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2002 Mitsubishi Galant

2002 Mitsubishi Galant

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$1,302 — $1,898 USED
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5 Seats
23-24 MPG
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2002 Mitsubishi Galant Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Exterior and interior revisions for 2002 give Mitsubishi’s Illinois-built high-volume sedan a fresh appearance, led by a new grille and a lower intake lamp design. New aero bumpers and fresh taillights have been installed. Six models are offered; one is the new LS sedan, which comes with a four-cylinder engine, sunroof and Mitsubishi/Infinity sound system. New six-spoke, 16-inch alloy wheels go on the GTZ and LS V6 models. Bigger front disc brakes are used on four-cylinder Galants.

First seen in its present form at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2001, the Galant is built at the same plant as the Eclipse coupe and Spyder convertible, and the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus coupes. Mitsubishi and Chrysler have a 30-year history of sharing vehicles and components. DaimlerChrysler holds a controlling interest in Mitsubishi.

Exterior
Mitsubishi’s Galant can be considered either a long compact or a short midsize sedan. Based on its passenger volume of 97.6 cubic feet, the Environmental Protection Agency classifies it as a midsize, but it ranks as a compact according to cars.com criteria because of its 103.7-inch wheelbase, which is shorter than that of the compact Chevrolet Cavalier. The Galant measures 187.8 inches long overall and stands 55.7 inches high.

Contemporary styling is marked by chiseled fenders and sweeping rear roof pillars, which helps give the Galant the appearance of a larger automobile. Intakes in the lower bumper wrap around the bodysides, an...

Vehicle Overview
Exterior and interior revisions for 2002 give Mitsubishi’s Illinois-built high-volume sedan a fresh appearance, led by a new grille and a lower intake lamp design. New aero bumpers and fresh taillights have been installed. Six models are offered; one is the new LS sedan, which comes with a four-cylinder engine, sunroof and Mitsubishi/Infinity sound system. New six-spoke, 16-inch alloy wheels go on the GTZ and LS V6 models. Bigger front disc brakes are used on four-cylinder Galants.

First seen in its present form at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2001, the Galant is built at the same plant as the Eclipse coupe and Spyder convertible, and the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus coupes. Mitsubishi and Chrysler have a 30-year history of sharing vehicles and components. DaimlerChrysler holds a controlling interest in Mitsubishi.

Exterior
Mitsubishi’s Galant can be considered either a long compact or a short midsize sedan. Based on its passenger volume of 97.6 cubic feet, the Environmental Protection Agency classifies it as a midsize, but it ranks as a compact according to cars.com criteria because of its 103.7-inch wheelbase, which is shorter than that of the compact Chevrolet Cavalier. The Galant measures 187.8 inches long overall and stands 55.7 inches high.

Contemporary styling is marked by chiseled fenders and sweeping rear roof pillars, which helps give the Galant the appearance of a larger automobile. Intakes in the lower bumper wrap around the bodysides, and openings house projector-beam fog lamps. Like all Mitsubishi products, the Galant displays a new triple-diamond chrome badge for 2002. The Galant comes in a variety of trims: DE, ES, ES V6, LS, LS V6 and GTZ. Tires are 15 inches in diameter on four-cylinder models and 16-inches on those with the V-6 engine.

Interior
Five occupants fit inside the Galant with some degree of comfort, though the rear seat gets crowded when three people try to squeeze in. The trunk has 14.6 cubic feet of cargo volume, and the split rear seatback folds for extra space on all models except the base DE sedan. A CD player is standard on all models. The LS and GTX have an Infinity premium audio system, and new carbon fiber-look interior panels decorate the GTZ edition for 2002.

Under the Hood
The DE and ES sedans come with a 140-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. A 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 195 hp is standard in the LS and GTZ and optional in the ES. Both engines work with a four-speed-automatic transmission, which incorporates adaptive shift control. The V-6 requires premium fuel.

Safety
Antilock brakes are optional on the ES sedan. An all-weather option package for the ES V6 and LS V6 includes traction control and heated outside mirrors.

Driving Impressions
Mitsubishi’s midlevel sedan is surprisingly pleasant and capable. It is particularly easy to drive and judge and promises excellent visibility all around. The Galant has been a very good car in the past, but its current form moves it up to excellent.

A smooth ride is a big part of its appeal. It’s not completely gentle but is impressively close, without impairing handling to any noticeable degree. The sedan reacts to the bulk of bumps but not enough to disrupt passengers. Steering with a light touch, the Galant suffers no shortage of control.

Equally enticing are the energetic V-6 engine and easy-shifting automatic transmission. Engine sounds are barely discernible, even during acceleration. The V-6 engine requires premium fuel, while the four-cylinder gets by on regular gas.

Despite being categorized as a compact due to its relatively short wheelbase, the Galant offers midsize-level room in both the front and rear. The backseat is spacious and comfortable for three. All seats are amply cushioned with excellent thigh support, but back support could be better. Storage space includes an immense glove box and an ample, easy-to-load trunk. Controls and conveniences are well organized with simple, legible gauges.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
18 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

320k miles and going strong

by Georgia cracker from Augusta, GA on March 13, 2020

This car is actually a 2003 Mitsubishi. It is driven mostly highway miles. It has had every dealer recommended service over it's lifetime. They recommended I get the belt and water pump replaced in ... Read full review

(4.0)

Mitsubishi gallant

by 'Eliboy','sportfan' from Ikorodu, Lagos on July 15, 2018

Love the interior and exterior..very good and reliable when maintained properly..and very affordable. So I advise you to get one, so much in love with the car Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Galant received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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