Howard B., Canon City, Colo.

The Subaru Outback, an all-wheel-drive wagon based on the Legacy sedan that Subaru positions as an SUV alternative, is probably your prize winner. Its ground clearance is 8.7 inches, higher than some crossover SUVs.

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We did not do an exhaustive search, but the ground clearance for most cars ranges from a little under 5 inches, such as in the Chrysler 300 (4.7 inches) to around 6 inches on models such as the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback (5.8 inches), Legacy (5.9 inches) and 2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport wagon (6.3 inches). The two Subarus have standard all-wheel drive, so don’t expect an all-wheel-drive car to have much more clearance than one with front- or rear-wheel drive.

Besides the Outback, finding more ground clearance than an average car is probably going to require stepping into crossover SUV territory. The Honda CR-V lists 6.7 inches of clearance; the Toyota RAV4, 7.5 inches; and the Chevrolet Equinox, 7.8 inches.

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Answered by Rick Popely on September 14, 2011 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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