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2010 Mitsubishi Galant ReviewThe Good
The 2010 Mitsubishi Galant is a spacious, reliable, safety-conscious, and easy-to-drive family four-door sedan with a stylish interior, nice fuel efficiency, and some catchy exterior lines.The Bad
Last redesigned in 2004, the Galant can feel a little outdated, and its lack of a V6 engine option as well as some unrefined interior materials leave some critics unimpressed.
The CarGurus View
Daily driving becomes more tranquil when you do it in a 2010 Galant, thanks to a smooth ride, comfy seats, airy interior, and soothing blue lighting. It may not wow those looking for a sporty ride or a luxury car-type cockpit, but it will help your average day feel a bit more calm and stable.
At a Glance
The 2010 Mitsubishi Galant offers a predictable and comfortable ride, a roomy cabin, and a reassuring set of safety features. It may lag behind some in the very competitive midsize sedan class in terms of interior refinement and sporty performance, but if you’re looking for a solid family four-door that will make your commute, errands, and school drop-offs more a little more relaxed, the Galant is worth a look.
Mitsubishi simplified the Galant lineup for 2010, eliminating the Ralliart and Sport trims and their V6 engine options. That leaves two trim choices – ES and the high-end SE – and just one drivetrain option, a 2.4-liter four cylinder with a four-speed automatic transmission. The electronic stability program that was reserved for the Ralliart and Sport trims is now standard for both the ES and the SE.
The last major redesign for the Galant was in 2004, and some say this leaves the car feeling out of date. But Mitsubishi has made some subtle design changes over the past few years that give the Galant its own unique style that may strike the perfect note for some consumers - a wide grille, rectangular headlights, integrated fog lamps, a sharply creased hood, sleek attachments for the side mirrors, and freshly sculpted rear fenders.
By eliminating the V6 option, Mitsubishi has left the buyer with fewer drivetrain choices, but since most people shopping in the midsize sedan class are more interested in fuel economy then power, this isn’t much of an issue. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder produces 160 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 157 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, is paired with a Sportronic four-speed automatic transmission, and gets 21 city/30 highway mpg, which is an improvement over the 2009 Galant four-cylinder engine (1 more city mpg and 3 more on the highway).
This powertrain may not give you goose bumps on mountain winders, but it provides enough power for most driving scenarios, and the four-speed tranny is smooth and predictable. The Galant SE that Consumer Guide used for testing went from 0-60 in 9.0 seconds and averaged a combined 24.2 mpg in city/highway driving.
Ride & Handling
The Galant has a composed and careful driving demeanor, not exactly what driving enthusiasts want, but then again, who needs to push driving (or speed) limits when taking the kids to soccer practice or commuting on heavily patrolled roads?
The suspension is tuned for a soft ride that will keep passengers comfortable, though it will also allow the vehicle to sway in certain situations. The steering is light and responsive, but not so much so that it will steer the car beyond the suspension’s limits. The braking is reliable and straight in routine use, though some feel it gets a little soft in emergency stops.
With its easy feel, solid fuel efficiency, and large interior, the Galant is a practical car for road trips. The front seats offer tons of room in every direction, and the driver will find the controls and gauges easy to read and within easy reach. The rear seats get mixed reviews, with some finding them both spacious and plush and others feeling they don’t offer enough thigh support or legroom. It all depends on the body type. The trunk space is adequate for luggage, though the rear seats don’t fold flat. And the interior storage is average. Then again, if you know you need to haul tons of outdoor gear on family trips or want four cupholders for each passenger, you’re probably looking for a minivan or crossover anyway.
Cabin & Comfort
Keeping with its overall theme of comfort, the Galant’s interior is infused with soothing blue backlighting that also adds to the modern, stylish look of the cabin. Critics don’t like many of the interior materials and some of the construction, but you really should sit inside a Galant and get a feel for it yourself - it may be just your style.
The base ES trim comes standard with air conditioning with manual climate control, cruise control, power accessories, rear heater ducts, six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat, and a 140-watt six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with an auxiliary input jack.
The upgrades for the more refined SE include Bluetooth, an LCD touch-screen DVD navigation system, heated front seats, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning with automatic climate control, sport wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and a 650-watt, eight-speaker, Rockford Fosgate AM/FM/MP3 stereo with a 6-CD player and a free three-month subscription to SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
Mitsubishi did not cut any corners in the Galant when it comes to safety, another reason this vehicle is a good four-door option for a family. Both trims come with six standard airbags (frontal and side impact for both driver and passenger, and full-length side curtains in the rear), four-wheel antilock disc brakes with Electronic Brakeforce distribution, Active Stability Control, Traction Control, front and rear crumple zones, side impact door protection, 5-mph front and rear bumpers, unibody construction, and an engine immobilizer.
The Galant received five out of five stars in frontal passenger, side driver, and side rear passenger NHSTA crash test results and four out of five stars for frontal driver results.
What Owners Think
One owner review really stuck out. Someone had rented a Galant (many critics feel the Galant is best used in a rental fleet) and after a few days really grew to like the vehicle – the easy ride, the comfortable seat, the well-planned cabin, the excellent sight lines, and the fuel efficiency. Basically, you need to test drive a Galant and get a feel for it yourself rather than blindly follow the advice of critics.
Most owners praise the Galant’s handling and feel on the road, the spacious interior, the sound system, and the seating. Some actually like the interior materials, though there were more complaints than compliments about some cheap surfaces and less-than-airtight seams.
Overall consumers feel the Galant is a reliable car, though some experienced mechanical problems soon after purchase. But those were all covered by the 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty or the 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.