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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 Performance

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Performance on the 2011 Mitsubishi Galant won’t blow anyone’s doors off. It only has one engine – a four-cylinder – that trails the competition in power. Reviewers say the engine is merely adequate and complain that the Galant only has a four-speed transmission. Most of the competition offers five or more gears. On the upside, the Galant’s ride is pleasant but unexciting. Overall, reviewers say there are better performers out there.

  • "Comfortable overall, but most midsize rivals exhibit better composure at highway speeds.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "With only 160 hp charged with moving 3,400 pounds of Galant, there's not much in the way of straight-line thrust. Nevertheless, once underway the 2011 Mitsubishi Galant maintains a flat, predictable stance and feels smaller than it is." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 Mitsubishi Galant comes with only one engine: a 2.4-liter four cylinder. That isn’t necessarily a problem -- many reviewers recommend that buyers eliminate V6 sedans from their shopping list and focus on four-cylinder versions, since they tend to be more fuel-efficient and the added power of a V6 is often not worth its added cost for the average commuter. The Galant’s four-cylinder, however, gives up a lot to the competition. It makes just 160 horsepower -- compared to 175 in the Ford Fusion and 177 in the Honda Accord. Reviewers say the Galant’s engine will get the job done for most drivers, but isn’t particularly exciting. It sends power through an antiquated four-speed automatic transmission, while most competitors have moved on to five- or six-speeds.

The EPA estimates that the Galant should get 21 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway.

  • "Given that most cars in this segment are sold with four-cylinder engines (even when a V6 is available), we can forgive Mitsubishi for declining to offer an optional V6 engine for this car any longer. Unfortunately this 2.4-liter inline-4 offers just 160 horsepower, some 15-40 hp less than the four-cylinder engines of its rivals. Making matters worse, the Galant must make do with a four-speed automatic while the competition offers five- and six-speed units that better optimize performance and fuel efficiency." -- Edmunds
  • "The four-cylinder is acceptable, but nothing more.” -- Car and Driver
  • “Four-cylinder Galants have more-than-adequate power for most situations. An SE did 9.0 seconds 0-60 mph in our testing. The automatic transmission provides smooth shifts.” -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

Reviewers say that the Galant has a ride that’s unexciting, but not unbearable. While reviewers don’t recommend it for fun on twisty roads, they do say that the ride is forgiving enough for commuting.

Those looking for a four-cylinder family car that feels good on a winding road may be better suited driving a Mazda6, which offers sportier handling and a lower starting price than the Galant.

  • "A surprising amount of road feel is communicated through the driver seat and the steering. Although the steering is a little vague on-center, it is quick and responsive. None of this entertainment comes at the expense of ride quality, which is smooth, forgiving and ideal for weekday commutes." -- Edmunds 
  • “Reasonably nimble, but Galant doesn't control body motions as well due to suspension tuning that is soft when compared with other midsize cars. … The brakes are adequate in routine use, but simulated panic stops revealed spongy pedal action and only average stopping distances." -- Consumer Guide
  • “The ride is respectable, the steering predictable.” -- Car and Driver

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