By James Bergeron

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2009 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart

Day 1:

2009 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart
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Well well, now — another mid-sized sedan. Two in a row, and a good chance to keep myself in the mid-sized segment frame of mind. And colour me impressed with the Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart that I am driving this week.

This isn’t the first time I have driven this vehicle; I drove the 2006 Galant GTS a few years ago. Going by vague memory, this was essentially what the Ralliart is today: a fully loaded Galant with an upgraded 3.8-litre V6 engine, large alloy wheels and sporting intentions.

2009 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart
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This 2009 Ralliart, though, comes equipped with a GPS navigation system and 18-inch wheels this time around (17s were offered back in 2006). The most surprising part was when I looked up the price for this vehicle — the base Galant starts at $23,998 and comes fairly well equipped for that price. The Ralliart, with the large V6 engine and navigation system, comes in at $32,998 — a bargain!

As I mentioned last week, though, this is one tough segment and not only do vehicles need to offer value, they need to stand out among the crowd, and most importantly, they need to appeal to a large number of buyers.

The Galant does seem to stand out for a few reasons, most notably not a reason Mitsubishi would tout, and that is that very few are seen on the road. If you like to be different, here is your chance; other stand-outs are the large 3.8-litre engine, the standard navigation system at a low entry price and this being a rather large car with sporting intentions.

2009 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart
MSRP as tested (including destination): $34,493

For more information on Mitsubishi and the Galant visit Mitsubishi Canada

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