2005 Mitsubishi Galant

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2005 Mitsubishi Galant

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • V-6 performance
  • Interior space
  • Ride comfort (less so for GTS)
  • Instrument readability
  • Seat support

The bad:

  • Thick B-pillars impair visibility
  • No grab handles
  • Seat comfort in center rear position

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • DE


  • ES


  • SE


  • LS


  • GTS


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2005 Mitsubishi Galant trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Four trim levels

2005 Mitsubishi Galant review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Redesigned for 2004, Mitsubishi’s Galant was appreciably larger than its predecessor and featured notably different styling. The front-wheel-drive sedan received a full makeover, and interior dimensions grew: Front shoulder room tops 57 inches, and rear legroom measures 37 inches.

In addition to the base DE trim level, Mitsubishi offers high-volume ES, luxury LS and sporty GTS editions. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard on 2005 models, and the LS edition gains a power driver’s seat with lumbar support.

The Galant has a more rigid platform than its predecessor. Built on a 108.3-inch wheelbase and riding standard 16-inch tires, the sedan is 190.4 inches long overall and 72.4 inches wide. Track widths approach 62 inches, which Mitsubishi says is the widest in the midsize segment.

Styling features include an angular nose, center grille pillar and a high rear deck.

In addition to 17-inch alloy wheels, the sporty GTS sedan gets large stabilizer bars, four-bulb projector headlights, parabolic fog lights and a mesh sport grille.

Up to five occupants can fit inside the Galant. The dashboard angles downward, and a three-ring instrument panel sits in a hooded compartment and uses ice blue illumination. Trunk space totals 13.3 cubic feet.

Standard DE equipment includes a four-speed-automatic transmission, keyless entry, a 140-watt CD audio system, and power windows, locks and mirrors. The ES adds cruise control, upgraded lighting and premium cloth upholstery. The V-6-powered LS includes a four-speed-automatic gearbox with a manual-shift provision and an eight-way power driver’s seat. The GTS features a leather-trimmed interior, a 270-watt Infinity audio system and automatic climate control.

Under the Hood
In DE and ES models, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder produces 160 horsepower and 157 pounds-feet of torque. LS and GTS sedans use a 3.8-liter V-6 that pumps out 230 hp and 250 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines drive a four-speed-automatic transmission, but the power plant in V-6-powered Galants features a manual-shift provision.

Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are installed in all Galants. Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard on V-6-powered models.

Driving Impressions
Mitsubishi’s midsize Galant is an appealing and capable touring sedan. Acceleration with the V-6 is energetic from a standstill, and it responds eagerly when passing. Abruptness seldom occurs with the automatic transmission.

Even though the GTS’s suspension is undeniably taut, it absorbs enough imperfections to take the edge off and even cushions a fair amount of harshness. Steering effort feels about right, but it isn’t as precise as it could be.

Steering and handling characteristics vary with the model. The LS’s lighter steering seems more appropriate, and it rides more gently than the GTS.

The seats are firm and supportive. They’re not exactly inviting, but are satisfying for a long haul. Rear legroom is great, but headroom isn’t as good. The center rear occupant gets a hard perch with virtually no headroom. Thick B-pillars impair visibility over the left shoulder.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Most powerful car I've owned

This car has plenty of power in it. It goes from 0-80 mph in less than 6 seconds. A reliable car to get from one place to another. Has few cosmetic defects but the engine and transmission is in mint condition. Would love to get your hands on this beast.


Best car I owned so far.

The Mitsubishi galant I got is way too comfortable I got alot of room in the front and the back seat I already fit all my cuzins in the back seat an my cuzins are kinda big but when they sit in my car they tell me they don't feel big BC my car feels bigger an for me to hear that from them makes me love my car even more. To end this sentence overall my car is great I love it got a great deal on it CaNT get better then this.



This is a very reliable car!! I got my 05 galant with 48000 miles and i now have 173000. Im keeping it until she cant go anymore. I would purchase a brand new one if they were still making them. Im a very happy Galant owner!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
84 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of original 5 years/60,000 miles
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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