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.
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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