Galant: Class-competitive ride, Mid-size Family Sedan

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Mitsubishi Galant

Where once stood the family sedan named Mitsubishi Galant, you’ll now find a car that’s ready to take on some pretty scary and more expensive competitors without even breaking a sweat.

Ask any owner and they’ll tell you that the Mitsubishi Galant is a family limousine that offers passengers a namesake ride. The Galant sedan lineup is an important flagship of Mitsubishi and you’d be wise to consider everything it has to offer very seriously. Today’s trim levels are a far cry from the two- and four-door compact sedan that hit the North American market back in 1969, so keep reading to understand this powerhouse of a car a bit better.

A Family Sedan That Goes Like a Rally Car

Depending on the trim level you opt for, the Galant can come equipped with two different engines. One is a 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder that puts out 160 horsepower and is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Certainly, the one to go for is the 3.8-litre V6 with 258 horsepower, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with a Sportronic manual shift mode. Top-of-the-line essentials include a full suspension overhaul as well, with stiffer sport-tuned components, 18-inch wheels and a thicker rear stabilizer bar. The Galant, like many Mitsubishi products, features a very accommodating ride and is a real pleasure to drive no matter what your driving style may be.

A Name That Does it Justice

The Galant is surprisingly roomy inside; it is classed as an intermediate sedan. The cabin incorporates a black and charcoal surface accented with a faux black wood dash, console inserts highlighted with brushed titanium, as well as chrome highlights. The overall character of the interior is high-tech and clean. A particularly nice touch is the black leather seating with white pinhole perforations and stitching, which give the Galant the upscale look of a European sports sedan. All of this serves to emphasize its performance character, much like the easy-to-read, white-faced gauges with black numerals for speedometer, tachometer and fuel, set in a cowl in the driver’s direct line of sight.

Intended for Drivers Who Appreciate Awesome Engineering

The absolute best way to experience the Galant is to slip into the form-fitting, heated leather bucket seat with eight-way power adjustment and lumbar support. Adjust the leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel and the power heated mirrors, release the 258 horsepower and let the car run loose on a twisty country road. The big V6 under the hood is just loafing along under 2,000 rpm at 100 kilometres per hour. The moment you stomp on the throttle, you get instant action through the gears to the 6,500 redline, all the while enjoying a throaty growl coming from the rear. The Galant soaks up the rough spots on the road and provides a firm and compliant ride thanks to its rally-tuned suspension.

With a list of standard features that are nearly as long as the Galant itself, it’s clear that you get an astonishing amount of car for your money. There is simply no other sedan in the market that offers this high level of performance combined with such a long list of standard equipment. Also, Mitsubishi’s 10-year warranty is among the best in the business, which proves that the company really believes in every car it builds. Simply put, the Mitsubishi Galant is a rally car disguised as a family sedan and anyone would be lucky to own it.