2012 Mitsubishi Galant Review

Automotive journalists said the 2012 Mitsubishi Galant lacks the performance, style and interior quality found in competing midsize cars.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Small trunk




Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.4
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2012 Mitsubishi Galant Overview

Reviewers wrote that the 2012 Mitsubishi Galant’s standard four-cylinder engine produces enough power for getting from A to B, but not much else. The only transmission option is a four-speed automatic, and critics pointed out that the most rivals offer five- and six-speed automatics that offer better performance and fuel economy. The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant gets an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. Test drivers agreed that the Galant has uninspiring handling compared to other affordable midsize cars, with noticeable body roll during cornering and a spongy-feeling brake pedal. However, they said the Galant has responsive steering and a comfortable ride.

Cheap materials, poorly fitted panels and a dated design contributed to reviewers’ poor overall opinion of the 2012 Mitsubishi Galant’s interior. Additionally, they noted that the Galant’s audio and climate controls can be difficult to read. Most reviewers wrote that the seats in the Galant are comfortable and roomy, even for tall people. However, the Galant’s 13.3-cubic-foot trunk is small for the class. Standard features in the 2012 Mitsubishi Galant include a six-speaker audio system with an auxiliary jack. Available features include satellite radio, an upgraded Rockford Acoustic Design sound system, Bluetooth, navigation and a rearview camera.

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Nissan Altima is available with a more powerful V6 engine, and critics appreciated its composed ride. Like the Galant, the Altima comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, and automotive journalists wrote that the Altima’s audio and climate controls are among the most user-friendly in the class.

Agile handling, responsive steering and strong brakes are among the many reasons critics were pleased with the 2012 Mazda 6’s performance. They also liked the available V6, which they said provides strong acceleration. The Mazda6’s trunk is among the largest in the class, and reviewers agreed that its front and rear seats have ample head- and legroom.

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