The Galant is one of Mitsubishi's longest- and best-selling vehicles in its lineup since its introduction to the market in 1969. In its 42-year history the Galant has evolved generation after generation, continuously going through multiple redesigns and keeping up to date with the latest advancements in safety, fuel economy, comfort and reliability. While the Galant was rumored to end after the 2009 production season, the vehicle rose yet again to become a contender in 2010 and again in 2011.
From 1997 onward, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Galant a four-star rating in crash tests. Other than being known as a safe and reliable vehicle, the Galant is also known for its many features, from a long list of interior options to the three engine choices available. A family of five could fit comfortably in the 4-door mid-size sedan while enjoying the smooth ride of its newly implemented suspension design.
The Galant has been in production since 1969; during this time, it has gone through nine generations of redesigns, added features, larger engines and larger body. It began as a compact car in 1969 and evolved into a mid-size sedan. In earlier models, 2-door coupes and 4- and 5-door sedans were available. However, only a 4-door model was offered in 2009. This model also featured the largest of all the engines available in its history, having a 3.8 liter V6 capable of producing 190 horsepower.
The 2009 model had the most significant interior space of all the models during its 42-years of production. With added legroom came extra pounds, which in turn lowered fuel economy. Limited editions were given alloy wheels, a manufacturer's body kit and leather interior, while standard models were given cloth seats. The Sport models include automatic transmissions on the four-cylinder engines, while 5-speed transmissions are reserved for the V6 engines.
The 2000 and 2001 models were considered a Consumer Guide Recommended Buy, while it was named a Best Bet by The Car Book in 2001. In 2004, the Galant was nominated for Car of the Year by Motor Trend but was only credited the next year. In 2010, IntelliChoice named the Galant ES model its Lowest Repair Costs Winner. While most critics only review the features or power of a car, it is good to know that IntelliChoice is also ensures that customers are aware of how inexpensive the Galant is to maintain.
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