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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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I found with cars that have a low front clearance, a sharp angle into the driveway works very well to avoid scrapes. I've had several low cars (mostly sports cars) with far less clearance than the Volt and find that a 45* angle at minimum is required. The lowest car I had rode about 2" and learned to pull nearly parallel with the driveway before cutting hard to pull in and practicing nearly the same technique as soon as my rear tires hit the bottom of the driveway when coming out.
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