Comparison: Approach angle Mitsubishi Outlander vs. competitors 2024

Exploring the realms of driving ruggedness and capability, the Mitsubishi Outlander stands as an alluring contender in the SUV market. Its approach angle—a crucial metric in off-roading that indicates how steep an incline the vehicle can approach without the front bumper hitting the ground—reflects its true 4x4 spirit. While it doesn’t exactly tower over rocks with the arrogance of a full-sized Land Rover, it does offer enough brawn to get you through the occasional adventure. Today, let’s sink our teeth into the Outlander’s approach angle, its evolution through different generations, its place in the Mitsubishi lineup, and how it measures up against other road warriors.

Mitsubishi Outlander - How has the approach angle changed over the generations?

Starting from the first-generation model introduced in 2003, the Mitsubishi Outlander has seen considerable shifts in its approach angle over the years. The first iteration from 2003 to 2007 didn’t make much of an off-roading impression with no explicit mention of its approach angle. However, with the second generation that spanned from 2007 to 2012, Mitsubishi injected some vigor into its design, sporting a commendable 22° approach angle. One would think this newfound agility would persist, but curiously, the subsequent third generation from 2012 onward saw a drop, with the figures betraying an absence of recorded data. This makes one yearn for the clarity seen in their 2007-2012 lineup, leaving us hanging in the murk of ambiguity.

Mitsubishi Outlander generations

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Mitsubishi Outlander generations
Generation yearApproach angle
Outlander, Model year 2003 (1.Generation)0.00 °
Outlander, Model year 2007 (2.Generation)22.00 °
Outlander, Model year 2010 (2.Generation (1. Facelift))22.00 °
Outlander, Model year 2012 (3.Generation)0.00 °
Outlander, Model year 2015 (3.Generation (1. Facelift))0.00 °
Outlander, Model year 2018 (3.Generation (2. Facelift))0.00 °
The difference in Approach angle between first generation (1.Generation) from 2003 and last generation (3.Generation (2. Facelift)) from 2018 is 0 °.
The approach angle of the current generation of Outlander is 0.00 °.


Mitsubishi Outlander variants: Outlander vs. Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

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Approach angle: Mitsubishi Outlander variants
Variant nameApproach angle
Outlander0.00 °
Outlander Plug-In Hybrid21.00 °

The approach angle compared to other Mitsubishi models

Within the hierarchy of Mitsubishi's SUV lineup, the Outlander finds itself jostling for space with models like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which boasts an approach angle of 20.4°. It’s a shade lower than the Outlander during its prime years of 2007-2012. However, for those who fancy a more urban life with the occasional brush against the wild, the Eclipse Cross still has a respectable front stance. The Mitsubishi ASX, another sibling, also clocks in with a modest 19°, which is substantially lower than the Outlander's zenith. This relegates the Outlander to a middling position within the Mitsubishi family, not quite the best but certainly not the worst either.

Mitsubishi Outlander vs other current cars by Mitsubishi

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Approach angle: Outlander vs. other models by Mitsubishi
Variant nameApproach angle
Eclipse Cross 20.40 °

How does the approach angle of the Mitsubishi Outlander compare to it's nearest competitors?

When pitted against other manufacturers' daredevil machines, the Outlander holds its own but doesn’t outright dominate. For comparison, take the Dacia Duster with its audacious 30° approach angle—far steep than the Outlander’s best. Then there’s the Lynk & Co 01 at 19.4°, a competitor that almost matches the second-gen Outlander but still falls short. The Volvo XC40 comes close at 21.7°, inching nearer to the Outlander’s glory days but not quite tipping it over the top. The Jeep Compass and Mercedes-Benz EQB hover around the 21° mark, which essentially means an adventurer driving the Outlander would find very little disadvantage in comparison. It's all jolly good fun until you reach comparison with the likes of the Jeep Renegade at 17.9°, where you truly realize the Outlander's second-gen heights weren’t too shabby at all.

Mitsubishi Outlander vs. similar cars

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Approach angle: Mitsubishi Outlander vs. similar cars
Car modelApproach angle
Volvo XC40 201821.70 °
Ford EcoSport 201421.00 °
SsangYong Tivoli 201520.50 °
SsangYong XLV 201620.00 °
Skoda Karoq 201718.40 °
Renault Kadjar 201518.00 °
Jeep Renegade 201417.90 °
VW Taigo 202117.30 °
VW T-Cross 201917.00 °
VW T-Roc 201716.40 °
Hyundai Kona 201715.70 °
KIA Stonic 201713.80 °

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