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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 Performance

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The 2012 Mitsubishi Galant’s only available engine is less powerful than the base engines in most rival affordable midsize cars. You won’t win any drag races, but the automotive press says if you’re shopping for a commuter car, it’s adequate. The Galant only has one available transmission, and test drivers agree that it’s outdated, with fewer gears than most of the competition. On the upside, reviewers like the Galant’s comfortable ride, but suggest that if you’re in the market for a fun-to-drive car, you should look elsewhere.

  • "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 … Mitsubishi Galant maintains a flat, predictable stance and feels smaller than it is." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

Only one engine is available in the Galant: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder. This engine produces 160 horsepower, which test drivers say is fine for daily commuting to work or school. The Galant has an antiquated four-speed automatic transmission, while most midsize cars have moved on to five- or six-speed automatics. One reviewer says the Galant’s four-speed automatic shifts smoothly.

The EPA estimates that the 2012 Galant should get 21 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway.

  • "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
  • "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

Handling and Braking

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

  • "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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