Two-Piece Tailgate - 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Two-Piece Tailgate

August 17, 2010

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Our long-term 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT has a 2-piece tailgate. It's quite convenient as it lowers the liftover height to just over 24 inches.

The 2011 Kia Sportage we recently tested, however, has a one-piece tailgate that goes all the way down to the bumper. The Sportage's liftover height is 30 inches, but I would think that this one-piece design would provide better body structure than our Outlander.

However, the downside to the Sportage is that the hatch release is quite low, just above the license plate, and a bit awkward to get at if you're carrying stuff.

Which design do you prefer?

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 3,400 miles

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