2012 Mitsubishi Galant Review
Automotive journalists say the 2012 Mitsubishi Galant lacks the performance, style and interior quality found in competing midsize cars.
The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant makes an adequate commuter car, but most critics say that’s about it. They dislike many things about the Galant, including its outdated design, cheap interior materials, small trunk and archaic automatic transmission. Additionally, the Galant lacks an optional V6, which is available in high-ranking midsize cars like the Ford Fusion and Mazda6. The Galant also has some of the lowest safety scores in its class.
There are a few things, however, that the Mitsubishi Galant does right. It has one of the longest powertrain warranties in its class, and test drivers say the Galant offers a roomy, comfortable interior, smooth ride and decent acceleration. At the end of the day, however, the Mitsubishi Galant just can’t compete with the rest of the midsize car class. Since it lacks the standard tech features and fuel economy of competitors like the Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Passat, testers recommend test driving rivals before settling on the Galant.
Other Cars to Consider
The Galant last saw a redesign in 2004 and reviewers say its age shows. If you’re looking for something fresh and new, the Toyota Camry is a good option. The Camry was just redesigned for 2012, and now features one of the most fuel-efficient gas engines around. Besides its updated exterior, test drivers like its stylish, upscale interior and refined performance.
The Volkswagen Passat is another good option for affordable midsize car shoppers. Like the Camry, it also was redesigned for 2012 and the automotive press thinks it’s a great choice thanks to its spacious interior, and optional, fuel-efficient diesel engine. Both the Camry and Passat also come with free factory scheduled maintenance for two and three years, respectively, which is something that is not offered on the Galant.
Mitsubishi Galant: The Details
The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant is available in two trim levels: ES and SE. There are media reports that the Galant is being axed after the 2012 model year, so if you have your heart set on buying one, this may be your last year to get a brand-new Galant. Since the 2012 Galant is unchanged from last year, this review uses test driver comments from prior reviews. See the full list of 2012 Mitsubishi Galant specs.
- "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." -- Car and Driver
- "Galant matches the midsize-class leaders for roominess and interior comfort, and holds its own in acceleration and handling. These sedans lag in mechanical refinement, solidity, interior materials, and assembly quality. Yes, Galant typically sells for less than its rivals, but that's offset by Mitsubishi's lower resale values." -- Consumer Guide
- "There was a time when the Galant aspired to be a European-style sedan, but now time has passed by this model and the … Mitsubishi Galant can't match its competition from Japan. … There's little going on to recommend it, and a whole heap of drawbacks." -- Edmunds