2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Two-Piece Tailgate
August 17, 2010
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