In the 1980s the Mitsubishi Galant was known for its sporty dynamic in both styling and ride. Unfortunately, for most of the past two decades, the Galant has spiraled downward. The current-generation Galant was introduced in 2004, and perhaps the Galant misplaced the memo about it being 2012, because styling hasn't progressed much since then.
Considering that we're now on our third Toyota Camry since the current Galant was introduced, it's not surprising that Mitsubishi's delay in updating the Galant's style has translated into low sales figures, and it's not on many shopping lists these days. A meek 2.4-liter inline-4 engine offers a back-of-the-pack 160 horsepower, and its ancient four-speed automatic transmission isn't helping the Galant's case either.
Still, Mitsubishi continues to throw the Galant out and watch to see who, if anyone will bite. If the Galant has positive attributes, it'd be the spacious interior. And the fact that you can probably get a killer price from Mitsubishi dealers anxious to get rid of the car.
Body style: Sedan
Engine: 2.4-liter inline-4
Transmission: four-speed automatic
Models: ES, SE
The Galant receives no new changes for 2012 after adding the SE trim and leather as an option for the 2011 model year.
The Galant can be dressed in either ES or SE models, with features varying on each model. The base ES gets 16-inch steel wheels and not much more outside while the SE has a few more toys, but not too many. Eighteen-inch wheels and a sunroof are the most noticeable exterior features. The current styling dates back to a mild revision from the 2009 model year, but three years later it looks dated.
Step inside the Galant's interior and it becomes evident everything is outdated. If a center console dunked in silver paint is wrong the Galant doesn't want to be right. A dated sound system and controls aren't good, either. A steering wheel that doesn't telescope is the least of this sedan's worries. However it isn't all doom and gloom inside the Galant as real estate isn't an issue. The seats are also quite comfortable and trunk space on just one shot under par with the rest of the segment.
Performance & Handling
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is the Galant's only option for motivation and comes paired with a four-speed automatic gearbox. The sleepy engine is rated at 160 horsepower and falls far behind competition in the segment. The EPA tabs fuel economy at a respectable 21 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway.
Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, front side and side curtain airbags, and stability control. Since 2007 the Galant has received a score of "good" in crash testing conducted by the Institute of Insurance for Highway Safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
ES, SE: 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway
- Highway fuel economy
- Feature-laden SE
You Won't Like
- No V-6 or turbo
Falling behind the competition -- fast
If You Like This Vehicle
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- Toyota Camry