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2017 Steep Driveway and concerns about Ground Clearance

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I am considering buying a 2017 Volt. I have a very steep driveway. However, my landlord has a low riding Prius with ground clearance of about 5.5 inches and she doesnt have problems. Anyway, a friend of mine who has a 2013 Gen 1 Volt with air dam already removed still scraped the bottom when trying to back in. I called a Chevy dealership, and they said the Gen 2 Ground Clearance is higher than Gen 1. However I cant find any info on this anywhere online, or specifically, how much higher the ground clearance on Gen 2 Volt vs Gen 1. I really want this car, but if I cant get into my driveway, I cant charge the car. Does anyone have any insight here? THANK YOU!
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Good suggestion about the air dam. It's a plastic part that will scrape on almost any driveway with an incline but that's harmless. You can even take the dam off if you want. You want to be making sure the body doesn't scrape.

As for the "higher clearance" claim, I think they made the standard dam a little shorter (you could get a shorter one for the first generation). But the car itself doesn't look to sit any higher. FYI if you ignore the dam I don't think the Volt sits any lower to the ground than many other cars. That's not surprising since the higher the car sits the worse the aerodynamics, and the new emissions standards require higher efficiency.
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