2009 Galant New Car Test Drive
The Mitsubishi Galant stands out in a world full of competent four-door sedans in a couple of ways. From the outside, it has a distinctive look that won't get lost in a parking lot. And when it comes time to sign the contract and make the monthly payments, the new owner should appreciate the solid value represented by the Galant and its healthy complement of features, all at an attractive price.
The midsize Galant is offered in a range of trim levels, with a four-cylinder or a choice of two V6 engines, a long list of standard equipment and some worthwhile options. It also includes all the expected safety features today's buyers want. It delivers responsive performance, crisp handling and notable fuel efficiency, in a tidy, yet roomy package.
Last redesigned for the 2004 model year, the Galant was substantially upgraded for 2007. Changes for 2009 are, for the most part, in the areas of upgrades to features and some option packages.
For 2009, the Sport Edition and Sport V6 trim levels have 18-inch alloy wheels and appropriate suspension enhancements. Bluetooth availability has been added, and the navigation system, available on the Ralliart trim level, includes a rear-view backup camera integrated into the display. There is also the availability of remote start.
The Mitsubishi Galant is available in four trim levels; the ES, Sport Edition, Sport V6 and Ralliart.
The Galant ES ($21,249) and Sport Edition ($22,999) are powered by a 160-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and come standard with a four-speed automatic transmission. Mitsubishi's Sportronic system, which allows semi-manual shifting when desired, is standard on all Galants.
Standard equipment on the ES includes air conditioning, height-adjustable driver's seat, height-adjustable steering wheel, power windows, mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry, 140-watt six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, rear-seat heater ducts, carpeted floor mats, an engine immobilizer, cruise control, and anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution. Standard tires are P215/60R16 all-season radials on steel wheels.
Optional on the ES is the Accessory Leather Seating Surfaces package ($1,399). The Sun, Sound, Leather and Blue Package ($2,750) includes a Rockford Acoustic Design Audio System with 360 watts and a six-disc CD changer, Sirius Satellite Radio, sport steering wheel with audio controls, heated front seats and side mirrors, power driver's seat, fog lamps, automatic climate control, HomeLink, theft deterrent, P215/55R17 tires on 17-inch alloy wheels, and other convenience and trim features.
The Sport Edition adds automatic climate-control air conditioning, a power sunroof, fog lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels with P235/45R18 tires, power and heated driver's seat, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with HomeLink, and a color-keyed rear spoiler. Optionally available on the Sport Edition is the Accessory Leather Seating Surfaces package.
The Sport V6 ($24,999) is powered by a 230-hp, 3.8-liter V6 with a five-speed automatic transmission with the Sportronic feature. It is basically the same trim level as the Sport Edition, but the instrument panel has white-faced gauges with orange lighting, and the front brakes are larger. In addition, the Sport V6 includes the 360-watt Rockford Acoustic Design Audio System. Optional on the Sport V6 is the Accessory Leather Seating Surfaces package.
The Ralliart ($27,649) is powered by a 258-hp, 3.8-liter V6 with the five-speed Sportronic automatic, a sports suspension and upgraded brakes. The Ralliart has a unique look inside and out. Upholstery is perforated leather, and the pedals are aluminum. Generally, all of the equipment that is standard on the other trim levels is also included with the Ralliart, and optionally available is a DVD navigation system with a seven-inch touch screen and a rear-view camera ($1,700).
Safety features include dual-stage front airbags, side-curtain airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and a tire-pressure monitor.