Son's Automotive Group Compares 2009 Mitsubishi Galant VS 2009 Buick LaCrosse Near Duluth, GA

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2009 Mitsubishi Galant

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2009 Mitsubishi Galant

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2009 Buick LaCrosse

Safety Comparison

Both the Galant and the LaCrosse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts and four-wheel antilock brakes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Galant is safer than the LaCrosse:





5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index



Chest forces

40 g’s

43 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

38 / 971

1099 / 1112

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 38.5 MPH side impact tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Galant is safer than the LaCrosse:



Front Seat


5 Stars

3 Stars

Thoracic Trauma



Pelvis Deceleration

47 G’s

74 G’s

Rear Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Criteria



Thoracic Trauma



Pelvis Deceleration

47 G’s

52 G’s

More stars indicate a better chance of avoiding serious injuries. Lower numbers indicate better actual numeric test results.

The Galant’s bumpers sustained $316 less damage than the LaCrosse in a Consumer Reports 5 MPH bumper test.

Warranty Comparison

The Galant comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The LaCrosse’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Galant 5 years longer than Buick covers the LaCrosse. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the LaCrosse ends after only 5 years or 100,000 miles.

The Galant’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the LaCrosse’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Mitsubishi Galant’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the LaCrosse’s 5.3 V8 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Galant have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the LaCrosse.

The Galant’s reliability is better than the LaCrosse’s. In Consumer Reports, the Galant’s reliability is 22% better.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Galant second among midsize cars in their 2008 Initial Quality Study. The LaCrosse isn’t in the top three in its category.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Galant stops shorter than the LaCrosse:



60 to 0 MPH

139 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Galant Ralliart’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the LaCrosse Super’s 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Galant handles at .78 G’s, while the LaCrosse pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Galant goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 3.4 MPH faster than the LaCrosse (61.5 vs. 58.1 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the Galant ES’ turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the LaCrosse’s (38.1 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Galant is 7 inches shorter than the LaCrosse, making the Galant easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Galant has .2 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room and .1 inches more front shoulder room than the LaCrosse.

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