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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 wonder how much MPG is really gained by lowering the car so much that this is an issue. If GM built the Volt or the Bolt with SUV like clearance, how much MPG is really lost in EV mode?

In EV mode, the MPG is already very high at something like 100+. Does it really matter that much if the car sits higher, has bigger wheels, looks more manly, and be far more versatile instead? Who cares if it's 125mpg vs 100mpg? Given the choice, I'd take the 100mpg EV with higher ground clearance any day. ;)
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