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in 2011 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $11,361 - $12,569
Original MSRP: $21,599 - $23,999
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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2011 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.

  • "The Mitsubishi Galant's cabin hails from a brief period of time when silver-painted control stacks were the hip thing. That day has passed, and now the Galant's stereo and climate controls look as if they came from an old boombox and can be difficult to read at a glance besides. Furthermore, the quality of the materials has become subpar." -- Edmunds
  • "Cabin materials are OK for this price range, but are hardly impressive." -- Consumer Guide
  • “Touches of cheapness abound." -- Car and Driver

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Seating

Reviewers consistently say that front-seat occupants will be comfortable in the 2011 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 or 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 the Galant.

  • “For a midsize sedan, the Galant's backseat is notably uncomfortable - the bottom cushion doesn't provide much thigh support." -- Cars.com
  • "On the upside, the passenger package is relatively roomy considering the Galant's size, and the seats prove to be softly cushioned." -- Edmunds
  • "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

Interior Features

For 2011, Mitsubishi has added more standard features to the top-of-the-line SE trim. On the base model, standard features include cruise control and an auxillary input jack. Step up to the SE and you’ll add a DVD-based navigation system, rearview camera, Bluetooth, heated front seats and steering wheel audio controls.

Reviewers say the 2011 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.

  • "This year Mitsubishi tries to entice consumers with a bigger value proposition for the Galant by adding a few more features to the SE trim (including a sunroof and auto-dimming rearview mirror). Furthermore, the SE's generous roster of standard features also includes a navigation system, a back-up camera and an upgraded stereo with satellite radio. But there's no getting around the fact that these features reside in a dated cabin constructed with some materials that don't measure up to the competition." -- Edmunds
  • “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

Cargo

The Galant’s trunk measures just 13.3 cubic feet, in a class where 15 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.

  • "The trunk offers 13.3 cubic feet of capacity, just a foot or two less than the competition although the opening is usefully wide. The rear seat does not fold down to permit cargo volume to be enlarged, and although there's a ski pass-through, the rear seats do not fold down." -- Edmunds
  • “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

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