By KBB.com Editors
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
160 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
157 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg
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."
3 people out of 5 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"
10 people out of 23 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."
14 people out of 21 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