The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant occupies a crowded class, offers a number of impressive qualities, but isn’t a class leader because of some nagging drawbacks. Pluses include performance, comfort, and an impressive balance between handling and ride quality. The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant offers many features, yet it lacks some material quality. The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant seems to fall in the middle of the midsize family sedan pack while other brands steal the spotlight.
Body Styles: Sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter inline-four, 3.8-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with manual shift capability, five-speed automatic with manual shift capability
Models: Galant ES, Galant Sport Edition, Galant Sport V6, Galant Ralliart
For 2009, the Mitsubishi Galant no longer offers the DE trim level, but two new trim levels are added: Sport Edition and Sport V6. The 230-horsepower V-6 returns for the Sport V6 version. Bluetooth connectivity and a rear-view camera comprise the new options.
The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant comes in four trim levels: ES, Sport Edition, Sport V6, and Ralliart. The base ES comes with 16-inch steel wheels, while the Sport Edition adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, and a sunroof. The Sport V6 is a Sport Edition with a V-6 engine, hence the name. The Galant Ralliart marks a Sport Edition with such added features as 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, exterior styling enhancements, and larger brakes.
Depending on the buyer’s point of view, the 2009 Mitsubishi Galant's exterior can be described as either bland or traditional. It seems that with most buyers, even in this sedate class, a little bit of flair, uniqueness, or style is preferred.
Unlike the exterior, the 2009 Mitsubishi Galant's interior looks stylish and contemporary. The only complaint here concerns the use of lower quality materials.
For features, the ES comes with air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, full power accessories, cruise control, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD/MP3 player. The Sport Edition and Sport V6 add even more goodies. The Ralliart has a few more items, plus an optional navigation system.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant uses front-drive no matter the model. It offers three engine choices. The ES and Sport Edition make use of a 2.4-liter, inline-four engine that generates 160 horsepower and 157 lb-ft of torque. Both models run power through a four-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability. The Sport V6 features a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine with 230 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque matched to a five-speed automatic that also features manual shift capability. The Ralliart gets a 3.8-liter V-6 with an increased output of 258 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
In performance testing, the Ralliart goes from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. This compares well to class leaders. The other engines and models offer basic performance and sprint times don’t exactly provide a selling point, but properly equipped, the 2009 Mitsubishi Galant offers some performance-based thrills.
Handling marks another 2009 Mitsubishi Galant positive. The driver’s seat and steering are surprisingly road-communicative. The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant handles curves like a smaller car and overall gives a well above average drive for a family sedan. Even more remarkable, the performance and handling do not come at the cost of ride quality, as Mitsubishi manages to strike an impressive balance between handling and ride comfort.
A 17.7 gallon fuel tank lets the four-cylinder 2009 Mitsubishi Galant models travel 354 city miles and 478 highway miles. V-6 equipped models can travel 283 city miles and 425 highway miles on a full tank of gas.
For safety features, all 2009 Mitsubishi Galant models come with anti-lock disc brakes, front side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. The Ralliart model offers traction control as a standard feature. It should be noted that the 2009 Mitsubishi Galant lacks stability control, a noticeable oversight for this car class.
In various government crash tests the Galant gets top scores across the board, earning five out of five stars and the highest rating of ""Good"" where applicable.
EPA Fuel Economy
Galant four-cylinder : 20/27 mpg city/highway
Galant V-6: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- V-6 power
- Ralliart model sportiness
- Rear seat space
- Sound system
- Balance between ride quality and handling
You Won't Like
- No stability control
- No manual transmission option
- Ralliart runs on premium fuel
- Cheap interior materials
- Outdated exterior looks
A respectable vehicle overshadowed by competition.
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