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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five out of five stars for frontal and side impacts for both driver and front passenger
Overall "good" rating
impressive crash test scores
The 2008 Mitsubishi Galant achieves the highest crash-test scores in government safety testing.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Galant five stars for front-impact protection; the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the Galant as “good” for front impacts. Both are "impressive crash test scores," Edmunds acknowledges.
Among the standard safety features are dual front airbags, side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. Also on the roster: four-wheel disc brakes, a tire pressure monitor, daytime running lights, anti-lock brakes (for all models except the DE), and even traction control on the Ralliart. The major omission, as Cars.com points out, is that "an electronic stability system is not available."
Visibility is good, according to Cars.com, on the Mitsubishi Galant for 2008, “Thanks to a broad rear window and low trunk, rear sightlines are excellent.”
Achieving the top ratings possible, the 2008 Mitsubishi Galant is one of the safest cars in its class, but it lacks stability control, and ABS is an option on base versions.