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Mitsubishi may be well-known for its sports cars and SUVs, but its family sedan sometimes gets overlooked by the masses. Although the 2008 Mitsubishi Galant doesn't receive as much mention as the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, as midsize family sedans go, it offers some worthy features. Unique exterior styling helps the Galant stand out from the more conservatively-designed class leaders and its roomy, well-equipped interior is both pleasing and solidly constructed. Best of all, Mitsubishi continues to offer a number of attractive incentive programs to make it even easier to purchase a Galant.
If you're looking for a family sedan with a plush interior, a racy exterior and a nice big back seat, the 2008 Mitsubishi Galant should be on your shopping list. The Ralliart trim delivers surprisingly good off-the-line performance and handling capability.
If you're looking for a sport sedan with a manual transmission, you're going to have to stick with Honda or Volkswagen. Although it does feature a center pass-through slot, the Galant's rear seatback cannot be folded down.
The GTS trim is dropped from the line with much of its standard content spread out to the DE and ES trims. Mitsubishi makes a tire-pressure-monitoring system standard on all models.
Driving Impressions The 2008 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart's potent V6, though a bit loud at idle, has a nice throaty growl when you punch it. With 258 horsepower, the performance is exhilarating and...quick, and the Ralliart has no trouble merging with freeway traffic or passing on the highway. Once under way, you'll discover the speed-sensitive hydraulic power steering delivers accurate feedback in most maneuvers, but feels a bit slow to respond during really hard driving. The Ralliart trim, with its low-profile 18-inch performance tires, provides precise handling without a harsh ride.
Blue Dash Lights
The blue dash lighting on white-face gauges (GTS) really stands out in this field.
Sportronic Automatic Transmission
Mitsubishi's Sportronic automatic is one of the better transmissions on the market.
The Galant's interior is a refreshing blend of bold, modern design and soothing blue light. The dash, steering wheel and center console take their cues from the Endeavor. Large rotary knobs control the heating and fan speeds as well as the sound system volume and tuning functions---a much-needed improvement over previous Mitsubishi stereo systems. Redesigned doors have integrated cup holders up front and storage pockets for small electronic devices in back. We found the Galant's seating to be first-rate, with rear-seat passengers reporting plenty of legroom and a surprising amount of headroom. The absence of a fold-down rear seatback, however, limits the Galant's ability to carry large or bulky items.Exterior
While the Mitsubishi Galant plays in the same market segment as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the powerful front nose, sloping fastback rear window and short deck lid give it an appearance all its own. The sporty Galant Ralliart seems to be aimed directly at buyers who require four doors, but also want a bit more personality than most sedans offer. It has several subtle touches that set it apart stylistically, such as side mirrors that are attached to the doors by slim plastic arms and front headlamp turn signals sealed in huge tinted plastic casings.
The Galant DE comes standard with a 160-horsepower 2.4-liter engine, four-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, front side-impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, rear cup holders, rear defroster, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, keyless entry, engine immobilizer, automatic headlamps, AM/FM stereo with CD, rear-seat pass-through, tilt wheel and 16-inch tires with full wheel covers.
Options vary by trim level and include a 3.8-liter V6 with five-speed Sportronic automatic transmission (Ralliart), alloy wheels, heated leather seats, power driver's seat, anti-lock brakes (ABS), DVD navigation, faux leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls, SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Ralliart), Rockford Acoustic Design audio and heated side mirrors.
The Galant offers three trim levels, two with the four-cylinder engine, and one, the Ralliart, with a high-output V6. The Galant's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is adequate for around-town driving and returns impressive city and highway fuel economy. The V6 is best suited to those who demand extra power, the kind required for quicker acceleration when merging or passing.
2.4-liter in-line 4
160 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
157 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27
3.8-liter V6 MIVEC
258 horsepower @ 5750 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25
By Tahwhooee on Monday, November 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great fuel mileage, extremely reliable"
Cons: "Rear seat does not fold down."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Mechanically great and pretty good power for a 4 cyl, although certainly not a fast sexy car. It does love to cruise at highway speeds and with the awesome high mileage, fuel saver tires I put on it, I am getting 32 mpg on the highway. My last car was a wonderul Honda Accord, and although I miss the styling and comfort of the Accord, (outside and particularly interior) I cannot complain about this little trooper. It gets me where I want and need to go, is great on road trips across the desert and through the mountains, is reliable and consistent. I recommend this car to anyone looking for great fuel economy, reliability and practicality."
13 people out of 21 found this review helpful
By nscott84 on Saturday, November 22, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Pros: "comfortable, drove well"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I would definitely recommend this car for a small family. It was nice, drove smoothly and was reliable for the duration of my ownership. It wasn't fancy, none of that Bluetooth and touch screen and the model I had didn't have power seats but I enjoyed taking trips in it and was sad to see her go."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By sigman1950 on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,800overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "drivetrain and dependability"
Cons: "terrible turning radius"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Very underrated against the Accords and Camry's,a bulletproof drivetrain,it's a shame that Mitsubishi did not decide to compete against the other Japanese full size sedans and folded their cards.Mitsubishi powerplants are as good as any on the planet,extremely durable and lively."
6 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Marie on Monday, September 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000overall rating 2 of 10rating details
Pros: "Cheap for the economy"
Cons: "Noises start ups bad in gas generic brake pads"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"This vehicle is so bad in gas a quarter tank takes u cross town and back and your gas light turns on"
9 people out of 22 found this review helpful
By GMV on Thursday, August 28, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Dependibility and low maintenance costs!"
Cons: "Have none."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Have had no issues small or big with this vehicle. General maintenance and when their was an issue (one time) it was covered by warranty, which was unexpected. I have driven many u.s. made vehicles that always had little issues and sometimes big issues. Have been very happy with this vehicle and would consider buying a new one if they still made them."
13 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By C. Monroe on Sunday, August 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good all around, reliable with regular service."
Cons: "Ain't sexy, no mp3. No longer make the 6cyl"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The Galant is one of the best vehicles I have ever owned and driven regularly. I have the 6 cyl which is more than ample power. It has the very basic creature comforts inside, ride is firm but not too harsh and the car has never left me on the side of the road. I have an excellent independent mechanic who does regular maintenance and repairs at reasonable cost."
11 people out of 17 found this review helpful