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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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Thank you so much everyone for the great advice. Im new to this group. Does anyone have any info on the Chevy dealerships claim that the Gen 2 does in fact have higher ground clearance than Gen 1, esp if you remove air dam? And yes, I will try to get the dealer let me test drive my driveway. Dealership is about 20 miles away but I will try. Thank you everyone, you guys are great!
good advice

Thank you all. My friend's 1st gen scraped with air dam removed, so it was def scraping the underside, which we cant have. But perhaps we took the wrong angle, didnt spend a lot of time on the angle issue. Im convinced if my landlord could get in here with a Prius, I can too. Plus, the Chevy sales guy swears the gen 2 is 2.5 inches higher. Who knows. I need to convince a dealer to bring a gen 2 to my driveway to test, even though im 20 miles away from nearest dealership. This discussion group is excellent :)
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