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2003 Mitsubishi Galant

  • 2003 Mitsubishi Galant DE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/155
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,857
  • 2003 Mitsubishi Galant ES Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      195/205
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $20,137
  • 2003 Mitsubishi Galant GTZ Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      195/205
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $24,637
  • 2003 Mitsubishi Galant LS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/155
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,317
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2003 Mitsubishi Galant Review

A nice family sedan that needs more back seat room and refinement.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2003 Mitsubishi Galant is an attractive family sedan designed to meet the basic needs of a family. Since its inception, it has spent most of its time on the outskirts of the family sedan market. It is historically under powered and burdened by a small back seat as well. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have its selling points. These cars are almost always affordably priced, have an attractive body design, and come equipped with a long list of standard features. It would make an excellent used car purchase for the family looking for reliable, if uninspired, transportation.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Galant DE, Mitsubishi Galant ES, Mitsubishi Galant ES V-6, Mitsubishi Galant LS, Mitsubishi Galant LS V-6, Mitsubishi Galant GTZ V-6

What's New

The 2003 Mitsubishi Galant LS models are equipped with traction control. Additionally, the ES offers the optional ""Sun and Sound"" package, which includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, and a 210-watt Infinity sound system.

Exterior

The 2003 Mitsubishi Galant is attractive and features distinctive good looks and an impressive road presence. The front end looks a bit like a sports car with small, deeply set headlights, and a narrow grille. The hood slopes elegantly back to the windshield and roof. The sides are accented with modern lines and the rear end is nicely squared. Depending on the trim level, it rides around on 15- or 16-inch alloy wheels. Mitsubishi offered its sedan in several attractive colors, including Sherwood Green Pearlescent, Titanium Pearlescent, and Chrome Blue Pearlescent.

Interior

The 2003 Mitsubishi Galant lacks rear seat space. However, it's a well-appointed, comfortable sedan. Most of the trim levels feature cloth bucket seats in the front. Only the GTZ V-6 has leather, height adjustable seats with a lumbar support system. The lower trim levels are equipped with power accessories, such as door locks and windows. These models also have front and rear cabin cup holders and lots of internal storage space thanks to the center console and front door pockets. Of course, no one wants to drive around without some entertainment, so Mitsubishi added in a single CD playing AM/FM 140-watt stereo with four speakers as well.

The 2003 Mitsubishi Galant's upper trim levels are similarly equipped with some minor differences. The GTZ V-6 is equipped with a tilt adjustable, leather steering wheel, as well as leather trim on the shift knob. The stereo system is upgraded as well and offers seven speakers. It comes from Infinity and produces 210 watts.

Performance & Handling

There isn’t much to say about the 2003 Mitsubishi Galant in terms of performance. It has historically been out-powered by the competition, and this model year is no exception, even with the new V-6 engine option. On the bright side, it is a reliable model and does have impressive handling abilities. It reacts reasonably well on the highway. The important thing is to remember not to expect too much from this model. Demanding drivers would be better off looking elsewhere for a higher performance family sedan.

Safety

For a family sedan, the 2003 Mitsubishi Galant offers several vital safety features. It is equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes as well as ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes. It is also equipped with dual front side mounted airbags and child safety seat anchors, and offers rear door child safety locks as an additional precaution. The GTZ V-6 model is the only trim level to feature traction control as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi Galant, 2.4-liter four-cylinder: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Galant, 3.0-liter V-6: 18/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Responsive handling
  • Lots of standard features
  • Attractive price
  • Good looking exterior

You Won't Like

  • Back seat is too small
  • No manual transmission available
  • Less power under the hood than competitors

Sum Up

A nice family sedan that needs more back seat room and refinement.

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