant offers ample interior space for a vehicle of its size. The interior features seem fairly tiered off. Taking all the available optional equipment in the Galant DE or Galant ES essentially upgrades it to the stock model of the Galant ES or Galant LS, respectively. The 1997 Mitsubishi Galant ES features cruise control, air-conditioning, and a cassette player as standard equipment. The Galant LS adds power leather seats and Infiniti audio. The Galant LS can also get a CD player and a CD changer as optional equipment.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Mitsubishi Galant delivers a solid performance for its price range. The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine provides good acceleration. It offers ample turning and braking capability. Its design does not allow it to open up in the same way as the Eclipse or 3000 GT, but the Galant easily handles everything most drivers encounter with day to day commuting and driving around town.
The 1997 Mitsubishi Galant comes equipped with dual front airbags. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes remain available as an optional feature on the Galant ES and Galant LS.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Galant four-speed automatic: 19/26 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Galant five-speed manual: 21/28 mpg city/highway
- Good build quality
- Well-designed interior
You Won't Like
- Nothing to distinguish it from the competition
Day to day sedan with Mitsubishi quality.
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