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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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Yeah, ground clearance dimension is the least of it. You'll have to test, or find some one with a g2 to test. I have a Flat Level driveway. But the ramp from street to sidewalk is straight and short enough to scrape my gen 1. It hasn't been a big deal fortunately, almost 3 years of scraping no visible damage to the air dam. My neighbors driveway, which is exactly the same dimensions and flatness, is tapered a bit more on the ramp, so no crown at the sidewalk, and it doesn't scrape there. Gen 2 does allow a bit higher approach angle (so I hear).
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