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Here in this Bottom Line covering the 2010 Mitsubishi Galant, the editors of TheCarConnection.com bring you driving impressions and an expert take on how the Galant matches up against other mid-size sedans. To give you an even more comprehensive take, TheCarConnection.com has also read a range of reviews on the Galant and bring you excerpts in a full review.
The 2010 Mitsubishi Galant limps on for another year, with its lineup quite dramatically cut. V-6 models, along with the performance Ralliart model, have been dropped from the lineup, leaving only four-cylinder ES and SE models of this mid-size sedan.
Although the Galant has seen a number of minor refreshes over the years, it's been carried over for the most part since its last major redesign, for 2004. With most mid-size sedans seeing one (some two) redesigns since then, it feels a little outdated from a style standpoint, to put it nicely. Last year Mitsubishi gave it a new lower grille mesh on all ES trim levels, which has now been expanded to both models. Inside, the Galant has weathered the storms of time much better, and aside from feeling a little drab, the design still appears attractive, if not a little basic.
If you don't expect a lot out of the driving experience, the Galant will reward you with well-rounded competence. The sole engine in the 2010 Mitsubishi Galant is the 160-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder, with a four-speed automatic transmission. The available V-6 and five-speed automatic of previous years is gone. With the four, the Galant is generally pleasant to drive, provided you don't push it too hard. On all versions, the steering is nicely weighted, brake modulation good, and pedal travel short. Fuel economy is respectable, too, at 20 mpg city, 27 highway.
The interior, if you can get past the somewhat drab, low-rent appearance up close, is roomy and comfortable. The front seats have plenty of room, and so do the deeply set backseats. One definite miss is that the rear seatback doesn't fold forward—there's only a pass-through. The soft suspension tuning absorbs most road impacts well, and there's plenty of insulation from road and wind noise, though the engine can get noisy up steep grades or during passing. Most notably, the interior is covered in industrial-looking trim, and in general, the dark, plastic-addicted cabin needs a richer look and feel.
Anti-lock brakes, dual-stage front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and side front and rear curtain airbags are all now standard on the 2010 Mitsubishi Galant, along with electronic stability control. The federal government rates the Galant with four stars for rollover protection, but other ratings have not been revealed.
The Galant has been reconfigured in recent years to offer a lot of features for the money. Base 2010 Mitsubishi Galant ES models come with most popular features like cruise control, air conditioning, keyless entry, and a 140-watt, six-speaker sound system, while SE models add automatic climate control, heated seats, hands-free Bluetooth, and a Rockford Fosgate audio system, plus lots of equipment that make the Galant SE look, if not feel, sportier, such as larger alloy wheels, a spoiler, and fog lamps. The former Navigation and Rearview Camera Package has now been rolled into the SE's list of features, leaving no significant factory options.