Besides the fit and finish issues, the interior of the Galant Ralliart is passable. But there is one glaring issue with the interior of the Galant Ralliart which might be a deal breaker for tall drivers. The windshield rake angle is super-aggressive, causing anyone with a moderately long torseau to bang their head on the ceiling anytime they lean forward more than a couple of feet.
The two-tone stitched and perforated leather seats are attractive and comfortable, and the back seats provide ample legroom. The center arm rest does have a panel which folds down for trunk access, but we were disappointed to find that the rear seats don’t fold down, limiting the Galant’s cargo capacity.
The integrated navigation and stereo system proved confusing to operate. Intuitiveness was definitely not the top priority when designing this system. Jumping from radio to satellite to navigation seemed basic enough, but once into the respective applications, buttons on the dashboard didn’t function the way you would expect them to. Thinking that it was just my stupidity, I let my far more intelligent wife play with the Sirius satellite radio while I drove, and much to my surprise, even she had a hard time figuring out how to simply switch from one station to the next.
Besides the extremely attractive 18-inch alloy wheels, definitely one of the Galant Ralliart’s highlights, the exterior appointments are forgettable. The front has a rather bulbous nose, but it would be passable – possibly attractive – if it weren’t for the Galant’s unsightly headlights. Circles, triangles, rounded-off rectangles, rhombuses – the numerous odd headlight shapes crammed into one fixture made for a geometric disaster, and subtracted from what could otherwise have been an attractive front end. And besides the colorful little Ralliart badge and lip spoiler on the trunklid, the rear has the banality of a rental car.
But at least the Galant Ralliart possessed high shoulders and an aggressive aero kit on the rocker panels to tell prospective buyers, “I might be a little rough around the edges, but I’m definitely not boring.”
Our Galant Ralliart was fully-optioned with a sticker price of $29,500. That’s a lot of scratch, especially if you consider that you can pick up a more attractive, better quality, rear-wheel-drive Pontiac G8 with a blazing 361 horsepower V8 for the same money. When doing that kind of a comparison, the value case for the Galant really runs headlong into a brick wall.
But we will say this, no other car in its segment offers a bumper-to-bumper 5 year, 60,000 mile warranty. So at least Mitsubishi is standing behind its product longer than any other major player in the segment. This should offer some reassurance to buyers and bring them over the fence; or at least into a dealership showroom.
Who should buy it?
This car is for the buyer who a) hates to blend into the endless asphalt sea of Camrys and Accords, b) is looking for a sedan with an engine that’ll get your adrenal glands pumping and c) someone who is not an anal-retentive, detail-oriented stickler who nitpicks fit and finish oversights. If you fit these three categories, you’ll find the Galant Ralliart to be worthy candidate for your next sports sedan.
There’s no doubt that the Galant Ralliart is fighting an uphill battle. All competitors aside, it’s an adequate car. But it’s inevitable; buyers compare cars and look for value. They want something that has a proven track record and good resale value. They want the sure thing. For years, Camry and Accord have provided this. The Galant stands on the outside looking in, but guess what? There are a lot of people in this world who stand on the outside looking in. They’re not in the mainstream. They might be a little wild, a little loose, a little bit frayed at the ends, but that’s what makes them unique, and they’re proud of it. These kinds of people are the ones who see a car like the Galant Ralliart and are attracted to it. They identify with it. They get it. Or maybe they just get a 0% financing deal with no money down. Whatever.
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