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2012 Mitsubishi Galant

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2012 Mitsubishi Galant Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.8

2012 marks the final year of production for the Galant mid-size sedan as Mitsubishi focuses on making smaller cars and more aggressive rivals such as Hyundai and Kia grab market share in this highly competitive segment. As 5-passenger mid-size sedans go, the Galant often takes a back seat to market leaders Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. Yet the car does offer some features as standard that others don't, such as an automatic transmission and keyless entry on ES models and navigation with a backup camera on SE versions. But the car trails competitors when it comes to engine choices, power rating, fuel economy and overall creature comforts.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want an alternative to the market leaders that has a low starting price and a relatively spacious rear seat, the 2012 Mitsubishi Galant is worth a look.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want a mid-size sedan with a 6-cylinder engine or one rated at more than 30 mpg, you'd be better off looking at just about any other competitor.

What's New for 2012

The Galant carries over unchanged from 2011, when it received a half-inch ride height reduction, chrome beltline, power glass sunroof and HomeLink automatic garage door opener in the SE version.

Driving the Galant

Driving Impressions The 2012 Galant's 160-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder provides just enough oomph to drive swiftly, but certainly not enthusiastically. Ride quality is comparable to rival sedans. Steering is a little slow when...

it comes to driving the vehicle aggressively, but satisfying otherwise. Available only as an automatic, you won't have the opportunity to row through the gears as with a manual. The Sportronic transmission is only a 4-speed at that, but it does allow for manual gear changes. In higher-level Galant SE form, 18-inch tires improve handling without sacrificing ride comfort.

Navigation
Standard on SE versions of 2012 Galant, the 7-inch touch-screen displays clear directions in addition to points of interests and Diamond Lane Guidance. Also standard on the SE is a 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system with eight speakers and 6-disc CD player.

Warranty:
Like every Mitsubishi, the Galant comes with a generous warranty and roadside assistance program. The basic warranty is a 5-year/60,000-mile affair, while the powertrain components are covered for 10 years/100,000 miles. Roadside assistance is good for five years and an unlimited amount of miles during that time period.

2012 Mitsubishi Galant Details
Interior

The Galant's interior is showing its age. Big knobs and large, shiny dash surfaces might have worked a few years ago, but look outdated when compared with competitors' sleeker, more fluid designs. For what they are, the large rotary knobs that control climate and the sound system work well and are easily identifiable. Seating is comfortable, with passengers in the rear reporting good legroom and headroom. The back seat does not fold down, though – only a trunk pass-through is provided – which limits the Galant's cargo-carrying capacity. Leather seating can be had, in addition to heated driver and passenger seats.

Exterior

The Mitsubishi Galant looks more unassuming than competitors such as the Kia Optima, instead offering more traditional sedan looks. But its bold nose and nicely sloping rear do help. The SE form gets some personality with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, chrome exhaust tips and fog lights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base ES form, the 2012 Galant comes with air conditioning, cruise control, engine immobilizer, height-adjustable driver's seat, keyless entry, extendable sun visors and traction control. The SE model is much better equipped with features including a DVD navigation system and rearview camera, 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system, 18-inch wheels, Bluetooth, a power driver's seat, automatic climate control, and Sirius satellite radio. All Galant models feature Mitsubishi's transferable 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Optional Equipment

Leather seating, rear lip spoiler, rear-view camera, iPod adapter and remote engine start are among the minimal options available on Galant ES models. The SE options list is even shorter, but includes leather and remote engine start.

Under the Hood

All Galant models use the same engine: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder featuring the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) system. Power = 160 hp. Transmission = 4-speed automatic.

2.4-liter inline-4
160 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
157 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg

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2012 Mitsubishi Galant Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 338 Ratings for the 2004 - 2012 models.

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

GOOD DEPENABLE CAR

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "FAIR PRICE"

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

"THIS IS A SECOND CAR NOT DRIVEN EVERY DAY SO IT HAS LOW MILEAGE. NEW FRONT BREAKS AND MOST FLUIDS HAVE BEEN CHANGED. NO DAMAGE AND ONLY PROBLEM I HAD TO REPLACE TWO WINDOW MOTORS."

6 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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."

11 people out of 21 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!"

3 people out of 5 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."

14 people out of 19 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! :("

9 people out of 12 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."

25 people out of 36 found this review helpful

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