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2008 Mitsubishi Galant Review
A family sedan with style and class.
Reviewed by Automotive on
The Mitsubishi Galant is a surprising addition to the sea of sedans on the market. Mitsubishi has released a sedan that is not only affordable but has style and class that trumps the competition. The V-6 engine on the top-of-the-line Raillart, as well as some of the interior design, will have consumers think twice before buying that Honda Accord or Nissan Altima.
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic with auto manual control
Models: Mitsubishi Galant DE, Mitsubishi Galant ES, Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart
The Mitsubishi Galant GTS trim is no longer available in 2008. The features used in the GTS are now divided among the remaining trim lines. The SE four-cylinder model is no longer available.
The Mitsubishi Galant is a fairly standard looking sedan with several curves, and a domed roof. It has a bit of a distinctive grille, however, and some added flair that makes it pretty attractive to the eye. The DE and ES lines have 16-inch wheels while the DE has steel and the ES has alloy wheels. The ES has a sports package that includes a rear spoiler and other interior features. The Raillart trim line adds a few extra features and has 18-inch alloy wheels, larger brakes, a specially designed front and rear fascia, and heated side mirrors.
The Mitsubishi Galant has a very stylish and classy interior. The dash has an elegant curve highlighted by blue backlighting, big white gauges, as well as metallic and wood grain accents for an added touch of class. The controls are big and easy to use. There is a center display screen that allows you to work the controls and is also available as a navigation touch screen device. As with all other Mitsubishi vehicles in the 2008 model year, the Gallant suffers due to some plastic materials creeping into the interior design.
Space inside the vehicle is very spacious for the front and back. The seating is very cushy, with lots of spring. For those wanting a firmer seat, go with the Raillart. There is a little less room in the trunk than the competition, only 13.3 cubic feet, about two cubes less than the standard. There is a ski pass through, but no folding seats. Standard features on the DE model include cloth upholstery, air-conditioning, tilt steering wheel, power accessories, keyless entry, and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player. The ES offers everything the DE does, but adds cruise control and a six-speaker stereo system with MP3 capabilities. The ES sports package includes a faux-leather wrapped steering wheel and steering wheel audio controls. The Raillart adds an automatic climate control, eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, red stitching on the seats, and aluminum pedals.
Performance & Handling
The Mitsubishi Galant DE and ES trim lines are equipped with 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 160 horsepower and 157 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. The Raillart has an upgraded 3.8-liter V-6 engine that produces 258 horsepower with 258 lb-ft torque. The engine is wed with a five-speed automatic with auto manual control. The Mitsubishi Galant is a fun car to drive, one of the best sedans out there. The V-6 has a lot of torque and loves to burst off the line. The Raillart can go zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. There is a lot of road feel in the driver’s seat that really draws you into the driving experience. The steering is also very responsive. The ride quality is also smooth and exhilarating.
Except the DE, all Mitsubishi Galant trim lines come with anti-lock disc brakes. Every sedan comes with front-seat side airbags and curtain airbags that run the length of the vehicle. The Raillart also has traction control, and like all 2008 Mitsubishi models, all are missing stability control. The NHTSA gave the Mitsubishi Galant five out of five stars for front and side impacts. The IIHS also gave its top score of ""good"" for front and side impacts.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Galant Raillart V-6: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Ride quality and handling is well-balanced
- V-6 engine
- Nice looking cabin
- Excellent safety ratings
- Rockford Fosgate sound system
You Won't Like
- Stability control and manual transmission is missing
- Cheap interior plastic materials
- Rear seat doesn’t fold
A family sedan with style and class.
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