1998 Mitsubishi Galant

  • 1998 Mitsubishi Galant DE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      141/148
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,680
  • 1998 Mitsubishi Galant ES Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      141/148
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,670
  • 1998 Mitsubishi Galant LS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      141/148
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $25,310
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1998 Mitsubishi Galant Review

A city car that stands out from the crowd.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1998 Mitsubishi Galant is a sedan by Mitsubishi that has been in production since 1969. The Galant started out as a compact sedan but has evolved over the years to become a midsize car. The Galant was first manufactured solely in Japan, but it has also been manufactured in the Diamond-Star Motors facility in Illinois since 1994. The car is currently in its seventh generation.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter I-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mitsubishi Galant DE, Mitsubishi Galant ES, Mitsubishi Galant LS

What's New

The 1998 Mitsubishi Galant will be equipped with solar-tinted glass to make it harder to tan while an individual is seated in the car. The ES model in particular has a manual gearbox as standard, and the LS and ES models have a new grille along with chrome accents. The LS will get anti-lock brakes as standard, and all models are fitted with a heavy-duty battery and starter.

Exterior

The 1998 Mitsubishi Galant has a significantly different suspension design from its previous generation, which ended in 1993. The front suspension changes from a strut system to a multi-link structure that uses one upper arm and two lower arms. The rear suspension, which was earlier a beam axle, has also been changed into the new multi-link system.

Interior

The 1998 Mitsubishi Galant's interior is one its strongest points. The seats are supportive but comfortable, and the front seats offer a good amount of headroom and legroom. However, the rear seats offer just enough headroom for adequate comfort, and legroom has been reduced by an inch since the last model. The dashboard of the 1998 Mitsubishi Galant is fitted with a rather attractive four-dial gauge cluster. The climate controls are placed conveniently above the center stereo controls, and both form a part of the center console. The stereo is mounted high enough for easy operation, which was not the case in the previous generations of the car. The trunk of the 1998 Mitsubishi Galant offers lots of space for storage, and the low lift-over and wide and flat floor enhance the trunk space even more. Visibility is good all-around for the driver, except for a bit at the rear because of the wide rear roof pillars. This requires the driver to stretch his or her neck a little more while changing lanes.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Mitsubishi Galant is available with a 2.4-liter straight-four engine that delivers 143 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes with an automatic or manual transmission. The 143-horsepower engine offers more than enough acceleration and power when combined with the automatic transmission. The transmission itself delivers smooth and quick downshifts, especially while passing. The suspension of the 1998 Mitsubishi Galant absorbs bumps rather easily, resulting in a smooth and stable ride at highway speeds. The car has good handling characteristics, too. It handles sharp corners with ease, and the steering is precise enough to given drivers a strong sense of confidence while driving the Galant.

Safety

The 1998 Mitsubishi Galant earned four stars for driver and passenger safety during frontal impact collision tests from the NHTSA. It also gave the car a mediocre three out of five stars for driver and rear passenger safety during side-impact collision tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi Galant, manual transmission: 23/30 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Galant, automatic transmission: 22/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Good ride quality
  • Good build quality
  • Well-designed car

You Won't Like

  • Poor rear visibility
  • No V-6 engine yet

Sum Up

A city car that stands out from the crowd.

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