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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, frontal and side impacts
Good," frontal offset and side impact; "poor," rear impact
rear sightlines are excellent
The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant achieves mostly good crash-test scores, but its safety equipment isn't quite as extensive as rival models, especially for the entry models.
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 frontal and side impacts. However, the IIHS rates it "poor" in the agency's seat-based rear impact test.
Among the standard safety features are dual front airbags, side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. Also on the roster are 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 2009, “Thanks to a broad rear window and low trunk, rear sightlines are excellent.”
The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant is a safe, secure sedan that lacks a few important features.