Introduced in 1985, the Mitsubishi Galant was originally a compact model but later transitioned to a midsize sedan. The U.S. market saw five generational changes for this vehicle before it was discontinued in 2012.
2004 to 2012: Mitsubishi Galant
The fifth and final generation of the Mitsubishi Galant was produced for nine model years beginning in 2004 and ending in 2012. This midsize, front-wheel drive sedan seats five.
Among midsize cars, the Galant offers a relatively basic package. While other trims have been available throughout this run, two trim levels, ES and SE, were offered all throughout this generation. Galant ES models are equipped with power accessories, air conditioning and a CD player. The Galant SE adds a sunroof and a power driver’s seat.
In 2007, Mitsubishi refreshed the Galant’s exterior and introduced a performance Ralliart model. A navigation system became available for the first time as an optional upgrade. A second refresh of the exterior took place in 2009. Two new options were made available as well: a rearview camera and Bluetooth connectivity.
In 2010, Mitsubishi improved the Galant by adding standard traction control, stability control and antilock brakes. The Galant SE gained a navigation system, a rearview camera, an upgraded audio system and satellite radio. Beginning in 2011, the SE edition gained a power sunroof.
Upon its inception, the fifth-generation Galant offered a pair of engine choices. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 160 horsepower was standard. Also available was a 3.8-liter V6 engine making 230 horsepower. A four-speed automatic transmission was standard with both engine choices
Beginning in 2007, a Ralliart trim was offered. Engine tweaks increased performance to 258 horsepower. Both versions of the V6 were paired with a five-speed automatic transmission from 2007 on.
In addition to a performance boost, the Galant Ralliart benefits from 18-inch wheels, larger rear disc brakes, a stiffer suspension and a rear anti-roll bar.
Mitsubishi continued with the two V6 engine variants through 2009. Beginning in 2010 and lasting through the Galant’s 2012 cancellation, only a four-cylinder engine was offered.
Midsize sedan shoppers will find numerous competitors in this segment. These include domestic choices such as the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu and Chrysler 200. Alternatives from Japan, Korea and Europe include the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, Subaru Legacy and Kia Optima.
Earlier Mitsubishi Galant Models
The Galant name was launched in 1969 and initially marketed exclusively in Japan and Oceania. A wagon version of this vehicle was sold as the Dodge Colt wagon in the United States from the late 1970s to 1991. That model represented just one of several rebadged Mitsubishi models sold by the Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge brands as part of a partnership Mitsubishi had with the Chrysler Corporation at the time.
The first Mitsubishi Galant to arrive stateside was a 1985 edition. While it was the fifth generation for this model in international markets, it was the first-generation model for the Galant in North America. The second-generation Mitsubishi Galant was sold from 1987 to 1993. The third-generation model was offered from 1994 to 1998, and the fourth-generation model was sold from 1999 to 2003.