During the Industrial Revolution of the late 1800s and early 1900s, companies all over the world discovered the benefits of the latest available technology both in terms of creating more efficient plants, as well as making more money. The automotive industry was certainly one to take advantage of the situation. In Japan, none was as quick off the mark as Mitsubishi. This company was started in 1870 as a heavy industrial plant and it wasn’t long before an automotive division was developed. By 1917, the new auto division released its first car, the Mitsubishi Model A, for consumer approval.
Shortly after, the Mitsubishi Motors side of the company continued to make high-quality cars, trucks, buses, and other vehicle lines. In 1970, the company began to install authorized Mitsubishi dealerships in the U.S. By 2012, the United States is home to over 720 Mitsubishi dealers. The company also underwent a metamorphosis in 2003 when its leaders separated the automotive division into its own company.
More on the Mitsubishi Galant
Mitsubishi still offers a wide range of vehicles in the U.S. Among the various styles, the Galant is often a favorite.About the Mitsubishi Galant
The Mitsubishi Galant is recognized for its affordability. It falls into the midsize sedan class and is especially designed to appeal to families. It's also considered to be a good choice for anyone looking for reasonable pricing and moderate space. The Mitsubishi Galant isn’t known to win any beauty contests, however. Its exterior design is rather uninspired and bland, especially when compared to some of its competitors. There is nothing wrong with the body style; it simply does little to draw attention to itself.
The Galant is also known for providing little space for drivers and passengers in the rear seats. This lack of head and legroom makes the Galant a difficult choice for anyone with older children or those who often travel with passengers. The front seats offer more space, but it can still be a tight fit for a taller than average person. Especially in the early years of the fifth generation, the Galant also suffered from its rather weak powertrain. Most industry experts suggest there are better options in the midsize sedan range regardless of the Galant’s affordable pricing.Mitsubishi Galant Features
Mitsubishi released a new version of the Galant in the 2012 model year. This edition was updated in an attempt to catch up with the competition’s style, space, and fuel economy. The new Galant is available in a couple of different trim levels: the ES and the top-of-the-line SE.
The Galant ES base model has been equipped with some nice basics, such as air-conditioning, power locks and windows, and a CD player. However, power isn’t a huge asset in this sedan. It is equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission and a four-cylinder engine with little in the way of impressive horsepower or torque.
The SE model has a little more going for it. It is outfitted with the same 2.4-liter, four-cylinder motor and four-speed transmission as the base model. There are no additional choices in either trim level. This version does offer more comfort features, however. The SE has alloy wheels, a rearview camera, and automatic climate control. Buyers also have the option of adding leather seats and remote ignition.Mitsubishi Galant Evolution
The fifth generation Mitsubishi Galant is the one most likely to appear on used car showroom floors and is considered to be a good option for used car buyers. This generation was introduced in the 2004 model year. At that time, the Galant had a few more trim levels and options than it did later in the generation.
During the 2004 to 2006 model years, the Galant is available in four trim levels, including the DE, SE, LS, and GTS. The DE and SE trim levels are offered with the standard four-cylinder motor and offer little in the way of power, off the line acceleration, or good handling. The LS and GTS editions Galant have a bit more in the way of power with a V-6 engine capable of 230 hp.
In 2007 Mitsubishi discontinued the Galant’s LS version. For this model year, the Galant features a 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 258 hp. The next few years resulted in Mitsubishi dropping the trim level options down to two and going back to the smaller four-cylinder motor.