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Test Drive: 2010 Mitsubishi Galant ES

Posted on April 21, 2010 in Mitsubishi | Write a review

Since 2003 Mitsubishi’s four door mid sized sedan has been around us and it’s also the ninth generation model. It is always off the shopper’s radar in the subterranean. Last year, in Canada, Mitsubishi brought 463 Galant and total sale was 19,786 units. Whereas, Toyota Camrys had sales up to 15,524 units and Ford Fusion up to 16,786 units.

In the 2010 Galant, Mitsubishi made it streamlined which ran 160 horsepower on 2.4 liter V4 and have four speeds, so called automatic, transmission, unheated fabric seats and nothing else in option.  And what sticker it carries around – $23,998, which is unreasonable for it gives and there were it faces competition. 2011 Hyundai Sonata new and slinky has 2.4 liter V4 that propels up to 198 horsepower with six speed automatic transmissions and it costs the little bucks more than the Galant, $24,249. Second contender is the 2010 Ford Fusion SEL. It is well equipped with 2.5 liter moves up to 175 horsepower and has six speed transmission as well as 17 inch alloy. All this comes for $23,249.

It’s too much, what Mitsubishi is asking for its low fuel economy and performance 2010 Galant four door mid sized sedan. Having much better vehicles options like Ford Fusion and 2011 Hyundai Sonata, it’s just unfair to tag it with such big amount without any standard feature.

It’s not like its worst but with such less features and its high price tag, it will just stay at home.

From its previous models, it has black headlights surrounding the new grille, side skirts and 16 inch alloys is not at all visible in it. It doesn’t look bad but still it doesn’t carry any distinct feature to get a feeling of awe.

The 2010 Galant ES is undoubtedly rock solid and looks masculine and strong that its competitors would take some lessons from it. Though the steering is accurate and quick, it isn’t communicative with the road. Overall, the cabin and seats are very comfortable. It’s spacious and has enough of headroom and rear quarters. The back seat isn’t folded because of its designed bulkhead.

Though the car has 160 horsepower, 157 lb-ft torque, 2.4 liter V4 which is sufficient to give propel a car at speed, but the at the full acceleration pedal its makes noises. At the noise was such it seems like insulation of the car was undone.

The interior of the Galant is pretty much decent with nicely padded dash top, chrome like accents, lustrous black trim as well as readable gauges. Though the center console with the big knobs and plastic silvery accessories this baby is better than a 2010 Outlander CUI. As the car, sounds like many crickets are sitting in the backseat and making noises.

The Mitsubishi always have a good quality of audio with typical 140-watt 6-speaker AM/FM/CD system. 2010 model has new auxiliary input, but the reception of FM was lousy.

Though the 2010 Galant have less one or two cogs than its competitors do, I must say they are pretty fast and smooth to handle. In daily day, you won’t even realize you need one extra gear. Manually it’s very easy and smooth to handle to, even while pushing the shifter to the right gate, the gear replies eagerly and lively to it. At the 100 km/hr, the 2010 Mitsubishi’s Galantt gives a relaxing cruise at 2,100 rpm on highway.

Mitsubishi even have installed standard control in 2010 Galant ES as well as six airbags and ABS brakes, whereas stability control you wont even find in now base model of Chrysler Sebring or Mazda 6.

2010 Galant ES of Mitsubishi, in its seventh year, have to have much needed equipments and standard features to give a tough competition in the market. If Mitsubishi wants to seriously sell this car, he should consider lowering the price; at least it will have some chance to fight in rapid automotive market.

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