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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.
Favorite Features

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 321 Ratings for the 2004 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

VERY RELIABLE AND CHEAP!

By on Sunday, March 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 201,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great price, fun 2 drive, sporty, reliable, smooth"

Cons: "ac, mpg, dash tech, rare parts"

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

"I got my Galant about 4 years ago with about 80000 on it currently has 201000. the car is very reliable I must say it took me everywhere with very little problems then. I think the overall comfort of the car is awesome I sometimes get tired while sitting in the seats because of the excellent arch support and durability. I do think the car gets hot a lot especially on summer days and the AC went out twice so its a common problem in this car. the overall car drives well it picks-up speed fast for a 4clydr excellent steering controls although I wish it has more of a sporty steering wheel. only big problem that I had with this car is timing belt broke a couple weeks ago and it is a interference engine so its killing my pockets at about $1200 so make sure you keep the maintenance up to par when it comes to timing belt. Another thing I dislike about the performance is on cold starts it doesn't have the spunk that it usually has on warmer days. personally I think the car lacks technology for the year for example like aux input overall quality of dash and radio. but if you are looking to buy this car she will do you well if you stay up on maintenance [[ there is a fuse on the battery terminal which is very very very difficult to find and every now and then they blow... it is cheap $1.29 but I had to go 4 hours away to get the part]]"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great First Car

By on Thursday, February 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "great price for an aisan car"

Cons: "small driver area and air conditioning problem."

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

"this is my first car. i bought it in 2012 with 93000 miles and now has 103000. it has average acceleration especially for a midsize 4 door sedan. ive had to replace the timing belt which is to be expected at some point from any car. one thing worth noting is that the air conditioning needed replacing which apparently was a common problem with this model. other than that, regular maitenance and it has slightly below gas mileage. im not that tall (5 8) and my head almost reached the cieling while driving so keep that in mind. it has a nice looking body for an 04 and hopefully will last until 150000 miles at least!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I've had my Galant for 5 years and still love it!

By on Monday, September 02, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"Love my car it has almost 170,000 miles on it and still runs well with very few repairs over the 5 years other than tires, brakes and oil changes."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Very Good Car!

By on Thursday, August 15, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Gas mileage , Price, Maintance, Sleek Look"

Cons: "No rear folding seat"

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

2011 Mitsubishi Galant with Chrome Package and Fog Lights

"I brought my 2011 Galant brand new from the dealer. I have not had a single problem from my car. My gas mileage is awesome if only the gas price would go down. Anyway I just wish the rear seats would fold down. It is quite hard to fit larger items in the truck. If only I had known that little detail before I purchased. Other than that it is a good car for the price. I am very please with the car and wish they didn't discontinue this model. I was thinking about upgrading to the 2013!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

2011 Mitsubishi Galant with Chrome Package and Fog Lights

This car has been very reliable.

By on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 167,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, no major mechanical problems."

Cons: "A/C gives out, defaulty condensor."

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

"I am very impressed with this vehicle, I have had this vehicle for over four years. It has been very reliable with no major problems. Other than the a/c giving out about 1/2 year ago; the vehicle has not let me down. I love this car!!!!!!!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Still runs great and exterior looks like new

By on Thursday, July 25, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

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
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Wonderful service center, no mechanical issues"

Cons: "Mitubishi not making this model anymore"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Very reliable car. In 8 years of owning it, I've had no major issues. Did replace all belts a few months ago, at the dealer's and manual's recommendation. This cost about $750. Replaced all 4 tires once. Other than that, it's just been things like brakes, windshield wipers, a headlight bulb. If my 17 year old daughter didn't need a car, I'd continue to drive it for myself!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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