Reports indicate the Mitsubishi Galant will bow out of the mid-size sedan market after the current model year as its manufacturer pivots its concentration to other segments. Looking to improve value, the 2012 Galant offers a few standard features that other brands often have on the option list.
You'll Like The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant If...
If you want an alternative to the market leaders that has a low starting price and a relatively spacious rear seat, the 2012 Mitsubishi Galant is worth a look.
You May Not Like The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant If...
If you want a mid-size sedan with a 6-cylinder engine or one rated at more than 30 mpg, you'd be better off looking at just about any other competitor.
The Galant carries over unchanged from 2011, when it received a half-inch ride height reduction, chrome beltline, power glass sunroof and HomeLink automatic garage door opener in the SE version.
The Galant's interior is showing its age. Big knobs and large, shiny dash surfaces might have worked a few years ago, but look outdated when compared with competitors' sleeker, more fluid designs. For what they are, the large rotary knobs that control climate and the sound system work well and are easily identifiable. Seating is comfortable, with passengers in the rear reporting good legroom and headroom. The back seat does not fold down, though – only a trunk pass-through is provided – which limits the Galant's cargo-carrying capacity. Leather seating can be had, in addition to heated driver and passenger seats.
The Mitsubishi Galant looks more unassuming than competitors such as the Kia Optima, instead offering more traditional sedan looks. But its bold nose and nicely sloping rear do help. The SE form gets some personality with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, chrome exhaust tips and fog lights.
The 2012 Galant's 160-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder provides just enough oomph to drive swiftly, but certainly not enthusiastically. Ride quality is comparable to rival sedans. Steering is a little slow when it comes to driving the vehicle aggressively, but satisfying otherwise. Available only as an automatic, you won't have the opportunity to row through the gears as with a manual. The Sportronic transmission is only a 4-speed at that, but it does allow for manual gear changes. In higher-level Galant SE form, 18-inch tires improve handling without sacrificing ride comfort.
The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant starts at $22,694 for the ES model. That is in line with the base price of the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Chevy Malibu. It is more expensive than base versions of the Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Volkswagen Passat, Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger and Mazda6. The Galant SE starts at $25,094. If you're hoping for a car that will hold its value, it's important to note the Galant nests in the lower tier of Kelley Blue Book's 5-year projected resale value.
In base ES form, the 2012 Galant comes with air conditioning, cruise control, engine immobilizer, height-adjustable driver's seat, keyless entry, extendable sun visors and traction control. The SE model is much better equipped with features including a DVD navigation system and rearview camera, 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system, 18-inch wheels, Bluetooth, a power driver's seat, automatic climate control, and Sirius satellite radio. All Galant models feature Mitsubishi's transferable 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Leather seating, rear lip spoiler, rear-view camera, iPod adapter and remote engine start are among the minimal options available on Galant ES models. The SE options list is even shorter, but includes leather and remote engine start.
Standard on SE versions of 2012 Galant, the 7-inch touch-screen displays clear directions in addition to points of interests and Diamond Lane Guidance. Also standard on the SE is a 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system with eight speakers and 6-disc CD player.
Like every Mitsubishi, the Galant comes with a generous warranty and roadside assistance program. The basic warranty is a 5-year/60,000-mile affair, while the powertrain components are covered for 10 years/100,000 miles. Roadside assistance is good for five years and an unlimited amount of miles during that time period.
Under the Hood
All Galant models use the same engine: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder featuring the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) system. Power = 160 hp. Transmission = 4-speed automatic.
160 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
157 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg
2012 marks the final year of production for the Galant mid-size sedan as Mitsubishi focuses on making smaller cars and more aggressive rivals such as Hyundai and Kia grab market share in this highly competitive segment. As 5-passenger mid-size sedans go, the Galant often takes a back seat to market leaders Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. Yet the car does offer some features as standard that others don't, such as an automatic transmission and keyless entry on ES models and navigation with a backup camera on SE versions. But the car trails competitors when it comes to engine choices, power rating, fuel economy and overall creature comforts.