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The Mitsubishi Galant was produced in nine generations, numbering more than five million units, throughout its more than forty-year history. Originally, it was a compact car. Trying to keep up with people’s requirements and tendencies in the automotive industry, Mitsubishi turned it into a mid-size auto in 1980. In such a body style, it was delivered till discontinuation in 2012.
The Mitsubishi Galant was an attractive auto in terms of style, performance, and price. But it was then. The 2012 Galant can be called old-fashioned without a twinge of conscience. Its rivals – the Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, or Toyota Camry – surpass it in many ways. Almost no updated features were added to it as if the manufacturer reconciled themselves to its fate and just waited when the last unit was finally built. Although it possesses some up-to-the-minute features that are very much useful such as satellite navigation system, automatic gearbox, and rear-view camera, it remains rather weak in regard to mileage and overall driving performance.
The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant: Comfort
What we see in the 2012 Galant is the result of the car’s last facelift in… 2004. Yes, you’ve understood me aright and no, I didn’t hit the wrong button on the keyboard. This must be the reason for pretty many blemishes in the interior and comfort.
The 2012 Galant’s gauges, climate and stereo controls, are obsolete. Moreover, they’re difficult to read quickly. Such an insignificant at first glance defect can distract a driver’s attention from the road and, consequently, make the car unmanageable. What can happen next, you know.
The steering wheel in the Galant uses only a tilt function, without a telescope one. It can be a problem for extraordinarily tall drivers. Also, the Galant’s cargo capacity is 13.3 cu ft, less than its rivals’. The auto could offer more of it if the rear seats folded flat.
Still, the 2012 Mitsubishi Galant isn’t deprived of advantages. Its cabin is very spacious. There’s plenty of head- and legroom front and back. All seats are trimmed with soft-touch materials and are comfortable to travel on.
Engine & Mileage
Both trim levels the Mitsubishi Galant comes in – the ES and SE – are equipped with the same engine. It is 2.4-litre 4-cylinder that generates 160 hp at 5,500 rpm and 157 lb/ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. But it’s teamed up with an old-time four-speed automatic transmission.
The 2012 Galant is estimated at 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway (24 mpg combined). Such mileage seems decent unless you compare these figures with ones of other mid-size cars. Then, you’ll realize that the Galant lost once again.
Safety and Other Features
The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant makes the ride safe with the help of front, front side, and side curtain airbags and ABS with stability control. The Institute for Highway Safety graded the Galant with the ‘Good’ rating for frontal and side impacts, ‘Acceptable’ for roof strength, and ‘Marginal’ for rear impact.
As it has been already mentioned, the 2012 Galant is available in two trim levels – the ES (basic) and SE (top-of-the-line). Among standard features installed on the ES models are 16-inch steel wheels, height-adjustable driver’s seat, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, keyless entry, engine immobilizer, traction control, air conditioning, and six-speaker stereo system.
The SE versions add 18-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel wrapped in leather, sunroof, heated mirrors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear spoiler, heated seats at the front, automatic climate control, navigation system, rear-view camera, Bluetooth, Sirius satellite radio, and Rockford-Fosgate audio system.
The list of optional features for the ES cars includes rear lip spoiler, leather seats, remote ignition, and iPod adapter while on the SE cars, you can additionally install just remote ignition function and wrap the seats in leather.
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