2008 Mitsubishi Galant Performance
The 2008 Mitsubishi Galant is great for around-town driving, as long as you don't expect it to be a sports car. Highlights are engine torque and its Sportronic Automatic Transmission. Lowlights are engine power (from the base four-cylinder) and noise.
Acceleration and Power
For 2008, the Mitsubishi Galant has two available engines: a 2.4-liter MIVEC I4 and a 3.8-liter MIVEC V6. "The Galant's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is adequate for around-town driving and returns impressive city and highway fuel economy," says Kelley Blue Book. "The V6 is best suited to those who demand extra power, the kind required for quicker acceleration when merging or passing." Reviewers say overall power and acceleration is good, but point out noticeable engine noise. "Great engines speak with sounds that suggest flat-out acceleration or dependable long-distance cruising at Autobahn speeds," says About.com. "The Galant's V-6 is more like a long-lost aunt who can't stop talking. A pleasant V-6 gurgle, but one that's always there, further muddling perceptions of the Galant's desired image."
The 2.4-liter engine features 160 horsepower and the 3.8-liter MIVEC has 258 horsepower. Reviewers are passive about horsepower numbers, but he Galant has its advantages, namely praise the vehicle's torque. "torque," says Automobile.com of the 2.4-liter engine's 157 pound-feet of torque and the 3.8-liter MIVEC V6's 258 lb-ft of torque. "The V6 models deliver plenty of torque for passing and merging on the highway," says Edmunds. "Pushed around curves, the Galant maintains a flat, predictable stance and feels smaller than it really is. A surprising amount of road feel is transmitted through the driver seat, and the steering, although a little vague on-center, is quick and responsive."
The standard and only transmission for the Galant is the Mitsubishi Sportronic Automatic Transmission. The 2.4-liter engine is teamed up with a Sportronic four-speed automatic transmission and the 3.8-liter engines feature a five-speed automatic transmission. The Sportronic features Adaptive Shift Control and optional manual shifting. "Sportronic never overrides your choice of gear and refrains from automatically upshifting for you," says AutoWeek. "In the absence of a true manual transmission, this is something we'd like to see more automakers do with their automatic transmissions." Overall, reviewers like the Sportronic shifter. "To be honest, Mitsubishi's automatic thinks for itself so well, even holding a lower gear on a downhill slope, that shifting manually is pointless except on a twisting mountain road, says About.com. "More power often means taking a hit in gas mileage, and the Ralliart is no exception: Its fuel economy is among the worst in its segment," says Cars.com. "Adding insult to injury, Mitsubishi says premium fuel is required. Most competitors -- including some that are quicker -- run on regular." The EPA estimates the 3.8-liter engines get 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway, while the 2.4-liter engine achieves 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Handling and Braking
The Galant features a front independent suspension with MacPherson struts, a rear independent multi-link suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Reviewers don't agree on the handling performance of the Galant. "It is in handling where this car sparkles brightest," says Motor Week of the Galant Ralliart. Cars.com disagrees. "Handling is a mixed bag," they say. "The steering feels as vague as any family car's, and I wish there were more feedback, but the chassis is quite composed." Overall, steering gets mediocre ratings. About.com calls the steering response good, but not crisp. "Once under way, you'll discover the speed-sensitive hydraulic power steering delivers accurate feedback in most maneuvers, but feels a bit slow to respond during really hard driving," says Kelley Blue Book.
Generally, reviewers praised the Galant's braking ability. "Steering and braking are solid, though neither makes the car stand out in any substantial way," says AutoWeek. "Its rack-and-pinion steering is good on center and has a decent, responsive feel, with weightiness at speed without feeling overly artificial." The 2008 Galant features ventilated front disc brakes and solid rear disc brakes. "Brake feel is solid and reassuring, but the Galant is not a light car," says New Car Test Drive, who adds that the Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) "gives the Galant stable braking performance."