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2006 Mitsubishi Galant Sedan

4dr Sdn DE 2.4L Auto

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Overview
The Mitsubishi Galant does everything well. It rides comfortably and quietly and offers competent, responsive handling. Its optional V6 provides ample power for passing, and its automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Its cabin is roomy and comfortable. It's a good family car, and a good value in the midsize market.

Then again, it has to be. Mitsubishi launched this bigger, more mainstream Galant just two years ago and it goes up against established nameplates such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima. That the Galant offers all the benefits of these other cars, at a reasonable price, is no small accomplishment. If you are shopping for a midsize sedan, it makes sense to visit your Mitsubishi dealer.

The one area where Galant breaks from the pack is in styling. The Galant is no wallflower. It's distinctive enough to turn heads in traffic, and not everyone will like what they see. Conversely, some of the Galant's competitors seem calculated to make no statement at all.

Galant was launched as an all-new model for 2004. For 2005, Mitsubishi enhanced Galant's safety by making seat-mounted side-impact airbags standard on all models. For 2006, Mitsubishi has subtly massaged Galant's styling inside and out, upgraded its sound systems and added MP3 capability on all but the base model; and added some standard equipment to nearly every trim level.


Model Lineup
The 2006 Mitsubishi Galant comes in four trim levels: DE ($18,999) and ES ($19,899) are powered by a 160-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and come standard with a four-speed automatic transmission.

LS ($22,499) and GTS ($26,499) feature a 230-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6. They also come with a four-speed automatic transmission, but with a Sportronic mode for semi-manual shifting.

Standard features on all Galants include air conditioning; front and side-impact airbags; height-adjustable driver's seat; power windows, door locks and exterior mirrors; AM/FM/CD stereo; four-wheel disc brakes; rear-seat heater ducts; carpeted floor mats; and electronic lock-out protection. DE, ES and LS come with steel wheels and 215/60R16 all-season tires.

ES and LS both come with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). They also get premium cloth-trimmed seating surfaces, silver and black metallic interior trim, cruise control, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with six instead of four audio speakers, a new "ice blue" LED audio information display, and other amenities. Of course the LS adds the V6 engine, plus traction control and a power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support.

Leather is an option for LS ($1,185) and ES ($1,485) and adds the power driver's seat to the latter; the package includes seat heaters and heated outside mirrors. The Audio Package (available only with leather) adds a 270-watt Mitsubishi/Infinity sound system with six-CD changer and MP3 capability, sport-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and an anti-theft alarm. Optional 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels for the ES and LS come packaged with a new tire-pressure monitor ($300). A power glass sunroof ($800) is also available.

The GTS adds automatic climate control; power glass sunroof; leather upholstery; wood accents on the dashboard; leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant audio controls; heated front seats and side mirrors; the high-zoot Mitsubishi/Infinity 270-watt stereo; color LCD audio display with fuel mileage computer, maintenance reminder, outside temperature, calendar and compass; white-on-black gauges; color-keyed rear spoiler; special tail lamps; sporty-sounding muffler; 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels with lower profile tires; tire pressure monitor; and a front suspension strut-tower brace. No options are offered for the GTS.

       

Walkaround
The Mitsubishi Galant makes a strong styling statement. The long, wedgy stance of the Mitsubishi Galant leaves no doubt that it is a bona-fide midsize sedan.

Not everyone agrees on the success of the design, but there's no disputing it's fresh and different. Head on, the Galant brings to mind the Mitsubishi Endeavor and Outlander SUVs. A dominating, vertical bar splits the grille, the outboard ends of which bend upward as if grinning. Sculpted headlight housings cover the forward edges of the front fenders. A strong, fully integrated, one-piece bumper and lower fascia with inset fog lights complete the presentation.

In profile, the Galant avoids the boring box-on-box look commonly associated with conservative mid-size sedans. The roofline picks up from the graceful sweep of the hood and arcs cleanly over perfectly proportioned side windows. Door handles integrate nicely into the design while providing an easy grasp. Wheel arches are mildly blistered and boldly circular, wrapping concentrically around the tires. The deck lid seems truncated, as if it were abruptly chopped off when somebody realized it was getting too long to stay in balance with the front overhang. The aerodynamicists argue this works well in a wind tunnel, but on the street, it's a bit of a visual hiccup.

The view from the rear is something else, almost as if different people designed the two ends of the car. Where the front is soft and molded, the back is angular and carved, tending much more toward the vertical. Adding to the awkward, not-quite-finished look, the license plate hangs off the lower edge of the rear bumper, almost as if it were an afterthought. The GTS presents a more finished rear departure than the other models, with its nicely tailored, understated spoiler lip along the trailing edge of the trunk lid; and its modular-style taillight assemblies.

 

Interior Features
The Galant has a roomy, comfortable interior. The seats are supportive without being overly firm. The GTS seats seem to offer a bit more support because of the leather upholstery. Also, the LS and GTS offer more adjustments. A dead pedal is positioned on the same plane as the accelerator, giving drivers a place to brace their left leg when cornering or for reduced strain on long trips.

Galant matches the generous front legroom in the Honda Accord, but Accord offers about a half-inch more headroom with a sunroof, and nearly an inch more without. Taller people should think twice about ordering the sunroof, as it reduces front headroom by 2 inches. Otherwise, interior roominess is comparable to that of the Chevrolet Malibu and Nissan Altima, placing Galant among the roomiest sedans in the class. Visibility is good all around, notably to the rear quarters, thanks to slim C-pillars. The high beltline gives passengers a secure feeling.

Controls are right-sized and easy to use, with knobs and buttons and rocker switches galore. The HVAC (heater) knobs are big and easy to operate even with gloves on. The A/C indicator is hard to see in bright sunlight, however. At night the instruments are cobalt blue on black, and on all but DE the audio panel now features ice blue LED illumination.

Quality of materials is hit and miss, with the climate control and audio panel a big hit, making the rest more of a miss than it would be otherwise. The interior of the basic DE is quite plain, of course. The ES, LS, and GTS add bright metallic trim (a silver tone for '06 replacing the '05's titanium) to the door handles, radio buttons, and the dashboard's accent panels; with a new black metallic finish highlighting the center audio panel.

In addition to its standard leather upholstery, GTS features wood accents for a richer look. Mitsubishi still offers a choice of black or creme leather; but now when you order creme the door armrests, door grips, center console lid, and seatbelts are all color-coordinated (instead of black) for a better-integrated appearance. Even the wood on the dash is lighter: With creme you get what Mitsubishi calls Brownwood, while black-leather Galants still feature Blackwood.

The dash still has a clinical look, however, friendly to the eyes but cold and austere in presence. Geometric shapes and angles in the steering wheel spokes don't mesh well with the slopes, arcs and arches of the gauge cluster. The standard steering wheel doesn't feel like a high-quality piece, either; fortunately a nicer leather-wrapped wheel comes with the GTS. Each door has a storage pocket. Two medium-size cup holders are molded into the front center console rearward of the shift gate; where dust, dirt and spilled liquids are likely to require regular wipe-ups.

The rear seat is reasonably roomy and adequate, though the seating position is a bit low and the bottom cushions could offer a bit more thigh support. Rear-seat passengers enjoy decent headroom in spite of the Galant's dramatically sloping roofline.

The Galant's trunk is slightly smaller than Accord's, and its trunk opening is a bit restricted. Galant's rear seats cannot be folded down to extend the cargo space, a significant omission in this segment.

For 2006, the keyless entry controls have been integrated into the key, eliminating the separate fob.

 

Driving Impressions
The Mitsubishi Galant delivers a smooth, quiet ride, thanks largely to its stiff platform, wide stance and long wheelbase. Minimal noise leaks into the cabin, just a slight rumble from the tires and a discernible whistle from the exterior mirrors at highway speeds.

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine in the DE and ES features Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and lift Electronic Control (MIVEC), which switches between two different cam profiles for optimum power, response, and efficiency at high and low engine speeds. The Galant four-cylinder develops 160 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 157 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm, competitive figures for the class.

The V6 in the LS and GTS makes freeway merging easy. Passes on two-lane roads are completed without drama. The V6 is rated 230 horsepower and, more important, 250 pound-feet of torque, a substantial figure; torque is that force that propels the car from intersections and up hills.

The four-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, although it does hunt a bit in hilly territory. In the normal mode, it shifts automatically. With the Sportronic feature, it can be switched into a semi-manual mode for more control; it will not shift up or down automatically when in the manual mode, so the driver has full control over shifting.

For its size and heft, the Galant feels decently planted on all but the most twisting roads. The GTS suspension feels firm. The suspension used in the DE/ES/LS models is softer, so the car moves around a little more when driven hard through corners.

The V6 models come standard with electronic traction control, which can selectively apply the brakes at one or more wheels and/or reduce engine power to control wheel spin on uncertain surfaces. It's especially useful in the rain, but even in dry weather can eliminate annoying screeches from the light when you take off.

Brake feel is solid and reassuring, but the Galant is not a light car. Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) come standard on all but the base model. EBD proportions braking pressure between the front and rear wheels depending on how the car is loaded, and adjusts stopping pressure dynamically as weight shifts forward under hard braking. The idea is to send the brake pressure to the wheels with the most weight on them, which is where it can do the most good. This gives the Galant stable braking performance.

 

Summary
The Mitsubishi Galant represents a viable alternative among mid-size sedans. It does everything reasonably well and is enjoyable to drive. Compare prices to the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and other cars in its class.

New Car Test Drive correspondent Tom Lankard filed this report from San Francisco; editor Mitch McCullough contributed to this report.

 

Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Mitsubishi Galant DE ($18,999); ES ($19,899); LS ($22,499); GTS ($26,499)
Engines: 160-hp 2.4-liter sohc 16-valve inline-4; 230-hp 3.8-liter sohc 24-valve V6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic; 4-speed Sportronic automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual two-stage front airbags; seat-mounted side-impact airbags; front seatbelt pre-tensioners and front passenger occupant sensors; LATCH universal child seat anchors; emergency inside trunk release
Safety equipment (optional): ABS with EBD, traction control, tire pressure monitor
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Normal, Illinois

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Mitsubishi Galant LS ($22,499)
Standard equipment: air conditioning; cruise control; power 8-way adjustable driver seat with lumbar; power exterior mirrors, windows, central locking and remote trunk release; tilt steering wheel; 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo; trunk lamp; trunk access pass-through; and two accessory power outlets
Options as tested (MSRP): Sunroof Package ($800) includes front map lights, illuminated vanity mirrors; LS Leather Package ($1185) includes leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and exterior mirrors; Audio Package includes 270-watt Mitsubishi/Infinity stereo, sport-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, anti-theft alarm; 16-inch aluminum wheels ($300) include tire pressure monitor.
Destination charge: 595
Gas guzzler tax:  
Price as tested (MSRP): 26379
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 3.8-liter sohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 230 @ 5250
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 250 @ 4000
Transmission: 4-speed Sportronic automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 19/27
Wheelbase: 108.3
Length/width/height: 190.6/72.4/57.9
Track, f/r: 61.8/61.8
Turning circle: 37.4
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 37.7/54.4/42.6
Head/hip/leg room, m:  
Head/hip/leg room, r: 37.0/52.9/37.0
Trunk volume: 13.3
Payload:  
Towing capacity:  
Suspension, f: independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r: independent, multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance: 5.9
Curb weight: 3583
Tires: P215/60R16
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS and EBD
Fuel capacity: 17.7

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of 2005-04-25 00:00:00.0 .
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-888-648-7820 - www.mitsubishicars.com


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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain 10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 7 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

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