Mitsubishi’s shot at family sedans like the Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu and Toyota Camry was called the Galant.
The latest generation of this machine was available during model years 2004 to 2010 inclusive, though it’s now been discontinued.
All models were front-drive sedans.
Look for features like leather seating, premium audio with MP3 compatibility and an auxiliary input jack, air conditioning, cruise control, heated mirrors, remote access and a six-way adjustable driver’s seat.
Galant offered up both a 2.4-litre four-cylinder or a 3.8-litre V-6 with 160 or 230 horsepower, respectively. Later in the Galant’s life, a sporty Ralliart version was offered with a 258-hp version of the V-6.
What owners like
Spaciousness, a comfortable ride, unique styling and easy-to-use controls are among the Galant’s most highly-rated attributes. Some owners also report low maintenance costs and reasonable gas mileage with the four-cylinder. Overall value for the money is rated highly.
What owners dislike
Many Galant drivers call the four-cylinder noisy and underpowered, and others wish that the gear-shift console would light up at night. A quieter ride and more exciting interior styling are also on the wish-lists of many.
A “scan” by a Mitsubishi trained technician can reveal any sensor or computer-related issues, including problems with emission control sensors and oxygen sensors, which could be pricey to replace.
Note that a rattling sound from under the hood or under the car could be caused by a loose heat shield, and that a scraping or “rattling” sound in the steering column could be caused by a loose part of the turn-signal cancel mechanism.
The Galant seems pleasantly free of large, systematic or worrisome problems. Combined with the excellent factory powertrain warranty (10 years or 160,000 kilometres), it’s a sedan that most shoppers could buy with confidence.