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in 2012 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $13,512 - $14,943
Original MSRP: $21,899 - $24,299
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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2012 Mitsubishi Galant Interior

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The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant is disliked by the automotive press for its use of cheap, dated interior materials. Also, the Galant’s trunk is small compared with most affordable midsize cars. Most test drivers say that the one highlight of the Galant’s interior is the roomy, comfortable seats, although one reviewer disagrees, saying the back seat is uncomfortable.

  • “Touches of cheapness abound." -- Car and Driver
  • "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

Seating

Most reviewers think the seats in the Galant are comfortable and roomy, even for taller passengers. Most also like the back seat legroom. But one test driver says the back seat is uncomfortable because the cushioning lacks support.

  • “For a midsize sedan, the Galant's backseat is notably uncomfortable - the bottom cushion doesn't provide much thigh support." -- Cars.com
  • "Easily accommodates 6-footers. Good seat comfort, though the addition of a telescopic steering wheel would help some drivers fine-tune their positioning.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "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

Interior Features

The Mitsubishi Galant trails behind the competition with its sparse interior features. Only power windows and an auxiliary audio input jack come on the base model, while shoppers have to choose the higher SE trim to get additional features like satellite radio, a six-disc CD changer, upgraded sound system, Bluetooth, navigation and rearview camera. See the full list of Galant specs.

Test drivers are disappointed with the interior material quality in the Galant, saying the interior also looks dated, especially with newer, more modern interiors in other cars.

  • "Cabin materials are OK for this price range, but are hardly impressive. Some Galants tested suffered from ill-fitting interior panels, and one car had a persistent and loud dashboard squeak." -- Consumer Guide
  • "… 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

Cargo

At 13.3 cubic feet, the Galant’s trunk is small compared with other affordable midsize cars. For example, the Mazda6 has 16.6 cubic feet of space, the Ford Fusion has a 16.5 cubic-foot trunk and the Hyundai Sonata’s trunk measures 16.4 cubic feet. The Galant’s trunk is also less utilitarian. The rear seat backs don’t fold down to expand cargo room, which is common in competing midsize cars. There is a pass-through for longer items though.

  • "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 seat backs. Cabin storage is nothing special." -- Consumer Guide

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