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2009 Mitsubishi Galant

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2009 Mitsubishi Galant Review

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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. Mitsubishi hopes to change its fortunes with the early introduction of the 2009 Galant. Given a major refreshening both inside and out, the Galant's flashy styling and value-packed standard-equipment list should prove a tempting lure for buyers shopping the more mainstream Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. On the other hand, fierce new competition from Chevrolet's Malibu, and the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, means the Galant is in a tough market. Look for Mitsubishi to continue offering a number of attractive incentive programs to make it even easier to purchase a Galant.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a family sedan with a plush interior, a racy exterior and a nice big back seat, the 2009 Mitsubishi Galant should be on your shopping list. The Ralliart trim delivers surprisingly good off-the-line performance and handling capability.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2009

New exterior styling includes a revised front end, new taillamp treatment and a new lineup consisting of four trims: ES, Sport Edition, Sport V6 and Ralliart. Four-cylinder models sold in California, Maine, New York, Vermont and Massachusetts qualify as Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicles (PZEV).

Driving the Galant

Driving Impressions The 2009 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.

2009 Mitsubishi Galant Details
2009 Mitsubishi Galant photo Interior

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 SUV. 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 2009 Mitsubishi Galant is 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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Galant ES features 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, tilt wheel, height-adjustable driver's seat, AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player, air conditioning, rear-seat pass-through, 16-inch tires with full wheel covers and a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. The Sport Edition trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, rear spoiler, fog lamps, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, power glass sunroof and an eight-way power driver's seat. The Sport V6 adds a 230-horsepower V6, five-speed automatic transmission, traction control and a 360-watt Rockford audio system. The Ralliart adds a 258-horsepower V6, 18-inch wheels and a sport suspension. Stand-alone options include floor mats, an iPod adapter and a trunk cargo organizer.

Optional Equipment

Mitsubishi has packaged the Galant to be well-equipped and attractive in its segment, leaving only a few options for each trim. ES models can be equipped with the Sun, Sound and Leather package, which includes 17-inch wheels, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, leather seats, power sunroof, power driver's seat and the Rockford audio system. The Ralliart offers a Navigation package that adds DVD navigation, rear backup camera and a seven-inch LCD touch-screen panel.

Under the Hood

The Galant offers four trim levels, two with the four-cylinder engine, one with a 230-horsepower V6 and the last, 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
155 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27

3.8-liter V6
230 horsepower @ 5250 rpm
250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25

3.8-liter V6 MIVEC
258 horsepower @ 5750 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25

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2009 Mitsubishi Galant Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 337 Ratings for the 2004 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

great car

By on Saturday, March 21, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: total loss

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price, great ride, roomy and comfortable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car for my daughter to go to college and wanted a dependable, somewhat economical, safe vehicle. I especially liked the size thinking if she was ever in an accident she would have more protection with highway distances to home. 5 years later my worse fears came true, a highway accident where she rolled the vehicle. thank you Mitsubishi she was safe. I am looking for another one."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great Car For The Price!

By on Thursday, March 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great price, excellent fuel mileage, good driver"

Cons: "A little bit "Plain Jane" and a little road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought the car used with almost 50,000 miles on it. Have put an additional 10,000 miles on it with no trouble whatsoever. Drives good, rides good and has adequate acceleration. We get 32 MPG on the highway (while running the A/C) and about 25 MPG in town. The premium stereo sounds terrific. For the price point, it's an excellent buy. The car is a bit "Plain Jane" on options and accessories, but it's as good as any in its price range. You get what you pay for ... if you're lucky. if you want the other options and goodies, pay the extra and get them on another car. We got lucky and got what we paid for ... plus a little more than we expected. Great car ... great price!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Dependable, smooth ride, easy handling, love it

By on Friday, February 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very comfortable ride, low maintenance, leg room!!"

Cons: "Turning radius but I can live with it"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have riden in and driven Hondas and Toyotas on business trips that were 2007 & 2008 but I have to admit this Galant out shines them both. It is roomier, more dependable, and a lot more stylish than its competitors. Don't overlook this automobile on the used car market today. You will definitely enjoy the ride and comfort and the peace of mind it will afford you."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

First Car. Regret Selling. Would Buy Back :(

By on Wednesday, February 04, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Stupid Mistake.

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliability, cheap and EASY to maintain."

Cons: "Not the best gas mileage, limited features, 4speed"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My first car was a 2007 Mitsubishi Galant ES trim. I sold it a couple years ago, due to lack of logic, for a Toyota Solara SLE. I bought it with 43,000 miles on it and sold it with 73,000. I NEVER had a single problem with my Galant. City, highway, and numerous long distance drives (1000-mile+) and I never had a single issue. Cheap and incredibly easy to maintain. Comfortable ride quality given the Galant's low price and lack of features. My only complaint is the 4-speed transmission which robs this car of acceleration and better gas mileage. Wish I were more humble, otherwise I'd still have this car. Miss it! :("

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great fuel economy, super economical car

By on Monday, November 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

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."

20 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Really comfortable car for the family

By on Saturday, November 22, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: upgrade

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

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."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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