The largest and most conservative sedan in the Mitsubishi lineup, the Galant, comes with a sports-leaning version that is marketed as a practical family car with the spirited driving characteristics adopted from the Eclipse. This isn’t mere propaganda. Under the hood of the Galant Ralliart is the same V6 that has made the Eclipse a favorite among those looking for affordable performance.
This 3.8 liter V6 makes 258 horsepower and provides an equal amount of torque thanks to Mitsubishi’s MIVEC variable valve timing system mated to a five-speed automatic with adaptive shift control and a manual shift mode driving the front wheels. Fuel economy, as estimated by the EPA, is 16 mpg in the city cycle, and 25 mpg on the highway, reasonably less than the 20/27 numbers of the standard Galant. The tri-star company offers the Ralliart in a trio of colors: red, black or silver, and comes standard with a long list of features including sunroof, automatic climate control, power windows, locks and mirrors, speed-sensitive power steering, cruise control, 360 Watt Rockford Acoustic Design 6-disc MP3-compatible premium audio system with eight speakers, Sirius satellite radio with a six-month prepaid subscription, color LCD audio/trip/outside temperature display, trip computer, white-face sport meters with bright orange illumination, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, sport-wrapped leather steering wheel with audio controls, leather seating surfaces, baseball-stitched leather shift knob, aluminum pedals and heated front seats. On the outside, buyers get 10-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels, integrated and color-keyed rear spoiler, fog lights, color-keyed side air dam, two-tone rear bumpers, traction control, sport-tuned suspension and a front strut tower bar. Safety features include anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), a tire pressure-monitoring system, LATCH system for child safety seats, advanced dual-stage front SRS airbags and front and rear curtain airbags are included. Inside, the amenties are in line with, but do not exceed the quality and finish of Honda and Toyota. Though in fairness, those two companies cast a very big shadow in this segment.
The design outside is clean, though a bit dull in comparison to the other car offerings from Mitsubishi. But overall this may be a positive for the company if it is trying to attract new buyers turned off by the aggressive and youthful styling of the Lancer models. Actually, keeping in mind that the Accord and Camry are the Ralliart’s competition, this car is certainly in the ball park in that area as well. The $27,299 base price of the Galant Ralliart is at least 1 grand cheaper than either of the V6 versions of the Accord or Camry, giving buyers yet another reason to pick a Mitsubishi over the other two.