2009 Mitsubishi Galant Sport Edition $21,099 (As tested: $22,849)

CHEAPO RIDE CLEANS UP WELL

Despite a generous helping of plastique within, the Galant's healthy engine delivers a spirited ride.
Despite a generous helping of plastique within, the Galant's healthy engine delivers a spirited ride.

It’s hard for some car nuts (and auto journalists) to believe some people care not a whit about what BMW or Porsche have been up to this year and are simply seeking a cheap machine that gets them from here to there without incident and hopefully with a bit of style. The Galant Sport edition fits those buyer’s bills, and mine.

So what if the shift doesn’t always like to leave Park and frequently requires several thumb-presses on the release in order to throw it into drive and be on your way, or that the sound system isn’t Satellite-enabled (you’ll have to buy the ES for that) nor equipped with at least a USB outlet for your iPod? The Galant looks great, with badass spoke-y rims, a faux-metallic almost-stylish center console, and a body that, while no screamer, doesn’t resemble some of the disasters available from American rivals in this price range.

Stylish rims top off the Galant's overall sporty sedan look.
Stylish rims top off the Galant's overall sporty sedan look.

The star of the Galant sport is its jumpy, powerful V-6 coupled with its relatively light weight, making highway driving a thrill. Though the drivers of the Galant’s betters may sneer at the sight of your badge, the high-spirited engine fires you down the highway with as much power as the next V-6 and there’s nothing to apologize for.

The cloth seats, like a cheap hotel’s beds, are what they are, but they’re not uncomfortable, and Mitsubishi also offers automatic seat adjustment, something not always found in cars in this price range. The Galant comes in four trims; ES, Sport V6, Ralliart and our tester, the Sport Edition.

Red-rimmed gauges and leather trim enhance the low-budget interior.
Red-rimmed gauges and leather trim enhance the low-budget interior.

A week’s test proved the Galant a competent sedan with a healthy bit of flash. For the money, this is a more-than-decent ride. – Josh Max/ AutoGigolo.com


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