2001 Galant New Car Test Drive
Mitsubishi Galant offers a good-looking body wrapped around well-built components that provide a smooth, quiet and refined driving experience. Galant offers a high value by including lots of standard equipment in even its base model, making it an attractive alternative to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
The Galant model lineup is extensive. Five models are available: DE ($17,557); ES ($18,407); ES-V6 ($20,307); LS-V6 ($23,907); GTZ ($24,007).
DE comes with a 140-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, 15-inch tires, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, and a100-watt 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, antilock brakes (ABS), security system, alloy wheels, power glass sunroof, HomeLink system, 210-watt 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 a 195-hp V6 engine, ABS, four-wheel disc brakes (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, Infinity stereo, alloy wheels, 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 (a manual is not offered). DE and ES models come with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 140 horsepower. ES V6, LS V6 and GTZ models come with a 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 195 horsepower.
Traction control is a new-for-2001 standard feature for V6 models.