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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
folding seatback is not available
Easily accommodates six-footers
Roomy for four
The interior of the 2010 Mitsubishi Galant, 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. Telescopic steering isn't available, though, which might be a deal-breaker for the driver. Edmunds says that the Galant is "roomy for four." Motor Trend likes the Galant's “fabulous backseat—oodles of foot room, terrific thigh support, nice armrests, and plenty of head, leg, and shoulder room.” As ConsumerGuide points out, the car "easily accommodates six-footers." Not only that, but "three adults fit without undue crowding," a seemingly impossible task in a mid-size.
One definite miss is that the rear seatback doesn't fold forward—there's only a pass-through. Overall, trunk space is a big drawback in the 2010 Galant. ConsumerGuide actually finds more problems with the design, saying that the "short decklid and high liftover limit utility of the roomy, usefully shaped trunk." Cars.com points out that most competitors "offer folding rear seats in at least some trim levels," while the 2010 Galant doesn't. ConsumerGuide sums it up: "Cabin storage is nothing special."
Most notably, the interior is covered in industrial-looking trim, and in general, the dark, plastic-addicted cabin needs a richer look and feel. "The Galant suffers from the typical Mitsubishi trait of subpar interior materials quality," says Edmunds, 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 is the lone voice stating the opposite: "Mitsubishi used good-quality materials."
But ConsumerGuide also notes assembly issues with the Galant. "One test Ralliart had a persistent and loud dashboard squeak," they say, also noting "ill-fitting interior panels."
The soft suspension tuning of the 2010 Galant 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.
The quality of the interior is a step behind most rivals, but overall the 2010 Mitsubishi Galant is a comfortable, refined vehicle with an absorbent ride.