2000 Galant New Car Test Drive
Mitsubishi Galant is a stylish alternative for those who want to be distinguished from a field of mid-size sedans that are similar in appearance and performance. Completely redesigned for 1999, the Galant is quieter, smoother, and more refined than before. It now measures up favorably to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The Galant offers the choice of a V6 or four-cylinder engine.
The Galant model lineup is extensive. Five models are available: DE ($17,357); ES ($18,257); ES V6 ($20,157); LS V6 ($23,657); GTZ ($23,757).
DE comes with the 2.4-liter engine and automatic transmission, 15-inch tires, air conditioning, power windows and door locks and an AM/FM/CD stereo.
The better-equipped ES is the volume model. ES adds premium cloth upholstery, wood grain interior accents, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote keyless entry system, cruise control, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors and a cargo net. The ES model can be ordered with the $2,600 ES Premium Package, which includes side airbags, ABS, security system, alloy wheels, power glass sunroof, HomeLink system, Mitsubishi/Infinity CD stereo with seven speakers, rear seat heater ducts, adjustable lumbar support for the driver's seat, and heated door mirrors.
ES V6 adds the V6 engine, ABS, four-wheel disc brakes with dual-piston front calipers (DE and ES come with drum brakes on the rear), and 16-inch tires. A $2,400 ES V6 Premium Package includes side airbags, alloy wheels, power glass sunroof, HomeLink, the Infinity CD stereo, and lumbar support.
LS V6 is loaded with leather seating surfaces, an eight-way power driver's seat, a 190-watt Infinity stereo, alloy wheels, traction control and side airbags; it is distinguished by its sculpted body side molding.
GTZ comes with LS trim, but adds a sport-tuned suspension and is distinguished by its rear spoiler and color-keyed grille.
All Galants come equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission. DE and ES models come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 145 horsepower. ES V6, LS V6 and GTZ models come with a 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 195 horsepower.