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2002 Mitsubishi Galant

  • 2002 Mitsubishi Galant DE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/155
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,707
  • 2002 Mitsubishi Galant ES Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      195/205
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $20,417
  • 2002 Mitsubishi Galant GTZ Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      195/205
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $24,157
  • 2002 Mitsubishi Galant LS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/155
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,117
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2002 Mitsubishi Galant Review

Good value and great handling, but not any better than the competition.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The Galant is Mitsubishi’s top-selling sedan as of 2002. It is available in four trims: DE, ES, LS, and GTZ. All models come with a standard 2.4-liter, single overhead cam (SOHC), four-cylinder engine, but the LS and GTZ trims can also be equipped with a 3.0liter, SOHC, V-6 engine. Beginning in 1999, it adopted an exterior style that is reminiscent of the BMW and it includes a lot of standard features. All models have a four-speed automatic transmission and front drive.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines; 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Galant DE, Mitsubishi Galant ES, Mitsubishi Galant LS, Mitsubishi Galant GTZ

What's New

The 2002 Mitsubishi Galant got a restyled interior and exterior and improvements to safety features. The LS model is new and it has a standard sunroof and optional leather upholstery. All four trims have larger front ventilated disc brakes and an emergency interior trunk release. The LS V-6 and GTZ V-6 got new wheels. The audio system got a new faceplate, and the gauge cluster was redesigned.

Exterior

Exterior features for the 2002 Mitsubishi Galant RS include 15-inch steel wheels, variable intermittent windshield wipers, remote trunk release, rear defogger, power locks, and power windows. The ES trim adds remote power door locks. The LS trim replaces the steel wheel with alloy wheels, and adds a power glass sunroof. The GTZ trims replace the 15-inch alloy wheels with 16-inch wheels. It is smaller than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, but only by a little. The exterior is sportier than the average mid-size sedan, but it is still a bit dated even after a restyling of the grille and taillights. The door handles are harder to grasp because buyers have to flip their hand upside down like most other pre-2000 models. The more modern handles that are featured on other cars only require that they stick their hand through the opening.

Interior

The interior standard features for the 2002 Mitsubishi Galant De include air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, tilting steering wheel, four-speaker CD stereo, and 12-volt power outlets. The ES adds a split-folding rear seat, cruise control, and speed-sensitive power steering. The LS adds leather-trimmed tilting steering wheel, and an upgraded Infinity premium brand seven-speaker CD stereo system. The LS V-6 and GTZ models have power driver’s seats. The controls are easy to reach and well-marked. The overall dashboard design is clean, simple, and plain. The interior materials are subpar and the trunk lid and doors vibrate when they are slammed shut. The front seats are comfortable and head and legroom is adequate. The rear seat is only wide enough to comfortably seat two people. Rear visibility is hampered because the rear end of the car is high. The DE model is the only one to not have a split-folding rear seat; it only has a single folding bench seat.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Mitsubishi Galant RS and GS models are equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 140 horsepower and 158 lb-ft of torque. The GT is powered by a supercharged, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that makes 200 horsepower and 205 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated with a four-speed automatic transmission and front drive. It has four-wheel independent suspension system with MacPherson strut front/multi-link rear suspension. Both engines with the automatic transmission run smoothly. The V-6 gives better power in mid-range because of the higher torque. Acceleration is adequate from the four-cylinder engine and decent from the V-6 engine. The GTZ clocked in at 8.3 seconds when sprinting from zero to 60 mph. The ride is comfortable and controlled, although the rear end hops slightly over large bumps. The GTZ is a bit rougher when driving over bumpy roads because of the tighter sport-tuned suspension. Steering is accurate and quick. Handling is very good with very little body lean in hard cornering. The engine and wind noise is muffled well, but the tire noise is noticeable over rough roads.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2002 Mitsubishi Galant include child seat anchors, dual front airbags, automatic delay-off headlights, ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes, emergency interior trunk release, engine immobilizer, and electronic brake force distribution. The ES trim adds front fog lights. The LS and the ES equipped with the V-6 engine add anti-lock braking system (ABS) and has ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes. The GTZ adds traction control, which is optional on the other models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi Galant four-cylinder models: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Galant V-6 models: 17/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Attractive styling
  • Good, responsive steering
  • Very good handling
  • Lots of standard features
  • Comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • Cheap interior materials
  • Small back seat
  • No manual transmission available

Sum Up

Good value and great handling, but not any better than the competition.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Honda Accord
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Nissan Altima
  • Mazda 626
  • Toyota Camry

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