Northwest NEWS

July 5, 1999

Features

Test Drive: 1999 Mitsubishi Galant GTZ

   The 1999 Mitsubishi Galant GTZ is a head-turner with its new sporty design and top-of-the-model-line performance features.

   My test model color was Cayenne Red Pearl, which received thumbs up from several people as I drove around town. It is a comfortable, really nice looking 5-passenger midsize sedan with ample trunk space. The more I drove it, the more I liked it.

   The GTZ has an aerodynamic front sweep design with a body color grille and spoiler. This V6 engine delivers 195hp at 5,500 RPM and 205 ft.-lbs. of torque at 4,500 RPM and has been engineered to be quieter with less vibration. Anti-lock brakes are standard on this model.

   The GTZ handles really well. It has a 4-wheel independent suspension. The front suspension is a MacPherson strut design with offset placement of the front springs. The rear is a multi-link similar to the Diamante with front and rear stabilizer bars.

   The multi-adjustable driver's seat makes it easy to get completely comfortable and works well for all sizes. The all-leather trim, easy to read controls, CD player (in the trunk) and AM/FM cassette audio system, auxiliary 12-volt power outlet, solar tinted glass, and center armrest which folds back to the cupholder for the rear seat passengers, add to the GTZ's appeal. An air filtration system helps prevent pollen and dust from entering the interior.

   The high beams and fog lamps are automatically deactivated when headlights are first turned on to avoid accidently blinding oncoming traffic. An automatic headlight shut-off feature leaves the headlights on for 30 seconds after you leave the car. There are side air bags which are mounted in the front seat bolsters in addition to the driver and front air bags.

   This car is enjoyable and fun to drive, a "get in and go" car that works well for city as well as long distance driving.

1999 Mitsubishi Galant GTZ