Even if it hasn’t received a face lift since 2004, the Mitsubishi Galant has undergone a few changes for the 2010 model year. The new car will only be offered in ES and SE trim levels, each powered by a 2.4 Liter four cylinder engine that delivers a maximum output of 160 HP mated to a 4 speed automatic transmission. Mitsubishi has discontinued the Sport Edition, Sport V6, and Ralliart versions for 2010, but prices for the remaining models start at $21,599 for the ES and goes up to $23,999 for the SE version.
The 2010 Galant features a silver painted mesh front grill, color matched door handles and power side mirrors, rear window defroster and an antenna integrated into the rear glass. The SE model is distinguished by a set of 18 inch alloy wheels, body colored rear spoiler and chrome exhaust tips. Standard equipment includes: anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control (TCL), Active Stability Control (ASC), dual stage front airbags, front seat mounted side impact airbags and side front and rear curtain airbags.
Press release after the jump.
The 2010 Galant line is different for a reason with two distinct trim levels, both feature-packed to provide the premium value that midsize buyers are looking for. The Galant is available in ES and SE trims, both powered by an efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The MIVEC four-cylinder engine has been revised for the 2010 model year and now shows an improved highway fuel economy rating of 30 MPG. All 2010 Galant models come standard with a four-speed Sportronic® automatic transmission. Also standard is a host of handling aids for improved driver control during all situations, including anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control (TCL), and Active Stability Control (ASC).
For 2010, the Galant SE comes standard with the Navigation & Rear Camera package. Adding value to the SE’s already impressive list of features, this package includes a 7-inch LCD touch panel Mitsubishi multi communication system with DVD-based navigation. Also included in the package are Mitsubishi Diamond Lane Guidance and a rearview back up camera system.
The Galant midsize sedans, along with the Eclipse coupe and Eclipse Spyder sports models and the Endeavor crossover SUV, are all built in the Mitsubishi manufacturing plant in Normal, Ill. One of the industry’s most flexible assembly plants, the Mitsubishi manufacturing facility is proudly celebrating its 22nd anniversary of vehicle production in 2010.
Smart Mitsubishi Styling
The 2010 Galant stands apart from the sedan crowd with a smartly styled front end and sophisticated lines that are especially apparent in the rear three-quarter view. A silver painted mesh front grille has been added for improved aerodynamics and sharper, more upscale looks. Standard on both Galant models are color-keyed grip-type door handles, rear window defroster, color-keyed dual power side view mirrors, and a glass antenna. New standard 18-inch alloy wheels, color-keyed rear spoiler, and chrome exhaust finisher identify the Galant SE model.
2.4L MIVEC four-cylinder engine, 160 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 157 lbs-ft at 4,000 rpm
Inside, premium materials enhance the Galant’s interior and passenger comfort. Galant provides a roomy midsize package with 101.0 cu. ft. of passenger space and a generous 37 inches of rear legroom. Interior fabrics and surfaces are designed to impart comfort, warmth and refinement. In addition, a wide array of available user technologies meets with the latest consumer demands for onboard entertainment and convenience.
Performance and Top Safety in One Package
A revised 160-hp 2.4-liter MIVEC four-cylinder engine, teamed to a standard four-speed Sportronic automatic transmission, powers both the Galant ES and SE models. The already efficient engine has been further refined for 2010 to produce a refined highway fuel economy rating of 30 MPG.
Four-cylinder Galant models sold in California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont are certified as Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicles (PZEV). That means that they not only meet the ultra-stringent California Super Low Emission Vehicles (SULEV) standard but also have zero evaporative emissions from the fuel system and come with an extended (15 years or 150,000 miles) warranty on emission-control components. The PZEV-certified Galant has just slightly less rated power output – 155 hp compared to 160 for the federally certified model. PZEV-certified vehicles can also be purchased in states neighboring those with the requirement.
The Galant’s rigid body structure sets the stage for responsive handling and a sporty driving experience, balanced by a smooth, quiet ride. The proven MacPherson strut design front suspension attaches to a sub-frame featuring a large, rigid cross member. The SE model features a standard front strut tower bar. The low-mounted, multi-link rear suspension features stiff hydro-formed cross members that minimize flex and help reduce road noise inside the cabin.
All Galant models come standard with a high level of safety technology, including anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control (TCL), Active Stability Control (ASC), dual-stage front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and side front and rear curtain airbags. Standard convenience and security features include an engine immobilizer and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which can immediately alert the driver to a sudden loss or change in tire pressure.
New Value Standard
Illustrating Mitsubishi’s attention to customer value, the Galant ES models are equipped as standard with such premium features as power windows and door locks, 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, and cruise control. Additional premium features in the Galant SE include an automatic climate control system, 8-way power driver’s seat, sport-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, parabolic fog lights, chrome exhaust finisher, theft-deterrent alarm system, color-keyed rear lip spoiler, front strut tower bar, and an illuminated glove box.
The Galant SE model also adds a standard 650-watt Rockford Acoustic Design™ premium audio system that includes SIRIUS® Satellite Radio with a 3-month pre-paid subscription.
Adding premium features and increased value for 2010, the Galant SE now comes standard with the Navigation & Rear Camera package. Featuring technology usually found in more expensive competitors, this package adds to the SE’s already impressive value with a 7-inch LCD touch panel Mitsubishi multi communication system with DVD-based navigation. Also included in the package are Mitsubishi Diamond Lane Guidance and a rear view back up camera system.
True Premium Audio
With an improved interior sound insulation, Galant offers a level of OEM mobile audio performance that could challenge some luxury models. The Rockford Acoustic Design™ premium audio system that is standard for the SE model provides AM/FM/CD/MP3 playback capability, including a 6-disc in-dash CD changer. The system includes SIRIUS® Satellite Radio with a 3-month pre-paid subscription. Both Galant models now feature an auxiliary input jack for playback from an iPod or MP3 player.
A linear 8-channel amplifier produces 650 watts peak, with a dedicated channel driving each loudspeaker for the ultimate in sonic control. Silk dome tweeters mounted on the leading edge of the dash produce a natural multi-dimensional soundstage. Digital Signal Processing optimizes output to provide user-selectable listening environments, including "Normal," "Studio," "Club" and "Concert."
- Engine Type 2.4L MIVEC
- Engine Code 4G69
- Valve Train SOHC 16-Valve
- Displacement (cu. in./cc) 145.1/2,378
- Bore x Stroke (in./mm) 3.43 x 3.94 / 87.0 x 100.0
- Compression Ratio 9.5:1
- Horsepower @ RPM (BHP) 160 @ 5,500 (CA: 155 @ 5,500)
- Torque @ RPM (lbs-ft) 157 @ 4,000 (CA: 155 @ 4,000)
- Engine Block Cast iron
- Cylinder Heads Aluminum
- Redline RPM 6,500
- Fuel System Multi-point injection
- Recommended Fuel Regular Unleaded
- Radiator Core Size (mm) 747 x 400 x 16
- Engine Oil Type 5W20
- Engine Oil Capacity (qt) [liter] 4.2 [4.0]
- Drivetrain FWD
- Transmission Type Sportronic™ / F4A4B
- Transmission Speed 4-speed S/T
- 1st 2.842
- 2nd 1.573
- 3rd 1.000
- 4th 0.688
- Reverse 2.214
- Final Drive 4.212
- Front Independent MacPherson strut with coil springs
- Front Stabilizer Bar Diameter (mm) 22
- Rear Independent low-mount multi-link
- Wheelbase (in/mm) 108.3 / 2,750
- Length (in/mm) 191.1 / 4,853
- Width (in/mm) 72.4 / 1,840
- Height (in/mm) 57.9 / 1,470
- Track, Front (in/mm) 61.8 / 1,570
- Track, Rear (in/mm) 61.8 / 1,570
- Minimum Ground Clearance 5.9 / 150
- Interior Volume (cu ft) 114.3
- Passenger Volume (cu ft) 101.0
- Cargo Area (cu ft) 13.3
- Maximum Seating Capacity 5
- Front Head Room (in/mm) 39.6 / 1007
- Front Shoulder Room (in/mm) 57.3/1456
- Front Hip Room (in/mm) 55.5/1409
- Front Leg Room (in/mm) 42.6/1083
- Rear Head Room (in/mm) 37.0 / 941
- Rear Shoulder Room (in/mm) 56.6 / 1438
- Rear Hip Room (in/mm) 53.7 / 1363
- Rear Leg Room (in/mm) 37.0 / 940
- GVWR (lbs/kgs) 4,376/1,985
- Curb Weight (lbs/kgs) 3,395/1,540
- Front Brake Type Ventilated disc
- Front Brake Diameter (in/mm) 10.9 / 276
- Rear Brake Type Solid disc
- Rear Brake Diameter (in/mm) 10.3 / 262
- Anti-Lock Brakes and EBD 4-sensor/4-channel
- Swept Area – Front (sq in) 211.3
- Swept Area – Rear (sq in) 151.6
- Total Swept Area 362.9
Prices and options
|GA41-G||Galant ES 4-Door SOHC MIVEC (2.4L/4ST)||$21,599.00||4-Speed Sportronic|
|GA41-J||Galant SE 4-Door SOHC MIVEC (2.4L/4ST)||$23,999.00||4-Speed Sportronic|
|F41||Accessory Rearview Camera||$699.00|
|F51||Accessory Remote Engine Start||$649.00|
|F71||Accessory I-Pod® Adapter||$199.00|
|FJ1||Accessory Rear Lip Spoiler||$259.00|
|FS1||Accessory Side Window Deflectors||$109.00|
|G31||Accessory Fog Lights||$145.00|
|G41||Accessory Protection Package Trunk Mat, Step Tread, Cargo Net||$189.00|
|GC1||Accessory Exhaust Finisher||$55.00|
|GD1||Accessory Wheel Locks||$49.00|
|GG1||Accessory Rear Bumper Protector||$79.00|
|GL1||Accessory All Weather Floor Mats||$105.00|
|GP1||Accessory Cargo Organizer||$59.00|
|GT1||Accessory Leather Seating Surfaces||$1,399.00|
Competitors and press reviews
"Mitsubishi offers a mainstream sedan, but who knew? The soft ride and the roomy interior make it perfect for the rental fleets, but the Galant lacks the personality to attract attention away from the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. It is due for a desperately needed redesign soon. The ride is respectable, the steering predictable. The four-cylinder is acceptable, but nothing more." (CarAndDriver)
"Our road test for the 2010 Mitsubishi Galant includes a full evaluation of the 2010 Mitsubishi Galant from the inside out. We evaluate not only engine and handling performance for the 2010 Mitsubishi Galant , but also interior cabin and cargo space. Reasonably nimble, but Galant doesn’t control body motions as well due to suspension tuning that is soft when compared with other midsize cars. The brakes are adequate in routine use, but simulated panic stops revealed spongy pedal action and only average stopping distances. (ConsumerGuide) "
"The Galant still has virtues. It offers solid safety scores and a comfortable, predictable ride that won’t intrude much on your daily commute. But reviewers say it suffers from sub-par build quality and cheap interior materials, and a lack of power. At a time when most affordable midsize cars are available at a significant discount, buyers will want to test drive class-leaders like the Fusion and Camry before committing money to a Galant." (US News)
The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu is offered with a choice of two engines: a Ecotec 2.4L VVT rated at 169 hp at 6200 rpm and 158 lbs-ft at 5200 rpm and a 3.6L V-6 DOHC w/VVT that delivers a total of 252 hp at 6300 rpm and a peak torque of 251 lbs-ft at 3200 rpm. Prices range from $21,825 to $26,955.
Kia Optima is available in two powerplants – a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 2.7-liter V6 engine – and two five-speed transmissions (manual with LX four-cylinder model only). The four-cylinder engine delivers 161 hp and the 2.7-liter V6 delivers190 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is mated to a five-speed, gated automatic transmission. All automatics feature Sportmatic clutchless shifting. Prices range from $17,995 to $22,795.
The 2010 Ford Fusion is offered in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL. The S version gets a 2.5-liter I-4 engine that delivers 175 hp; the SE and SEL get a new 3.0-liter V-6 engine that delivers 240 hp. The Sport version gets a 263-hp V-6 Duratec engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift. Prices range from $19,270 to $27,270.
The 2010 Mitsubishi Galant is entering the 2010 model year, but not as big as making us buying the car. The sedan features indeed a soft ride and the roomy interior, but its exterior design has nothing to attract you. The car offers a respectable ride, not an impressive one and the 4-speed automatic transmission is old and boring. This makes the car being perfect for a single-day drive, and nothing more.
The rear sets do not offer enough space, the interior looks cheap and the technology inside the car, including the navigation system looks out-dated. So, our opinion, if you want to buy a car take a look to its competitors.