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.
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