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2011 Mitsubishi Galant

  • 2011 Mitsubishi Galant ES Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      160/157
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,599
  • 2011 Mitsubishi Galant SE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      160/157
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $23,999
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2011 Mitsubishi Galant Review

The 2011 Mitsubishi Galant does not score well in terms of performance or looks, but it retains the reliability of the Mitsubishi marquee. The car is reliable, so long as it is properly maintained.

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Overview

The 2011 Mitsubishi Galant is a slightly larger midsized four-door sedan that is produced by Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Motors in its Normal, Illinois assembly line. Production of the car began in the U.S. in 1993, with the first vehicle rolling off the assembly line on May 24 of the same year. However, the real history of the Galant can be traced all the way back to 1969. Until 1994, the vehicle was sold under various disguises by Plymouth and Dodge and was available as an export.

As a family sedan, the 2011 Mitsubishi Galant is meant to appeal to one of the largest customer bases in the country. However, it can only really appeal to those who give greater preference to predictability and reliability than to style and performance. With a meager 160-hp engine underneath its hood, the 2011 Mitsubishi Galant is one of the least powerful cars in its segment.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Galant is available in two trim levels: base level ES, and top-end SE.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: ES, SE

What's New

  • The previous incarnations of the Mitsubishi Galant had a sporty image, but this was subdued starting in 1994, with the introduction of the Lancer Evolution. The 2011 Mitsubishi Galant looks considerably different from its 1994 version.
  • Power sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a garage door opener are now standard features for the SE trim
  • Leather upholstery is now available as an option for the SE
  • All models get a chrome beltline accent
  • Slightly reduced height

Exterior

While the Mitsubishi Galant was initially released as a European-style sedan, its exterior is growing severely outdated. The exterior design has not been touched since its full redesign seven years ago, and it is due for an upgrade. With its inability to match new releases from competing manufacturers, it is difficult to find anything positive to say about the exterior of this dated sedan.

Interior

The Galant has never been a very roomy sedan, but the 2011 model is considerably better than older generations, thanks to its large size. The trunk is one of the biggest in its class, with 13.3 cubic feet of space to spare. The rear seat does not fold, but it does have a ski pass-through.

The ES models of the 2011 Mitsubishi Galant of this sedan come with certain standard features like 16-inch wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, six-speaker stereo system with auxiliary input and CD player, tilt-only steering wheel, and driver’s seat-height adjustment.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Galant SE comes with the same features as the ES, as well as other features. The additional features on the SE trim Galant include heated front seats, touch-screen navigation system, eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control system, and color LCD screen on the inside. On the outside, the Galant SE comes with heated mirrors, rear spoiler, fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a backup camera.

The top-end Galant SE is also fitted with an improved eight-speaker audio system with satellite radio and a six-CD changer. The car also came with an optional Leather package that includes leather upholstery, along with several dealer-installed accessories like remote engine start and iPod interface.

Performance & Handling

Both trim levels of the 2011 Mitsubishi Galant remain the same under the hood, with a 2.4-liter straight-four engine attached to a rather primitive four-speed automatic. The engine delivered a shockingly low 160 hp of power and 157 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is also unexceptional with a rating of 21/30 mpg city/highway.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Galant is relatively larger than previous generations, which increases its weight but provides interior space. The straight-four engine from the previous generation is upgraded as well, although the displacement remains the same, at 2.4 liters. The V-6 engine, which was part of the powertrain in previous versions, was discontinued for the 2011 Mitsubishi Galant.

Another positive aspect of the 2011 Mitsubishi Galant is that it delivers a surprisingly good performance in spite of the underpowered engine. The ride and handling of the car is very good, and it can corner quite well despite the lack of torque. The ride itself is smooth and the car feels smaller than it actually is. Overall, the Galant is quite fun to drive, but it lacks the refinement, features, and modern exterior and interior styling that is present in most other sedans.

Safety

All versions come with safety features like antilock brakes, stability control, side curtain airbags, and front side airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

2011 Mitsubishi Galant: 21/30 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • SE trim has long list of standard features
  • Confident handling and performance

You Won't Like

  • Interior cabin design is very outdated
  • Panels can be difficult to read at times
  • Build quality of the dash is also not much, with many low-grade plastics in sight.
  • Other commonly problematic parts in the car include the AC drain and front wheel bearings.

Sum Up

The 2011 Mitsubishi Galant does not score well in terms of performance or looks, but it retains the reliability of the Mitsubishi marquee. The car is reliable, so long as it is properly maintained.

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