The Mitsubishi Galant was first introduced in 1969 and is still in production. The name Galant comes from the French word for chivalry. The Galant began as a compact and was produced in Japan by the Japanese automaker. By 1993, Mitsubishi opened a plant in the United States, and by 1996, the Galant had become a midsize car. Body styles have included the four-door sedan, five-door hatchback, two-door hardtop, four-door hardtop, and five-door wagon.
The first generation models were made from 1969 to 1973 as a compact four-door or two-door sedan or a station wagon with a variety of small four-cylinder models. The second generation cars were made from 1973 to 1976 with similar body styles and a slightly upgraded engine. The third and fourth generation models spanned 1976 to 1987 continuing the former body styles and powertrain options but with slightly more power. The fifth-generation Galant models eliminated the hatchback and expanded the engines to include a V-6. The sixth generation, made from 1987 to 1993, brought back a five-door hatchback model but eliminated the V-6 for a turbocharged four-cylinder on the upper end. The next generation was made from 1992 to 1998 and had similar profiles and layouts but with a more modern design. The top-end engine was given more power, a two-liter V-6 turbo. The eighth generation was built from 1996 to 2003 with another restyling of the exterior and a three-liter V-6 option.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.8-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual, five-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual
Models: Mitsubishi Galant DE, Mitsubishi Galant ES, Mitsubishi Galant SE, Mitsubishi Galant GTS V6, Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart V6
The 2007 models are several horses more powerful on the V-6 engines. Safety features are added, including standard side curtain airbags. The exterior receives some design modifications as well.
The grille is redesigned as a single piece instead of the split version. The profile is smooth with a gradual curve from the hood to the cockpit and back to the shortened back-end, popular among sedans for these model years. The ES models and up have an upgraded exterior and the GTS and Ralliart models add fog lights. Sixteen-inch wheels are standard, while the GTS gets 17-inch alloy wheels and the Ralliart gets 18-inch alloy wheels. The Ralliart model also gets a tighter suspension and other upgrades, including a mesh grille and two-tone bumpers.
The Mitsubishi Galant’s center console has been modified slightly after 2006 models to make way for an optional navigation system. Outside of this, most of the controls remain the same for some time, with a clean dash and a centrally-located control panel. The car has a three-spoke steering wheel and is available in a few different trim options.
Some standard accessories include remote entry and CD player. The ES models get a metal type trim and cruise control. The GTS has leather seats and an eight-way power driver seat. The Ralliart has an upgraded stereo and automatic climate control.
Performance & Handling
The smaller, four-cylinder engines might struggle during high-speed passing and while merging onto quickly-moving highways. All models are comfortable and responsive.
Standard airbags on the 2007 Mitsubishi Galant include the required front airbags, side-impact, and side curtain. The top three trims—ES, GTS, and Ralliart models—have anti-lock brakes standard. Electronic stability is not available.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Galant DE, ES, SE: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Galant GTS V6: 16/25 mpg city/highway
- Transmission performance
- Power of V-6
- Convenient driving
- Number of standard features
You Won't Like
- Control layout
- Cargo space
- Backseats don’t fold down
- Electronic stability not available
Decent midsize sedan priced well for the number of standard features and powerful engine options available.
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