Mitsubishi Galant flies under the radar



The Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart is the best looking of the series — with its blacked-out mesh grille and dark lower front spoiler.


The Mitsubishi Galant. You’ve no doubt glanced over ads touting the company’s incredible warranty: 10 year/160,000 kilometre powertrain warranty, five year/100,000 km new-vehicle coverage, and five year unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.

When you consider the average consumer keeps a car from three to five years, it’s like doubling the amount of time you could own a car — considering Mitsubishi’s 10-year full powertrain warranty.

Those 10 years won’t be spent in a rusty shed with wheels, either. The top of the range Ralliart is equipped with a 3.8L MIVEC V6 that pumps out 258 horsepower and 258 ft.-lbs of torque. What’s that mean? You’ll be spending more time in the passing lane.

Another highlight of the range is the Galant ES Diamond Package. A great value-for-money, it features 16-inch alloy wheels, factory-fit alarm system, rear spoiler, 360-watt six-CD/AM/FM/MP3 sound system and leatherette steering wheel with wheel-mounted audio controls. That’s on top of the standard car’s 160 horsepower, 4-cylinder engine, air conditioning, 4-speed automatic transmission, keyless entry, dual side and front airbags, cruise control, and ABS.

Style-wise, the Galant is an experience best left for the real world, as photos don’t accurately reflect the creases, bulges, and accents Mitsubishi’s design team implemented on the car. Best-looking is the Ralliart, with its blacked-out mesh grille and dark lower front spoiler.

Mitsubishi must have sent their entire rally car handling team to work on the Galant, because the car is sporty yet compliant over bumps. It’s a big car but handles twisties with surprising confidence.

The interior design of the Galant is simple with a few funky touches like ice blue illumination at night and silver accents.

Inside, it’s power everything even in the base ES trim — except for the seats. The interior design is simple, with a few funky touches like ice blue illumination at night and silver interior accents. If you’re raising the next NBA first round draft pick, there’s tons of room behind the front seats for long-legged passengers. Higher-priced models add a host of comfort and convenience toys.

Bonus: Mitsubishi offers an optional iPod connector. I suppose if you plan on keeping your car for 10 years, you’d have to keep buying iPods.

The Galant ES starts at $24,998, or $27,998 with the $3000 Diamond Package. $28,498 gets you the Galant LS, and $34,998 will put you into the sporty and higher-performance Galant Ralliart. As always, we chose to feature the best value-for money option.

As it sits, the Galant is a good alternative choice to the default Japanese mid-sized sedans: Mazda6, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and Honda Accord. It’s not the most advanced or refined sedan in its class, but the Galant still features a host of commendable attributes.

Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart

  • Type: Mid-size 5-pass. sedan FWD

  • Price: $34,998

  • Engine: 3.8-litre V6 DOHC

  • Horsepower: 258 @ 5750 rpm

  • Torque (lb-ft): 258 @ 4500 rpm

  • Highlights: Distinctive styling, value-for-money, superb warranty, rear seat legroom, Ralliart experience.