After an extensive freshening in 2004, there are only minor enhancements to the Mitsubishi Galant for 2006: Galant DE and ES trims get 16-inch steel wheels with eight-spoke wheel covers, while the LS gets 16-inch alloys; there's a new-for-2006 drive computer that features mileage information, a door alarm indicator, maintenance recorder, compass and calendar; bright, silver metallic finishers have been added to the inner door lever, radio buttons and vertical and horizontal I/P accent panels on the ES, LS, and GTS trim lines; all models receive a new remote keyless entry system and the ES, LS and GTS trims have added MP3 playback capability to the base CD and premium Mitsubishi/Infinity audio systems. Galant ES, LS and GTS models equipped with alloy wheels now feature a tire pressure monitor system, and an anti-theft alarm system is also included with the optional Audio Package for the ES and LS (standard on the GTS). Finally, there's a new accessory Protection Package available for the ES, LS and GTS featuring a scuff plate, wheel locks, mud guards, all-weather floor mats, and a trunk mat.
Mitsubishi's storied four-door Galant sedan is offered in four trim levels for 2006-DE, ES, LS, and GTS. Base DE and value-oriented ES come with a 2.4L inline-four cylinder engine producing 160 hp bolted to a 4-speed automatic transaxle driving the front wheels. Opting for the up-level LS or top-line GTS nets a 230-hp, 3.8L V-6 with a 4-speed automatic transmission with Sportronic manual shift mode. In terms of safety, the Galant is equipped with front air bags, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags with head protection, and the front seat belts feature pre-tensioners and force limiters. A tire pressure monitoring system is standard on LS and GTS models and is optional on ES models.
Standard features include an automatic headlamp shut off, daytime running lamps, a rear window defroster, air conditioning, accessory power outlets, electronic lockout protection, rear heater ducts, a trunk lamp, and trunk access pass-through. Available options include a color-keyed rear spoiler on DE, ES and LS trims, and ES and LS models are available with a Sunroof package (power glass sunroof, overhead storage with map light, and dual illuminated vanity mirrors), an Audio package (featuring a 270-watt Mitsubishi/Infinity AM/FM/6-disc CD changer with MP3 playback, eight speakers, anti-theft alarm system, and sport-wrap steering wheel with audio controls), and a Leather package (consisting of leather seating surfaces, lumbar support, an eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, and heated side-view mirrors).
The Galant competes in the Midsize Conventional segment, a group of 20 mainstream models that includes the best-selling car models in the U.S. Buyers in this category look for value and modern safety features in a midsize package.
The sales leader in this group (and overall top-selling car in the U.S. for 2005) is the Toyota Camry, which recorded 376,803 sales in calendar year 2005, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM Next was the Honda Accord, tallying 369,293 sales in 2005. Other strong competitors include the Nissan Altima (255,371 units in 2005), Chevrolet Malibu (245,861), and Ford Taurus (196,919). The Mitsubishi Galant sold 33,976 units in 2005.
|DE (A4)||4 speed automatic||$19,399||160-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||23/30|
|ES (A4)||4 speed automatic||$20,299||160-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||23/30|
|SE (A4)||4 speed automatic||$21,999||160-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||23/30|
|LS (A4)||4 speed automatic||$22,999||230-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||19/27|
|GTS (A4)||4 speed automatic||$26,999||230-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||18/26|