There was a time when the Galant from Mitsubishi was a car to be considered when shopping for a mid-sized sedan. They were fairly sport, fairly stylish, and could even be found with what was at the time, advanced technology, in the form of the Turbocharged, all-wheel drive VR4 from the 1980’s. Times have changed a great deal since then, but the Galant has not. It lacks much of the inspiration that has gone into class leading models and has now been surpassed in virtually all respects by the competition. It’s most recent generation came off the factory floor in 2004.
While there have been some performance oriented engines available over the years, such as the 258 HP V-6 of 2007, the current Galant is only offered with the companies anemic 2.4 liter four cylinder, making 160 HP. The fact that its fuel economy is only middling does nothing to help correct the lack of power. Still the Galant can seat 5 and return 30mpg on the highway. It seems likely that a new Galant will be making its way to our shores in the near future.
Engine: 2.4L I-4
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Models: ES, SE
A new silver-painted mesh grille adds some pizzazz to the Galant’s nose. The top-of-the-line SE model receives standard 18-inch alloy wheels, a color-keyed rear spoiler, and a chrome exhaust finisher. For added value, the SE now boasts a navigation/backup camera package that features Mitsubishi’s multi-communication system with a seven-inch touch-screen LCD, DVD-based navigation with lane guidance, and a backup camera
Despite an update for the 2009 model year, the blocky Galant is not exactly a styling standout in its segment. Nevertheless, Mitsubishi has tried to keep its midsize sedan fresh with such cues as color-keyed door handles and available 18-inch alloys.
Although long in tooth, the Galant remains roomy, with 101.0 cubic-feet of interior volume. The well-equipped SE offers automatic climate control, power driver seat, 650-watt audio, navigation, backup camera, and illuminated glove box.
The Galant, riding on a front strut/rear multi-link suspension, is equipped with a 160 horsepower, 2.4-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine that features Mitsubishi’s MIVEC variable valve timing. Mated to a four-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control, the 2.4 provides average acceleration but does deliver a respectable 30 mpg on the highway. In zero-emission states, Mitsubishi offers a 155-horse PZEV-rated 2.4-liter.
Galant’s safety net includes a host of passive equipment, including dual-stage front, front seat-mounted side, and front/rear curtain airbags. Of course, Mitsu’s family hauler has myriad dynamic technology, notably anti-lock brakes and stability and traction control.
ES, SE: 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway
- 30 mpg on the highway
- Roomy interior
- Feature-laden SE
- Subpar city fuel economy
- No V-6 or turbo
- Frumpy styling
- Four-speed automatic
Old player in progressive league
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Ford Fusion
- Honda Accord
- Nissan Altima
- Toyota Camry