I have driven the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Corolla, as well as the Nissan Altima. For the overall driving experience/price/service my Mitsubishi Galant wins. I recently traded a 2004 for a new 2007 model and I could not be any happier. I never had any problems with the 2004, I just wanted a new vehicle. It has plenty of room, runs smooth and fast, and gets good gas mileage. It is all about the money and for the money - well go drive one for yourself and see.
I previously had an '06 Galant GTS, but traded up because of the interior and exterior improvements. The use of the mivec V6 from the Eclipse makes the car much smoother and more responsive than the previous 230hp V6. The 5-speed automatic transmission makes slightly sharper shifts and has improved my gas mileage. Probably the most notable improvement is the interior fit in finish, nothin' shakes or is lose, and the car is much quieter on the rode. I opted for the navigation system which is much better than in the Accord and Maxima. The Rockford Fosgate sound system is one of the best on the market. Lastly, the suspension provides a better feel around the corners than the previous generation's did.
This is my first Mitsubishi...and I love the way it rides and handles. The 160 HP 4-cylinder engine is very peppy. I bought it instead of the "6" for better fuel economy. I'm getting about 22 - 23 MPG in mostly city driving. It is very roomy inside. The back seat has a lot of leg room. It has air bags everywhere. Plus it has a 5 star front and side impact rating from the government. I like that. Try it, you'll like it.
I love driving this car. It has enough room to carry adults in the back seat. Plus it has a beautiful interior. It corners like a dream. I recommend this car to any body. You can't beat the quality for the price. It even has a great warranty and after sales service.
Throttle modulation is the name of the game with this much power going through the front wheels. I found it would short-shift to 2nd if left in "Drive," so the best run was achieved using manual mode. Detectable but not dangerous torque steer at the top of each gear.
I honestly expected better results than 130-plus feet stops. It feels as nose heavy as it is (60/40) but the pedal does provide some useful feedback.
Trac off. No stability control. I love that Mitsu has built some oversteer into this car. Not only is it entertaining, it counteracts the FED tendency to understeer. By using the oversteer to rotate the car around each cone, I could really manhandle the course. Body motions are well controlled and "sporty" as the Ralliart badge would indicate. Still, this is nowhere near as good as the SEMA car was.