The Galant is Mitsubishis volume sedan and is built in Illinois at the same plant as the Eclipse coupe, Spyder convertible, and the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus coupes.
Mitsubishi and Chrysler have a 30-year history of sharing vehicles and components, and DaimlerChrysler bought a controlling interest in the Japanese company. Mitsubishi will maintain an independent U.S. sales network, and the two will work as partners in developing future products.
The overall length of 188 inches gives the front-drive Galant the body of a long compact or a short midsize sedan, but the 103.7-inch wheelbase is shorter than the compact Chevrolet Cavaliers. Contemporary styling marked by chiseled fenders and sweeping rear roof pillars give the Galant the appearance of a larger car.
All models seat five, though the rear seat gets crowded when three people try to squeeze into it. The EPA classifies the Galant as a midsize car based on its interior volume of 111 cubic feet. The trunk has 14 cubic feet, and the split rear seatback folds for extra space on all models except the base DE.
A CD player is standard on all models, and the LS and GTZ models have a standard Infinity premium audio system.
Under the Hood
The DE and ES models come with a 145-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. A 3.0-liter V-6 with 195 hp is standard on the LS and GTZ and optional on the ES. All models come with a four-speed automatic transmission.
A new all-weather option package for the ES V-6 includes traction control and heated outside mirrors.