2012 Mitsubishi Galant vs. Its Competition

2012 Mitsubishi Galant
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Galant faces some particularly tough competition, not only from the perennial sales leaders from Toyota and Honda, but from a string of new or updated vehicles that have brought more shoppers back into sedans.

The Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima are exciting designs, with available turbo and hybrid drivetrains, and new this year, either a telematics system like OnStar in the Sonata or voice control for audio and phone functions in the Optima.

The Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion have been favorites for families seeking good handling and great reliability.

But to gauge how far the Galant is behind the pack, you'd have to compare it to something like the Chrysler 200, the rebodied Sebring that got new styling and new features for the 2011 model year.

The 200 is only moderately new and still falls short of the others in its class, but compared to the Galant, it's much better looking, with a far richer interior and better performance with its V-6 option, and better crash-test scores, too.

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6.8
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.
8.2
The 2012 Ford Fusion stays at the top of its game, especially as a Hybrid, with perky handling and its cut-above looks.
8.6
After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.
8.6
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.
7.6
The 2012 Nissan Altima isn't as roomy as the newest mid-offerings, but as a coupe or as a sedan, it's one of the best-looking and most sporty mid-sizers.
MSRP From    
$21,899$20,705$19,795$19,500$20,550
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
MidsizeMid-Size SedanLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsize
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan ES4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/manual shiftManualManualManualContinuously Variable Ratio