2007 mitsubishi galant review

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First, a confession: As we wandered toward the new-for Galant Ralliart, which Mitsubishi proudly calls a "sports sedan," we were prepared to be underwhelmed. Come on, how sporty can a front-wheel-drive, mid-size sedan be? We figured we'd brave the inevitable torque steer and likely never think about the Galant again.

Remarkably Good

Imagine our surprise then, when we first toed into the Ralliart's throttle and it responded right now! In fact, the reaction is almost too quick—the average Camry driver would likely provoke the Gallant into a full-blown tire-spinning, traction-control-inducing launch—but once you respect the throttle, it's a good thing.

Hey, this sedan feels pretty strong, too, and, in fact, it is quick. At the track, we blasted to 60 mph in seconds and through the quarter-mile in , which is enough to outrun all four Vpowered mid-size sedans with automatics (Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, and previous-generation Toyota Camry) from the last comparo. This wasn't a total surprise, however, as the Ralliart is powered by a hp version of the liter V-6—an engine we've found to be quite vigorous in the Eclipse GT—which is 28 more horsepower than this V-6 makes in lesser Galants. The nearly pound Ralliart is a bit of a brute, though, outweighing that comparo-winning Accord by almost pounds. Despite packing more pounds than an Eclipse GT and available only with a five-speed automatic (instead of the Eclipse's five-speed manual), the Ralliart ties the last Eclipse we tested in the sprint to 60 mph.

We actually liked this meaty V-6 better in the Ralliart than in the Eclipse, crediting the Galant's extra mass and automatic transmission with alleviating some of the vicious torque steer the Eclipse GT is known for. But that unnerving steering-wheel tugging is still noticeable during aggressive acceleration in the Galant, which is pretty much the only way we drive. And accelerating after happening to stop with one of the front tires in gravel produces enough squealing wheelspin to attract gawkers.

However, the Ralliart can't keep up with an Accord V-6 manual or the V-6 versions of the new-for Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. And although Mitsubishi would like you to consider the Ralliart a Mazdaspeed 6 competitor, to us, that's a different, far-sportier animal, one we would classify as a sports sedan. The Mazda doesn't offer as much passenger space, but it's far quicker, has all-wheel drive, handles better, and doesn't cost much more, either.

Truly Sporty

Aside from the additional power, the Ralliart gets a much stiffer suspension, inch wheels and all-season tires, and slightly larger rear disc brakes. And it's the only Galant endowed with a rear anti-roll bar. The surprise is that the tuning actually collaborates to produce convincingly athletic behavior.

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Mitsubishi Galant

We could name a number of midsize, import-badge sedans that ride comfortably and quietly, handle responsively, and offer an optional V6 that provides ample power for passing. All feature roomy, nicely appointed cabin space, and all represent good value in the family-car market.

Mitsubishi Galant does all that, but offers sharp styling, the kind that turns heads in traffic. Not everyone will like what they see, but none of them will accuse the Galant of being a wallflower.

The current-generation Galant was launched as an all-new model for , and Mitsubishi has improved and refined it every year since then.

New for The Mitsubishi Galant brings a freshened look outside, improved materials inside, and revised suspension settings designed to provide greater comfort and a more engaging driving experience. The Galant GTS gets a new five-speed automatic transmission.

Also new for is a high-performance model called the Ralliart, with more horsepower, tighter handling, and sporty styling. Ralliart is Mitsubishi's motorsports arm and has been a dominant force in the World Rally Championship, which includes the Monte Carlo and other famous events, and cross country endurance raids, such as the Paris-Dakar Rally. Mitsubishi hopes the Galant Ralliart will challenge the Acura TSX and TL, as well as the MazdaSpeed6.

The Galant Ralliart seems a long way from the Galant VR4 rally cars so successful in the early s, but so what? The more we drove the Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart, the more we liked it. It struck us as a comfortable, big midsize sedan with some sports appeal. It isn't as agile as a MazdaSpeed6, but it's roomier and more comfortable. It certainly isn't as upscale or refined as an Acura, but it costs less. It's an easy car to live with that does not give up comfort or convenience for its added performance. At times, it reminded us of a Chevy Monte Carlo (yes, we know it's a two-door) and it seems nicer than a Pontiac G6. In any case, the Galant Ralliart was an enjoyable car that never annoyed us. And we're easily annoyed.

Galant has achieved across-the-board five-star ratings in the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offset-frontal and side-impact crash tests. The insurance industry's Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded Galant its highest ranking (&#;Good overall&#;) in its frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.

Model Lineup

The Mitsubishi Galant comes in four trim levels, but they are not the same four as last year. The upper-middle LS has been discontinued, the GTS slightly demoted, and the new Ralliart added at the top of the range.

Galant DE ($19,) and ES ($20,) are powered by a horsepower, liter four-cylinder engine and come standard with a four-speed automatic transmission. Mitsubishi's Sportronic system, which allows a semi-manual shifting when desired, is now standard on all Galants.

The DE comes with air conditioning; height-adjustable driver's seat; height-adjustable steering wheel; power windows, mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry; watt, four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo; rear-seat heater ducts; carpeted floor mats; and an engine immobilizer. Standard tires are P/60R16 all-season radials on steel wheels.

ES adds ABS with EBD, six-speaker stereo with MP3 playback, cruise control, and a more deluxe cloth interior with a driver's seatback pocket and sun visor extenders. Appearance upgrades include color-keyed exterior door handles, titanium interior accents, and ice-blue LED illumination for climate and stereo controls. ES options include the Sport Package ($1,) with inch alloy wheels, dark-bezel halogen headlamps, crystal ellipsoid rear lamps, a color-keyed rear spoiler, and the Ralliart's Rockford Acoustic Design audio with Sirius satellite radio. The ES Premium Package ($2,) adds leather seating surfaces, faux leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, power glass sunroof, auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink, and additional minor goodies.

GTS ($24,) features a hp, liter V6 and a five-speed automatic transmission with a Sportronic feature. GTS adds leather seating, faux leather and audio controls on the steering wheel, heated front seats with eight-way power for the driver, dark-bezel headlamps, fog lamps, and a tire-pressure monitor. The instrument panel features white-faced gauges and woodgrain accents. Front brakes are larger, while wheels and tires upgrade to /55R17s on inch rims. GTS options include the Sun and Sound package ($1,), which combines the power glass sunroof and Rockford Acoustic Design audio with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Homelink transmitter, a security alarm, and more.

Ralliart ($26,) is powered by a hp, liter V6, with a sports suspension, upgraded brakes, and larger wheels and tires. It comes with the five-speed Sportronic automatic. Ralliart has a unique look inside and out. Upholstery is perforated leather, and the pedals are aluminum. All of the GTS luxuries are standard, plus automatic climate control, a power glass sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, and a unique Rockford Acoustic Design audio system that includes the hardware for Sirius satellite radio plus a six-month subscription. Optional on Ralliart is a DVD navigation system with a seven-inch touch screen ($1,).

Safety features include dual-stage front airbags, side curtain air bags, and front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, and four-wheel disc brakes. All-wheel drive is not available. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution start with the ES model. A tire-pressure monitor comes on GTS and Ralliart models.

Walkaround

The Mitsubishi Galant makes a strong styling statement. Not everyone agrees on the success of the design, but there's no disputing it's different.

For , the styling has softened a bit, at least when viewed from the front, thanks to a more conventional chrome-outlined grille and a softer, simpler contour for the one-piece bumper and lower fascia. We're ambivalent about the grille but like the new bumper. Sculpted headlight housings still cover the forward edges of the front fenders. The Galant looks like it's grinning.

In profile, the Galant's long, wedgy stance avoids the boring box-on-box look commonly associated with conservative midsize sedans. The roofline picks up from the graceful sweep of the hood and arcs cleanly over perfectly proportioned side windows. Door handles integrate nicely into the design while providing an easy grasp, easier than that offered by an expensive Audi A8 we just drove. Wheel arches are mildly blistered and boldly circular, wrapping concentrically around the tires.

The deck lid seems truncated, as if it were abruptly chopped off when somebody realized it was getting too long to stay in balance with the front overhang. The aerodynamicists argue this works well in a wind tunnel, but on the street, it's a bit of a visual hiccup.

For , the rear bumper has been smoothed and rounded, which better integrates the front and rear of the car.

The Ralliart is distinguished by unique bumpers, which sport a flash of silver at the bottom, and by a mesh grille and projector-style, four-bulb ellipsoid headlamps. A color-keyed aerodynamics add heft to the side view, which is further enhanced by inch wheels. Ralliart tail lamps have clear lenses, which are integrated into the rear spoiler.

Interior Features

The Galant has a roomy, comfortable interior. The seats are supportive without being overly firm. The seats in the GTS seem to offer a bit more support because of their leather upholstery and additional adjustability. A dead pedal is provided and positioned well, giving the driver a place to brace the left leg when cornering or for reduced strain on long trips.

Roominess is comparable to that of the Chevrolet Malibu and the Nissan Altima, placing Galant among the roomiest sedans in the class. Galant matches the generous front legroom in the Honda Accord. While the Accord offers nearly an inch more headroom when comparing cars without a sunroof, when sunroofs are ordered the Galant scores more than a half-inch better than the Accord.

Visibility is good all around, notably to the rear quarters, thanks to slim C-pillars. The high beltline gives passengers a secure feeling.

The Galant is easy to operate. Controls are right-sized and easy to use, with knobs and buttons and rocker switches galore. The heating and air conditioning knobs are big and easy to operate even with gloves on. The AC indicator is hard to see in bright sunlight, however. At night the instruments are cobalt blue on black, and the audio panel features ice blue LED illumination (on all but DE). Keyless entry controls are integrated into the key, eliminating the need for a separate fob.

For , the Galant gets new inner door trim, a new knit-fabric headliner, and a redesigned steering wheel.

Quality of materials is decent, quite good for a Mitsubishi. The interior of the base DE model is quite plain. The ES adds bright titanium trim to the door handles, radio buttons, and the dashboard's accent panels; with a black metallic finish highlighting the center audio panel. Even so, the dash still has a clinical look, friendly to the eyes but cold and austere in presence.

Each door has a storage pocket. Two medium-size cup holders are molded into the front center console rearward of the shift gate; where dust, dirt and spilled liquids are likely to require regular wipe-ups.

Leather upholstery and color-coordinated wood accents give the GTS model a richer look. GTS offers a choice of black or Creme leather; with Creme you get Brownwood, while black-leather Galants come with Blackwood. Door armrests, door grips, the center console lid, and the seatbelts are all color-keyed as well.

Perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces come on the Ralliart, along with heated front seats and automatic climate control. We haven't tried the new navigation system, but even without it, Ralliart features a standard trip computer with a inch color LCD screen that displays outside temperature, compass heading, maintenance scheduling and other information; as well as functioning as an interface for customizing various interior conveniences.

The Rockford Acoustic Design premium audio system (standard in Ralliart, optional in ES and GTS) features a linear eight-channel amplifier that produces watts continuous at less than percent total harmonic distortion (THD). A dedicated channel drives each loudspeaker, including a pair of silk-dome tweeters mounted on the leading edge of the dash. Digital Signal Processing provides user-selectable listening environments, including Normal, Studio, Club and Concert.

The rear seat in all Galants is roomy, though the seating position is low and the bottom cushions could offer more thigh support. Rear-seat passengers enjoy decent headroom in spite of the dramatically sloping roofline.

The trunk is slightly smaller than what's found in the Accord, and the trunk opening is a bit restricted. Galant's rear seats cannot be folded down to extend cargo space.

Driving Impressions

The Mitsubishi Galant delivers a smooth, quiet ride, thanks largely to its stiff platform, wide stance and long wheelbase. Minimal noise leaks into the cabin, just a slight rumble from the tires and a discernible whistle from the mirrors at highway speeds.

The liter four-cylinder engine in the popular DE and ES models develops horsepower at rpm and pound-feet of torque at rpm, competitive figures for the class. It features Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and lift Electronic Control (MIVEC), which switches between two cam profiles for optimum power, response, and efficiency at high and low engine speeds. It's a sophisticated setup.

The four-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, although it does hunt a bit in hilly territory. In the normal mode, it shifts automatically. With the Sportronic feature, it can be switched into a semi-manual mode. It will not shift up or down automatically when in the manual mode, so the driver has full control over shifting.

The V6 in the GTS makes freeway merging easy. Passes on two-lane roads are completed without drama. The V6 is rated horsepower and pound-feet of torque, the latter one a substantial figure; torque is that force that propels the car from intersections and up hills. Premium fuel is recommended but not required.

V6 models come with electronic traction control, which can selectively apply the brakes at one or more wheels and/or reduce engine power to control wheel spin on uncertain surfaces. It's especially useful in the rain, but even in dry weather can eliminate annoying screeches when taking off from intersections. The new five-speed automatic transmission with Sportronic also features a manual override.

For its size and heft, the Galant feels decently planted on all but the most twisting roads. But with the arrival of the Ralliart, the GTS is being repositioned as a luxury model, and has surrendered its rear anti-roll bar. That means it will handle more like the base-level DE and ES.

The Ralliart handles well and rides nice, though it shouldn't be confused with an Audi S6. The Ralliart features higher-rate springs and dampers along with a larger, 21mm rear anti-roll bar (that has disappeared from the '07 GTS). The Ralliart model's P/45R18 all-season tires promise prodigious cornering grip and braking performance.

The Ralliart V6 uses the MIVEC variable-cam system and slightly higher compression ( vs. ) to boost its output to horsepower at rpm, and pound-feet of torque at It's a smooth, powerful engine. Mitsubishi says it develops pound-feet of torque at just rpm, which makes for a smooth, responsive engine when riding around town, yet it's not annoyingly jumpy with an overly sensitive throttle like some performance cars. Mitsubishi claims the Galant Ralliart can sprint from mph in about seven seconds, which is a fine performance.

Brake feel is solid and reassuring, but the Galant is not a light car. Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) come standard on all but the base model. EBD proportions braking pressure between the front and rear wheels depending on how the car is loaded, and adjusts stopping pressure dynamically as weight shifts forward under hard braking. The idea is to send the brake pressure to the wheels with the most weight on them, which is where it can do the most good. This gives the Galant stable braking performance.

Summary

The Mitsubishi Galant represents a viable alternative among mid-size sedans. It does everything reasonably well and is enjoyable to drive. Compare prices to the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and other cars in its class. The new Ralliart variation offers more aggressive styling and performance yet it's a comfortable, pleasant daily driver.

NewCarTestDrive correspondent Tom Lankard reported from San Francisco, with Mitch McCullough reporting from Los Angeles.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Mitsubishi Galant DE ($19,); ES ($20,); GTS ($24,); Ralliart ($26,)
Engines:hp liter sohc valve inline-4; hp liter sohc valve V6; hp liter sohc valve V6
Transmissions:4-speed Sportronic automatic; 5-speed Sportronic automatic
Safety equipment (standard):dual two-stage front airbags; seat-mounted side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; front seatbelt pre-tensioners and front passenger occupant sensors; LATCH universal child seat anchors; emergency inside trunk release
Safety equipment (optional):ABS with EBD, traction control, tire pressure monitor
Basic warranty:3 years/36, miles
Assembled in:Normal, Illinois
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Mitsubishi Galant GTS ($24,)
Standard equipment:air conditioning; cruise control; power 8-way adjustable driver seat with lumbar; leather seating surfaces; heated front seats; faux leather-wrapped steering wheel; power exterior mirrors, windows, central locking and remote trunk release; tilt steering wheel; 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with steering-wheel-mounted controls; tire-pressure monitor; inch alloy wheels with /55 all-season tires; trunk lamp; trunk access pass-through; and two accessory power outlets
Options as tested (MSPR):Sun & Sound Package ($1,) includes W Rockford Acoustic Design premium audio with 6-disc CD/MP3 changer, Sirius Satellite Radio with 6 month service, alarm, power glass sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, sunglass holder, front map lights, lighted vanity mirror, Homelink;
Destination charge:$
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:liter sohc valve V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm): @
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm): @
Transmission:5-speed automatic Sportronic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:18/27 mpg
Wheelbase: in.
Length/width/height:// in.
Track, f/r:/ in.
Turning circle: ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:// in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:// in.
Cargo volume: cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link, coil springs
Ground clearance: in.
Curb weigth: lbs.
Tires:P/55R17
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/solid disc with ABS and EBD
Fuel capacity: gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of March 18, Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: - www.mitsubishicars.com
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Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart review: Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart

Set on making affordable performance cars, Mitsubishi takes its Camry-competitor Galant sedan and tunes it up to create the Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart. The company saw great success tuning its Lancer into the Evo rally car and attempts, but fails, to give its Galant the same kind of cachet.

The Galant Ralliart gets Mitsubishi's Ralliart emblems placed on and in the car, and it earns those emblems with a stiffened and sport-tuned suspension and a liter V-6 making horsepower. This engine gives the car a quick push off the line, but its front-wheel drive creates massive torque steer. This car would have been much more impressive if it had also gotten the all-wheel-drive system Mitsubishi puts in the Evo. As a comparison, Mitsubishi's rally car competitor Subaru makes the all-wheel drive Legacy GT spec.B.

Beyond its sport trappings, the Galant Ralliart also comes with a rowdy Rockford stereo, complete with a six-disc MP3 CD capable changer and Sirius satellite radio. Our test car also came with the navigation package, which makes its presence known with an LCD screen.

The Galant Ralliart's body probably inspires a love-it or hate-it reaction. We love it. The curved cabin is nothing special, but its front and rear give it an aggressive appeal, with a few concept car notes thrown in. A massive air intake sits below the grille, while the whole front end is raked forward. Headlights and taillights have European-style covers, with the translucent taillight covers reaching over the rear lip and molded to continue the rear spoiler across the entire back of the car.

Test the tech: Ferrari rally
Because this Galant has the Ralliart trim level, we immediately thought back to that magical summer of , when we got to drive the Ferrari rally in Northern California. Fortunately, we still had the route book from that memorable event sitting around the office, so we decided to follow its course in the Galant Ralliart. Now, this was in no way a real rally event, as we didn't have people checking our times or any competition. But we did take the Galant Ralliart over the same roads we had driven in an F

We dug out our Ferrari rally route book to test the Galant Ralliart.

Our course started at the Meadowood Resort in Napa Valley. Unfortunately, we set out on a Saturday, when the roads around Napa are full of limos and private cars carrying people from winery to winery. This kind of traffic can be fairly hazardous, but it only affected our driving times and not our car. The first segment of the rally course took us by a big event at some winery, where we sat in slow traffic as people parked all alongside the road. We were happy to see that two California Highway Patrol officers were stuck directing traffic, taking it to mean they wouldn't be waiting for us along some more fun stretch of road.

Once clear of that segment of our faux rally, we got to the fun stuff. The designers of this rally course mapped out some great roads, and we were soon wheeling into the mountains, Lake Hennessey on our right and the twisty stuff dead ahead. Out on the Lower Chiles Valley Road, we really got to see how the Galant Ralliart handled. This part of the course has lots of sharp turns over dips and rises, making for a real challenging drive.

The steering is mostly neutral, with just a bit of understeer, while the suspension feels appropriately stiff for these conditions. At the top of a rise, we had to quickly assess what line to follow on the newly revealed curves, and the car generally helped us out. The throttle was responsive enough to shoot us through the twists, and the transmission did okay without us having to resort to its shiftable Sportronic mode.

The trip computer recorded our times and average speed for segments of the rally course.

But portions of this course had some rough pavement, and one gravelly section taught us the limits of the Galant Ralliart's traction. No, we didn't lose it off the side of the road, but we were inclined to take it a bit easy after one loose traction moment. As mentioned above, this car would really benefit from the Evo's all-wheel-drive system, not to mention a nice six-speed manual gearbox. Other roads on the course that we particularly liked, and that you might want to check out if you're in the Napa/Sonoma area, are Franz Valley Road, Chalk Hill Road, and Mountain House Road, off of Highway

Although we enjoyed our rally drive in the Galant Ralliart, we had to conclude that it doesn't drive like a Ferrari. But one cool function on the LCD not found in your average Ferrari is the Trip screen. One of its pages is set to record lap times. You can start it running, then hit lap whenever you pass a time checkpoint. It saves the lap data, which includes time, miles, average speed, and fuel economy, in a spreadsheet format. Too bad you can't download it into a computer.

In the cabin
Mitsubishi tries to make the interior of the Galant Ralliart as sporty as the outside, through the clever use of black materials, fake carbon fiber trim, and red stitching and perforations in the seats. But the seats are one of the first areas where the sporting theme falls short--the front buckets have barely any side bolstering and will let you slide all over the place during hard cornering. Although the material covering the dashboard has a bit of give, there's an inescapable feeling of plastic cheapness overall.

Because our car came with the navigation package, a touch screen LCD was mounted in a binnacle at the top of the stack. This placement generally works out very well. The screen is very visible and doesn't require you to look too far from the road. And a good-sized hood over the screen prevents the glare that this type of high position would usually cause. Our only problem was having to constantly stretch to reach the onscreen controls, which are just a bit too far away.

We like the display, but the font used for CD text is horrible.

We like the attempt at graphic design on the screens for most of the car functions, but were disappointed that it's only carried through halfway. All screens except navigation have a nice swirly blue background, but when you get down to information such as song names or Sirius satellite channels, the text looks as if they left it to the engineers.

The stereo itself comes from Rockford Fosgate, just as we've seen in the Mitsubishi Outlander and Eclipse. In the Galant Ralliart, as in the other cars, we found this system to be not particularly refined, but loud and rowdy. It has a great set of controls for adjusting the sound field, kicking up the subwoofer, and moving the sweet spot around the cabin. But its eight speakers put out a muddy midrange, dull highs, and a heavy bass that rattles the speakers at high volume.

There is no auxiliary audio input, but an iPod adaptor is available for $ The system comes prewired for Sirius satellite radio. The in-dash six-disc changer plays MP3 CDs and is very easy to navigate using the controls on the stack. The left knob controls volume, while the right lets you scroll through folders. This set-up works equally well when navigating Sirius satellite radio channels. These controls are supplemented with controls set into the backs of the nine and three o'clock spokes on the steering wheel. We found the steering wheel controls easy to use for volume and channel selection and like the way they were hidden away to preserve the clean look of the steering wheel.

The navigation system on the Galant Ralliart has good route guidance, but is pretty mediocre in other respects. We really like the yellow arrows it uses to mark a route on screen, and we like its graphics and alerts to notify of upcoming turns. However, destination entry is hampered by a slow processor, forcing short wait times before buttons become functional, and its points-of-interest database only includes the basics. It does include a detour function, which is something we don't see too often. And we like that the screens for all the other car functions include a button to take you write back to navigation.

The screen displays some other novel functions that we seldom see on other cars. The Environment screen shows the temperature over the last three hours, car altitude, and even the barometric pressure, making the Galant Ralliart a nice little weather station. The Maintenance screen is a nice in-dash reference for oil changes and the like, while the AC screen gives good visuals for climate control adjustment.

Mitsubishi doesn't offer cell phone integration or a smart key for the Galant, features that are available on the Outlander. We like the blue lighting for the instruments and stack, which give the car a nice atmosphere at night.

Under the hood
Similar to its Rockford stereo, the Galant Ralliart offers a rowdy driving experience. The dangerous look of the car makes you want to put on sunglasses and go tearing down the road. The engine helps considerably in this regard, as it's a MIVEC (Mitsubishi's variable valve timing technology) liter V-6, producing horsepower. Its throttle response is very good, rocketing the car forward off the line. Unfortunately, its front-wheel drive also means lots of torque steer, forcing us to hold the wheel in place as we accelerated. Throttle response on the high end is a bit laggy--when we jammed the accelerator on the freeway, we had to wait a moment before the car really took off. When it does bolt forward, the engine makes a satisfying growl.

This MIVEC engine is great, but too bad it only powers the front wheels.

The car sticks too close to its Galant roots with its transmission, an unexciting five-speed automatic. Mitsubishi's press materials brag about the Sportronic mode, which lets you manually shift through its five gears, but however the company wants to market it, it's still an automatic. We would have been much happier with a six-speed manual in this car. As part of the Ralliart tuning, the car gets its suspension worked over, making for a stiffer ride. We liked how the suspension performed in the curves, allowing no body roll. During regular driving over rough roads, it's not the most comfortable ride, but as expected for a sports car.

We were pleasantly surprised at this car's fuel economy. The EPA gives it ratings of 18mpg city and 27mpg highway. In our mixed city and freeway driving, we averaged mpg, a good number for a relatively big V It gets an emissions rating of LEV II, or low emission vehicle category II, from the California Air Resources Board, another indication of the efficiency of this engine.

In sum
Our Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart test car starts with a base price of $26, The base model is pretty well loaded with the Rockford stereo system, but we added the navigation package for $1, Along with a $ destination charge, our test car came in at $29,

While we enjoyed getting behind the wheel of the Galant Ralliart with its performance edge, there's a lot we weren't crazy about. For the car to go beyond being a tricked-out family sedan, it would need all-wheel drive and a manual transmission. The more expensive Subaru Legacy spec.B is a better car for those who want true performance. We like the Galant Ralliart's styling and the route guidance on its navigation system, but we felt bad for the rattling speakers when we cranked up the volume of the stereo system.

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Mitsubishi Galant

Retail Price

$19, - $26,MSRP / Window Sticker Price

EngineL I-4
MPG23 City / 30 Hwy
Seating5 Passengers
Transmission4-spd w/OD
Power @ rpm
Drivetrainfront-wheel
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Mitsubishi Galant

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A typical model has about to samples for each model year. For some model years, typically those of older or less popular cars, we do not have a large enough sample size to provide results of statistical confidence.

There are several ways in which a savvy car buyer can still research the quality of a car.

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