Although the Galant has seen a number of minor refreshes over the years, it's been carried over for the most part since its last major redesign, for 2004. With most mid-size sedans seeing one (some two) redesigns since then, it feels a little outdated from a style standpoint, to put it nicely. Last year Mitsubishi gave it a new lower grille mesh on all ES trim levels, which has now been expanded to both models.
Cars.com says, “Hampering the Galant's attempt to attract buyers is its relatively forgettable looks; the front end is bland and could be at home on any number of sedans.” With the former Ralliart edition, Automobile Magazine contends the 18-inch wheels "give the Galant more dignity than a typical mid-size rental, but don't expect the neighborhood kids to follow you home on their bicycles." Many of the Ralliart's styling details have been picked up by the SE trim. Car and Driver simply concludes that the Galant has “confused exterior styling.” As Edmunds puts it, the Galant is now a "very dark horse in a stable filled with thoroughbreds."
Inside, the Galant weathers the storms of time much better, and aside from feeling a little drab, the design still looks attractive, if not a little basic. Automobile Magazine isn't impressed with its interior styling, and Cars.com goes so far as to call the interior design "unfortunate." Cars.com also dislikes the fact that "buttons are arranged in an anomalous cluster of bizarre shapes." Edmunds is one of the few reviewers with significant positives, asserting that the Galant still has attractive qualities worth noting, such as the "cascading center console, blue backlighting, white-faced gauges and metallic or wood-grained accents," which make it "stylish in a contemporary way."