For 2006, the Mitsubishi Galant is mostly unchanged, save for new wheel designs, new metallic interior accents, a tire pressure monitoring system on models equipped with alloy wheels, and an anti-theft alarm system is standard on the GTS, and included in the optional Audio Package on the ES and LS. Anti-lock brakes are now standard equipment on all but the base model.

The Galant comes with a choice of two engines: the 2.4-litre four-cylinder used in the DE and ES, and the 3.8-litre V6 in the LS and GTS. Both use a four-speed automatic transmission, but the V6 adds Sportronic manual mode.

The base four-cylinder DE includes variable intermittent wipers, power mirrors, 16-inch steel wheels, cloth seats, air conditioning, power windows, power locks with keyless entry and CD player with four speakers.

The ES adds bright interior accents, cruise control, premium cloth seats, anti-lock brakes, and CD/MP3 player with six speakers.

The V6-powered LS adds 16-inch alloy wheels, eight-way power driver’s seat and traction control.

The GTS adds projector headlamps, fog lamps, heated mirrors, rear spoiler, front strut tower bar, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, wood interior hightlights, vinyl-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, power sunroof, heated leather-trimmed seats, alarm system and premium six-CD/MP3 player with eight speakers.

The Galant is worthy of a spot among midsize offerings: it stacks up favourably to the Buick Allure and Chrysler Sebring, as well as fellow Japanese automakers. The GTS’ heavy-duty stabilizer bars give it the skill to take its 230 horses around corners, and the projector headlamps give it a sports-sedan flair. Adding ABS to the LS is a welcome change; it was optional last year. The Galant’s interior looks richer than its price tag, especially in the GTS, and there’s plenty of room front and back; only Mitsubishi’s rather sparse dealer network keeps this from ending up in a lot more driveways.

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