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The American-built Mitsubishi Galant is one of those vehicles that should have been replaced a while ago, but it hasn't been--and it's the longest-lived family four-door on the market, since it was last redesigned in 2004.
The Galant strikes a pose like that of the old Nissan Altima, and in its early life it was almost competitive with the likes of the Altima, Accord and Camry. The exterior still strikes us as blandly handsome, and the efficient interior suffers mostly from open-grained plastics--it's well-organized and the driving position is good.
However, time hasn't been kind to the Galant lineup--Mitsubishi dropped the V-6 and performance Ralliart editions last year, leaving just the Galant ES and Galant SE behind. Both of these are four-cylinder vehicles, and the 2.4-liter four only musters 160 horsepower, well off the mark of today's base Hyundai Sonata, or even the Honda Accord. Even so, it's acceptably pleasant to drive, so long as you steer clear of any extreme driving. The steering is firm enough to the touch, the brakes modulate well, and ride quality is resilient. At 20/27 mpg, fuel economy is respectable.
The somewhat drab, industrial-grade interior is packaged well, with roomy areas for front- and rear-seat passengers. The rear seat doesn't fold down, though, which means long objects can't be carried inside the cabin, as is the case with almost all of the competition.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 Galant, as is stability control. Previous model years have scored four stars for rollover protection, but other ratings are lacking.
In the Galant ES you'll find standard cruise control, air conditioning, keyless entry, and a 140-watt, six-speaker sound system. The SE adds automatic climate control, heated seats, hands-free Bluetooth, and a Rockford Fosgate audio system, as well as larger alloy wheels, a spoiler, and fog lamps. The SE also gains the navigation system and rearview camera formerly listed as options, which means this Galant is essentially fully equipped.
For more on this family sedan, take a look at our most recent full review of the Mitsubishi Galant.