2006 Mitsubishi Galant

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Mitsubishi Galant. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22-26 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    160-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2006 Mitsubishi Galant

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Variety of trims

2006 Mitsubishi Galant Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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. Side-impact airbags for the front seats became standard on 2005 models, and the LS edition gained a power driver's seat with lumbar support. Interior enhancements, including bright gauge accents and a multifunction computer, are notable changes for the 2006 model year.


Exterior
The current 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.

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.


Interior
Up to five people can fit inside the Galant. The dashboard angles downward, and a three-ring instrument panel sits in a hooded compartment and has 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 w...
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. Side-impact airbags for the front seats became standard on 2005 models, and the LS edition gained a power driver's seat with lumbar support. Interior enhancements, including bright gauge accents and a multifunction computer, are notable changes for the 2006 model year.


Exterior
The current 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.

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.


Interior
Up to five people can fit inside the Galant. The dashboard angles downward, and a three-ring instrument panel sits in a hooded compartment and has 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 Sportronic automatic transmission with a manual-shift provision, traction control 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 V-6's features a manual-shift provision.

Safety
Side-impact airbags for the front seats are installed in all Galants. Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard on all models but the DE, for which ABS is not offered.

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.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.9)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(1.0)

The car just goes 40mph transmissions and engine t

by Roxie Berry from Columbia SC on April 20, 2018

Capital city ride don't value they customers they gives you the run around time after time again. The transmission and engine about to go. I have to find another car. Read full review

(5.0)

2006 galant . Mitsubishi .

by Adele from Regina . Canada on February 25, 2018

I have this car and would highly recommend to any one . Mine isn2006 and has been such a great car . Had required very little repair other than tires and battery Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Mitsubishi Galant currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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