The Mitsubishi Galant is a superior family sedan, boasting a roomy interior, an impressive balance between handling and ride quality, great crash test scores, and a powerful V6 Ralliart model. Its difficult to understand why it is often overlooked and under appreciated. The Galant is a family sedan with both heart and style.
New for the 2009 model year is a slight face-lift which includes a new grille and taillights. In addition, the DE model has been dropped while the Sport Edition and Sport V6 models have been added. It's also expected that Bluetooth connectivity and a rearview camera will be made available later in the model year.
The 2009 Galant is classified as a midsize sedan and is offered in four trims: ES, Sport Edition, Sport V6 and Ralliart.
16-inch steel wheels, power accessories, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, air conditioning, and a MP3/CD player with a six-speaker sound system come standard with the basic ES Galant trim.
The new Sport Edition , and the Sport V6 models are very similar. The Sport Edition upgrades the wheels to 17 inch alloys and adds a sunroof, power driver seat and heated front seats for those cold drives. It also comes with an automatic climate control system, steering-wheel mounted controls for the audio system and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
The Sport V6 model, as the name suggests, gets a larger V6 engine. This trim also upgrades the sound system to a Rockford Fosgate system which comes with satellite radio and a 6-disc CD changer.
Both of these new trims come with a rear spoiler and two-toned interiors for a more sporty look.
The Ralliart trim is the Galant's performance-oriented model. It has the same features as the Sport Edition, plus a sport tuned suspension, larger brakes, 18 inch allow wheels and aluminum pedals. Mitsubishi also changed the looks of the Galant in this trim with some enhancements to the exterior styling, leather seating, and some interior beige accent stitching. The Ralliart is also the only trim that offers the option of a navigation system.
Engines, Powertrain And Gas Mileage:
All Galant's are front-wheel-drive and offer a medley of engine options. The basic ES and Sport edition both have a 2.4 liter inline-4 engine that produces 160 horsepower and 157 lb-ft of torque. Both trims come standard with a four-speed automatic that has manual shift capability.
The Sport V6 trim offers a 3.8 liter V6 that delivers 230 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque and is coupled with a five-speed automatic with manual shift capability.
The Ralliart features a 3.8 liter V6 that outputs 258 horsepower and 258 pound-ft of torque. The Ralliart has impressive performance tests for a family sedan, going from a standstill to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, tying it with the V6 Toyota Camry and Chevy Malibu as the most powerful family sedan on the market.
The EPA estimated gas mileage for all four-cylinder Galant models is 20 mpg city and 27 mpg on highway. Gas mileage for the Ralliart comes in at 17 mpg in the city and 25 on highway.
Standard safety features on all Galants include antilock disc brakes (ABS), full-length side curtain airbags and front side airbags. The Ralliart trim also comes with traction control.
Government testing gives the 2009 Galant its top score of five out of five stars for both frontal and side impact protection for both the driver and passengers.
The Galant's interior, with its rocking blue backlighting, a center stack which cascades, and white faced gauges with metallic accents, give it a stylish and modern look. It's audio and climate controls are user-friendly with large buttons which work together with the display screen in the top of the center stack.
The front and rear of the cabin is roomy and comfortable with soft cushioning. However, if your looking for a more firm set up, you may want to consider the Ralliart trim whose seats are a bit more supportive.
The Galant trunk has a wide opening and a cargo capacity of 13.3 cubic feet.
The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant can only be classified as one of the more "fun-to-drive" family sedans. It's strong in the curves and maneuvers smaller than it is. And there's plenty of driver feedback in the responsive steering and impressive amount of road feel. At the same time, the athletic driving dynamics do not come at the sacrifice of smooth and capable everyday commuting.