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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Easily accommodates six-footers
Roomy for four
folding seatback is not available
The Mitsubishi Galant 2009 is a roomy and comfortable car, but there are a few repeated complaints about the quality and storage space/accessibility.
As ConsumerGuide points out, the car "easily accommodates six-footers." Not only that, but "three adults fit without undue crowding," which is a seemingly impossible task to accomplish in a mid-size. Edmunds agrees, calling the 2009 Galant "roomy for four." Reviewers also rave about the soft, comfortable seats available in the Mitsubishi Galant 2009 model, and for those who prefer a firmer support, the Ralliart model fits the bill. Cars.com concurs, stating that the front seats offer "plenty of support and not too much side bolstering," and “the Ralliart's leather-covered front bucket seats are quite comfortable and include seat heaters and driver-side power adjustments.” Motor Trend spotlights its “fabulous backseat—oodles of foot room, terrific thigh support, nice armrests, and plenty of head, leg, and shoulder room.”
While there is enough space for drivers and passengers, there isn't much storage for large items. Trunk space is a big drawback in the Mitsubishi 2009 Galant; one of the most frequent complaints is that it has a smaller trunk (13.3 cubic feet) than all of its competitors. ConsumerGuide actually finds more problems with the design, saying that the "short decklid and high liftover limit utility of the roomy, usefully shaped trunk." And as Cars.com points out, "All four competitors offer folding rear seats in at least some trim levels," while the 2009 Galant doesn't. The Galant does offer a ski pass-through, but a lack of folding backseats equals a lack of storage space. ConsumerGuide sums it up: "Cabin storage is nothing special."
Another downfall of the 2009 Galant is in interior materials. As Edmunds states, "The Galant suffers from the typical Mitsubishi trait of subpar interior materials quality," and when put up against its competitors, it just doesn't match their "refined look and feel." Motor Trend reports, “Much of the plastic is cheap-looking.” Cars.com finds the opposite: "Mitsubishi used good-quality materials."
According to Cars.com, road noise isn’t necessarily so bad in the base models of the 2009 Mitsubishi Galant, but they say that in the Galant Ralliart, “road noise ranges from tolerable to intrusive.”
The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant is spacious and generally quite comfortable, but the limited cargo space and quality of materials are disappointing.