2002 Mitsubishi Galant Reviews

2002 Galant New Car Test Drive


Mitsubishi's Galant is smooth, responsive, and extremely stable underway. Climbing in, it's immediately comfortable, pleasant and easy to drive, requiring no ramp-up time to adjust to its operation. It instantly feels familiar. It handles well and it's fun to hustle around corners. And the Galant offers a good value when measured against other mid-size sedans, particularly the V6 models. 

For 2002, Mitsubishi has revised the styling with a new grille, front fascia, and taillamps. Redesigned instruments give it a cleaner look inside. 


The Galant model lineup is extensive. Six models are available: DE ($17,707); ES ($18,517); LS ($21,117); ES V6 ($20,417); LS V6 ($22,817); GTZ ($24,157). 

All Galants come equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission. 

DE, ES, and LS are powered by a 140-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. 

ES V6, LS V6, and GTZ models come with a 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 195 horsepower. All V6 models (ES-V6, LS-V6, and GTZ) come with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (four-cylinder DE, ES, and LS models come with drum brakes on the rear). V6 models also come with 16-inch speed-rated P205/55HR tires (four-cylinder models get 15-inch P195/65 tires). 

DE comes standard with air conditioning, power windows and door locks, a 100-watt, four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, and 15-inch tires. A new seat Deluxe fabric design freshens the interior. 

ES is trimmed better and is more popular. ES adds Premium cloth upholstery, new titanium- or bronze-look interior accents, integrated fog lamps, remote keyless entry system, cruise control, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, partial folding rear seat trunk pass-through, a cargo net, rear-window antenna, and body-colored side mirrors. 

LS trim adds dual front side-impact airbags, antilock brakes (ABS), a nice leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy wheels (instead of steel), a one-touch power glass sunroof, and a 210-watt Mitsubishi/Infinity CD stereo with seven speakers. 

Both LS models offer leather seating surfaces as an option ($1118), which includes a nice leather-covered shifter, eight-way power driver's seat with manually adjustable headrest and lumbar support. 

GTZ comes standard with the leather interior and is tuned more like a sports sedan. Distinguished by its color-keyed grille, the GTZ is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension. GTZ also comes standard with traction control. 

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