Although the ninth generation Mitsubishi Galant is not exactly great shakes when it comes to performance and design, it has many plus points going for it. This car falls in the sedan category. The proportions of the car are good with strong chiseled shoulders which blend well with Altezza taillights which are smoked. From the side the car has a broad beltline and its rear door is bulky but this provides for more interior space. The front of the car has a hood blister with a finned grille with a chrome line underneath. Hence it can be considered to be an average looking car.
As far as the interior is concerned it has plastic switchgear and rotary knobs. The steering wheel is rubber coated. The cabin has planes which stand out, has curvaceous designs and a lot of use of plastic. The few problems associated with the Mitsubishi Galant are its deck lid which is difficult to close and requires a lot of effort. Another drawback is that the Galant does not have a fold down back seat.
The rear seating is very comfortable with fabrics which pleasantly blend luxury, durability and style, which wrap the best quality of foam cushioning. The comfortable rear seat is the best attribute of the interior styling of the Mitsubishi Galant. The Galant is equipped with a standard MP3 friendly, 140-watt sound system with six speakers. The Mitsubishi Galant is powered by a 2.4 liter and 160hp engine with an rpm of 5500. Although above that rpm the performance of the engine becomes a little shaky.
The Mitsubishi Galant is equipped with the standard Sportronic automatic available in most Mitsubishi cars which enable the car to be used both on manual as well as automatic transmission. The Galants’ engine allows for the car to go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds. The basic entry level model of the Mitsubishi Galant is not equipped with ABS braking for Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, but it is available in the higher priced models.
As far as safety features are concerned the Galant not only has the standard airbags and oher safety equipment but its front and side safety has been given a five-star safety rating by the government of the United States. The four corner disc brakes are very effective and bite the road well. Though the tires are standard they have a good grip on most surfaces, which makes the Mitsubishi Galant a very safe car. The car is as strong as a block of cement though that leads to bulkiness in design. Though when pushed harder or performance beyond a certain level the Galant fails to perform.
In spite of its obvious limitations in design and performance the Mitsubishi Galant is quite a popular car among car rental companies because of its ruggedness and low fuel and maintenance costs. It is also popular among drivers who are pocket conscious and do not give much thought to making a style statement or driving for thrills.