Dianna, Memphis, Tenn.

The Subaru Outback wagon, which some view as a crossover SUV, is your best bet with 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Although the Outback is styled to resemble an SUV and has standard all-wheel drive, it is based on the Legacy sedan and has passenger-car DNA.


Most cars have around six inches of ground clearance or less, and we aren’t aware of others that sit as tall in the saddle as the Outback. The Legacy sedan, for example, has 5.9 inches of clearance, the Mitsubishi Lancer SE 5.5 inches, and the Lancer Ralliart 5.8 inches, and all three have all-wheel drive. The Subaru Impreza, another car with all-wheel drive, has 5.7 to 5.9 inches of ground clearance, depending on model, and 6.1 inches on the performance WRX models.

If the Outback isn’t right for you and you need at least 8 inches of clearance, you may have to look at SUVs such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee (8.6 inches) or Toyota 4Runner (9.6 inches). Even some crossover SUVs have less than eight inches of clearance, including the Toyota RAV4 (7.5 inches) and Jeep Liberty (7.7), so check the specifications for these vehicles in the Cars.com Research section.

Learn more

Answered by Rick Popely on April 2, 2012 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

Search Results

Ask.cars.com Search Results for


See if your question has already been asked and answered

Thank You!

Your question has been successfully submitted to Ask.cars.com. It will now be reviewed by our editors and we'll answer it soon if we think it's a useful question. You will be notified via e-mail when the answer is posted. Ask.cars.com tackles your questions about new cars and the car-buying process. Unfortunately we can't answer questions regarding:

  • Used cars.
  • Most aftermarket products.
  • Mechanical issues. You can visit our friends at Car Talk to discuss your mechanical problems.
Thanks for your interest.


Have our experts answer any of your questions about new cars.

Email us at tips@cars.com

Maintenance Advice
Get answers from the
Car Talk Community