The aging Mitsubishi Galant competes in the highly competitive mid-size sedan segment. While the first Galant was a compact car, the latest model is quite sizable. Now in its ninth generation, the sedan is offered in ES and SE guise.
The Galant was revised for the 2009 model year, and then given a minor cosmetic refresh for the latest model year. While the Galant's new design isn't revolutionary, it does give the car a fresher look.
Most notably, the new Galant does away with the old car's black bar front grille, and replaces it with a metal mesh grille. A new lower intake is flanked by integrated fog lights. The hood is also sporting a new look, now featuring sharp creases.
Out back, the Galant receives new taillights, as well as newly sculpted rear fenders. Mitsubishi says the Galant's interior has also been revised, but the only real noticeable change is a new shift gate.
The other major change was the removal of the Sport trim level, and the V6 engine option. Now the Galant will be available in just two flavors -- four-cylinder ES, and four-cylinder SE.
Both four-cylinder models receive motivation via a 160 horsepower, 157 lb-ft of torque 2.4-liter MIVEC four-cylinder, mated to a Spotrtronic four-speed automatic transmission.
All models come standard with dual-stage front air bags, front passenger occupant sensors, side curtain air bags, and seat-mounted side-impact air bags.
Optional features include a Rockford premium audio system, Sirius satellite radio, an alarm system, a rear spoiler, and a sportier steering wheel with audio controls.
Before pulling the trigger on the Galant, consumers should strongly consider more modern options like the sleek and value-packed Kia Optima, the commodious Volkswagen Passat and the ever-popular Toyota Camry.