2005 Galant New Car Test Drive
The Mitsubishi Galant brings value, styling and competence to the mid-size sedan market. That's no small feat when competing against superb sedans such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima. The Galant is enjoyable to drive and offers all the benefits of the other cars in this class. There's a lot to like about it and including it in your shopping list makes good sense.
In the past, Mitsubishi has played around the edges of the mainstream market, offering products best known for their quirks and eccentricities. But that changed with the introduction of this all-new, larger, and greatly improved Galant.
The Galant does everything well. It rides comfortably and quietly and offers responsive handling. Its optional V6 provides ample power for passing, and its automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Its cabin is roomy and comfortable. We'll let you decide on the styling. It is distinctive.
This newest generation of the Galant was launched as a 2004 model. Safety is enhanced in the 2005 Mitsubishi Galant with seat-mounted, side-impact airbags now standard on all models.
Mitsubishi Galant comes in four models: DE ($18,999) and ES ($19,899) are powered by a 160-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and come standard with a four-speed automatic transmission.
LS ($22,499) and GTS ($26,499) feature a 230-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6. They also come with a four-speed automatic transmission, but with a Sportronic mode for semi-manual shifting.
Standard features on all Galants include air conditioning; front and side-impact airbags; height-adjustable driver's seat; power windows, door locks and exterior mirrors; AM/FM/CD stereo; four-wheel disc brakes; carpeted floor mats; and electronic lock-out protection. DE, ES and LS come with steel wheels and 215/60R16 all-season tires. Rear-seat heater ducts have been added as standard equipment on 2005 Galants.
ES and LS get premium cloth-trimmed seating surfaces plus titanium interior trim, cruise control, six instead of four audio speakers, an audio information display, and some minor trim items. In addition to the V6 engine, the LS also comes with larger front disc brakes with ABS and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); traction control; and a power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support. A power driver's seat is now standard on 2005 Galant LS models.
ABS with EBD is available on the ES as a stand-alone option ($500). ES also offers optional 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels ($300); while ES and LS offer the power glass sunroof ($800), and a Sport Package ($363) consisting of a chromed exhaust tip and rear spoiler. Leather is available on LS ($1,185) and ES ($1,485) and adds the power driver's seat to the latter. The ultimate Diamond Package ($1,262) for ES and LS adds 16-inch aluminum wheels; titanium center panel with blue LED display; AM/FM/6-disc CD changer with 8-speakers, diversity antenna and steering wheel controls; leather-wrapped steering wheel; and other items.
The GTS adds automatic climate control; power glass sunroof; leather upholstery with Blackwood interior trim (new for 2005); a titanium-finished center panel; leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant audio controls; heated front seats and side mirrors; Mitsubishi/Infinity 270-watt stereo with six-disc CD changer and eight speakers; color dot-matrix audio display with outside temperature, calendar and compass; white-on-black gauges; color-keyed rear spoiler; special tail lamps; sporty-sounding muffler; a panic alarm button on the keyless remote; 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels with lower profile tires; and a front suspension strut tower brace. The Cold Zone Package is now standard on 2005 Galant GTS models. No options are available for the GTS.