2008 Mitsubishi Galant Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Mitsubishi Galant was new.

The Galant has a spacious rear seat and strong performance from its sporty Ralliart trim, but its interior refinement trails most of the class.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.4
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Competitive price within its class
  • Roomy interior with good overall seat comfort
  • Some complaints about on-road handling
  • V6 engines have poor fuel economy
  • Electronic stability control is unavailable

2008 Mitsubishi Galant Overview

According to our analysis, the 2008 Mitsubishi Galant offers a smooth and reliable driving experience and comfortable interior seating. In addition, the Galant is singled out for its statement-making interior and exterior styling. But reviews are split between those who drove the uninspiring base model Galant, which "really fails to distinguish itself," according to Car and Driver, and those who tested with the performance-tuned Ralliart model, described by Motor Week as "bound to entice conventional shoppers looking for a super solid sedan with an upshot of performance."

For 2008, Mitsubishi streamlined the number of Galant trims down to three, the DE, ES and Ralliart. The SE and GTS trims have been dropped. A 2009 Mitsubishi Galant is also now available, featuring a new grille, hood and taillights. If you're in the market for an affordable midsize car, consider the Honda Accord, available as a sedan or a sportier coupe.

  • "The soft ride and the roomy interior make it good for a rental fleet, but overall, the Galant lacks the personality needed to attract attention away from the Accord and Camry." -- Car and Driver
  • In 2007, NCTD called the Galant "a viable alternative among mid-size sedans. It does everything reasonably well and is enjoyable to drive." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The Galant left me with mixed emotions. On the one hand I'd developed an affection for its comfort, driving dynamics and nicely-chiseled shape and was reluctant to say goodbye. On the other, I never quite knew how to compare it with the Camry, Sonata, Accord, Fusion and others in this class." -- About.com
  • Specifically reviewing the Gallant's Ralliart trim, Automobile.com says, "It's just a good, sporty sedan, with an added dose of personality. It's yet another easy way to put a smile on your face." -- Automobile.com
  • "With a reasonable price-point, a virtually loaded interior, and good fuel efficiency, the Ralliart peaked our interest, as it will a lot of others." -- Motor Week
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