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2004 Mitsubishi Galant

Midsize moderately priced car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    P
  • Roof strength
    A
  • Head restraints & seats
    P
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (beginning with 2007 models)
2
Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (standard in 2005-06 models); front seat-mounted torso airbags (optional in 2004 models)
3
Electronic stability control (beginning with 2010 models)
4
Antilock brakes (standard beginning with 2009 models, optional on 2004-08 models)
5
Daytime running lights (beginning with 2005 models)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2012
G
G
A
M
2011
G
G
A
M
2010
G
G
A
M
2009
G
G
A
P
2008
G
G
A
P
2007
G
G
A
P
2006
G
G
A
P
2005
G
G
A
P
2004
G
P
A
P
2003
A
2002
A
2001
A
2000
A
1999
A
1998
P
1997
P
1996
P
1995
P
1994
P

Applies to 2004-12 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
M
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mitsubishi Galant was redesigned for the 2004 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and left leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. The dummy's right knee contacted a metal reinforcement under the steering column, which gashed the vinyl 'skin.' Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2004 Mitsubishi Galant ES 4-door
Weight 3,395 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase108 in.
Length191 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0408
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)11
Left (cm)20
Center (cm)18
Right (cm)13
Brake pedal (cm)13
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0408
Head
HIC-15308
Peak gs at hard contact25
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm)20
Maximum Nij 0.36
Chest maximum compression (mm)32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.2
Femur force - right (kN)2.8
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.47
Maximum tibia index - right1.09
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)4.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left77
Right93

Applies to 2004 models built after October 2003

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
M
Torso
P
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
P
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
M
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Mitsubishi Galant was redesigned for the 2004 model year. All 2004 and later Galant models manufactured after October 2003 include a rear door structural upgrade to improve occupant protection in side-impact crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

When side airbags are optional, as in this vehicle, the Institute conducts the test without this option. If a manufacturer offering optional side airbags requests the Institute to conduct an additional test of a vehicle with this option and agrees to reimburse the cost of the vehicle, a second test is conducted. Mitsubishi did not request such a test.

However, Mitsubishi made side airbags standard in the 2005 model year and the Institute tested the 2005 model. The 2004 and 2005 models are rated separately, except that the structural ratings and rear passenger injury and head protection ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries would be possible in a crash of this severity. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive. Serious skull fracture and/or brain injuries also would be possible.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was hit by the intruding barrier, producing high head injury measures.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the window frame and window sill of the rear door. These hits did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2004 Mitsubishi Galant ES 4-door
Weight 3,386 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase108 in.
Length191 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0402CES0418
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-14.0-11.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0402
Head HIC-15890
Neck
Tension (kN)2.0
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)59
Lateral force (kN)6.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)48
Average deflection (mm)35
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)7.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.39
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.6
Acetabulum force (kN)2.6
Combined force (kN)4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)158
A-P moment (Nm) 65

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0402CES0418
Head HIC-15332356
Neck
Tension (kN)1.41.4
Compression (kN)0.20.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)3441
Lateral force (kN)1.71.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)3441
Average deflection (mm)2331
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.543.38
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.590.67
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.70.7
Acetabulum force (kN)1.20.9
Combined force (kN)1.51.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.30.4
L-M moment (Nm)172142
A-P moment (Nm) -38-37

Applies to 2004-12 models

Overall evaluation
A
Curb weight3,438 lbs
Peak force13,107 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio3.81
Tested vehicle
2009 Mitsubishi Galant ES 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2004-09 models

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
P
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeCloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)90
Distance below top of head (mm)75
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.4
Head contact time (ms)100
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)280
Max neck tension (N)887

Applies to 2004-09 models

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
M
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Leather seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeLeather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)70
Distance below top of head (mm)85
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)
Head contact time (ms)
Force rating
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)
Max neck tension (N)

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