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in 2010 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,787 - $10,824
Original MSRP: $21,599 - $23,999
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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2010 Mitsubishi Galant Interior

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The Mitsubishi Galant’s asking price is a little higher than what Toyota charges for four-cylinder editions of the Camry, or what Ford asks for four-cylinder versions of its Fusion. But reviewers say the Galant suffers from a cheap feel those cars don’t. While some reviewers compliment the Galant’s interior style, without exception, they complain of hard plastics and cheap-feeling switchgear inappropriate in the competitive affordable midsize car class.

  • "Cabin materials are OK for this price range, but are hardly impressive." -- Consumer Guide
  • “Touches of cheapness abound." -- Car and Driver
  • “While a few of its competitors boast interiors that might be confused for those of an entry-level luxury car, the Galant's use of some low-grade plastics and silver painted controls cheapen it.” -- Edmunds

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Seating

Reviewers consistently say that front-seat occupants will be comfortable in the 2010 Galant, but there is disagreement over the accommodations in the rear seats. Some reviewers call the rear seats spacious, yet the Galant offer less head-, hip- and legroom than the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion -- and several reviewers say the Galant’s rear seats are simply uncomfortable. Driver’s position adjustments that are now common in this class, such as a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, aren’t available in Mitsubishi’s midsize car.

  • “For a midsize sedan, the Galant's backseat is notably uncomfortable - the bottom cushion doesn't provide much thigh support." -- Cars.com
  • "Good room and comfort front and rear and ample space to wiggle legs and knees in the back seat." -- Chicago Tribune
  • The front seats “easily accommodate six-footers. Good seat comfort, though the addition of a telescopic steering wheel would help some drivers fine-tune their positioning,” but the rear seat “is a bit too soft for best comfort.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “We found the Galant's seating to be first-rate, with rear-seat passengers reporting plenty of legroom and a surprising amount of headroom.” -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Reviewers say the 2010 Galant’s interior is well-planned, but poorly executed. Large, well-lit gauges with soothing blue backlighting win a few fans in the automotive press, and a 2009 refresh made the climate and entertainment controls much larger and easier to use. Still, nearly every review complains of cheap-feeling, hard plastic interior parts that are unlikely to hold up well over time. Many of the Galant’s competitors feature improved materials quality. You should test drive four-cylinder editions of more recently redesigned competitors like the Ford Fusion or Hyundai Sonata as comparison points.

  • “The gauges are easy to read, and most primary controls are self evident. The navigation system is poorly integrated into the center dashboard stack because it sticks out of the dashtop." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Galant's interior is a refreshing blend of bold, modern design and soothing blue light." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's evidence of cost-cutting with the…Galant." -- MSN
  • “The Galant is lacking in terms of features, as a telescoping steering wheel, an auxiliary audio jack and stability control are not available.” -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Galant’s trunk measures just 13.3 cubic feet, in a class where 15 cubic feet is now the norm. That limited cargo capacity can’t be effectively expanded, either. Mitsubishi builds a pass-through into the cabin, but does not equip the Galant with folding rear seats.

  • “Short decklid and high liftover limit utility of the roomy, usefully shaped trunk…Galant is hurt by offering only a center pass-through to the cabin, rather than folding rear seatbacks. Cabin storage is nothing special.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The large trunk has a low, wide opening, a structural brace to make the car more rigid prevents rear seatbacks from folding forward to increase cargo room -- a drawback that probably will be noted by some families." -- MSN

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