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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan ES
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan ES 21 30 $20,974 $21,899
4-Door Sedan SE 21 30 $23,273 $24,299
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $19,095 $19,500
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,455 $25,100
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,974
$19,095
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,899
$19,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$365 / month
$325 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant has endured as a rental-fleet special, but sedan shoppers would do better with nearly every other mid-size four-door on the market. The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and features.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.6 55.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.6 45.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.5 54.7
Second Leg Room (in) 37.0 34.7
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) 53.7 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.3 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 101.0 102.2
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8 63.0
Wheelbase (in) 108.3 110.0
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.4 72.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.8 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.9 5.3
Length, Overall (in) 191.1 190.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.3 15.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3 x - TBD - 11.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.7 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.1 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.94 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.1 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size T125/70D16 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60R16 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/60R16 P205/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3395 3206
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 3.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 525 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 160 @ 5500 200 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 157 @ 4000 186 @ 4250
Engine Order Code 4G69 NA
Displacement 2.4L/145 2.4L/144
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 35
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.02
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.21 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.57 1.93
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.76 4.33-3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 1.27
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/manual shift Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.84 3.26
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.69
Trans Type 4 6
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name Mitsubishi Galant Kia Optima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.87 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.6 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating
 
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