Finding the perfect car to suit your lifestyle can be tricky. You like to go track driving on the weekends, but you’re not about the off-roader vehicle aesthetic. Maybe you live down a dirt road and you’re tired of all the bumps and scrapes you hear under your car on your daily commute, but you’re not into the idea of investing in a full-sized SUV. Or you might just want a better chance of driving over those strangely high speedbumps unscathed, but still want to be as close to the ground as possible.
If this sounds like you, good news! There are plenty of vehicles on the market that let you tower over obstacles without losing the convenience of a compact car. For this article, CoPilot has put together a list of our favorite new sedans with high ground clearance.
2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - new from $54,250
Let’s start off our list with a heavy hitter. Winning Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award, this Mercedes is a beautiful, geeky, luxury vehicle with all the trimmings - AND it won’t bottom out on a bumpy road.
The luxurious interior will make you forget about the gravel beneath your tires, as will the customizable drive mode you can set up for an optimized experience on any terrain. And if you really want some more oomph in your drive, ask your dealer for the 4Matic AWD option. Plus, while the standard ground clearance is relatively low (up to 4.2 inches) the AIRMATIC option increases drive height through inflatable air-suspension, for the “road less traveled.”
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2021 Mazda 3 - new from $20,650
Another real winner! The 2021 Mazda 3 won Car and Driver’s Editor’s Choice Award for Best Compact Car, making it the second blue-ribbon holder on our list of best sedans with high ground clearance.
Reviewers praise this Mazda for its excellent handling, fuel economy, and comfortable cargo. Plus, its 5 inches of ground clearance and firm suspension allows you to practically glide over rougher terrain.
One thing you should keep in mind while choosing between trims is that the base model, while incredibly affordable, is a little on the minimalist side in terms of technology. You’ll still get a bevy of safety features like lane departure warning and smart brake support. But upgrading to the Premium trim will add exciting tech like windshield-projected driving display and road sign recognition.
2021 Volkswagen Passat - new from $23,995
A self-proclaimed family car, the Passat offers a host of features designed to keep you and your passengers safe and comfortable while on the road.
With tech like automatic windshield wipers and self-dimming rear view mirror, you have less to worry about and can focus on keeping the car on the road. Driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and rear traffic alert help you stay sharp in the pilot’s seat.
And the Volkswagen Car-INet mobile app allows you to help your teenager learn how to be a responsible and safe driver with Family Guardian Alerts. Oh, and the Passat has a superb ground clearance of 5.4 inches.
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2021 Volvo S60 - new from $38,950
Looking at it from the side, you would think that the S60 was standing on tip-toe. A sleek design and 5.8 inches of ground clearance lend themselves to this illusion - and make this Volvo one of the tallest on our list of sedans with high ground clearance.
And this vehicle was truly made to bring you closer to nature, so feel free to take it off roading once you grab one. Volvo wants drivers to know that the S60 is their most eco-friendly model yet - they even offer a plug-in hybrid version starting at $47,650.
However this environmentalist also lets you help the planet in style and comfort, coming complete with features like advanced cabin air filtration and a top-of-the-line speaker system.
2021 Volkswagen Beetle Dune - new from $20,900
Okay so maybe it’s not technically a sedan, but it is an unusual shape for the amount of ground clearance it has (6.3 inches! A new high on our list.)
The Dune is still awaiting its 2021 release date. But once it hits the market, this little off-roader will come at a steal, unless you go for the ever-popular convertible model which will cost you an extra $10,000. If you just can’t hold your breath that long, you can find pre-owned 2019 Beetles for around $27,685.
2021 Kia Stinger - new from $33,090
A luxury cruiser that’s equally at home on dirt tracks, the all-new stinger GT is styled for both comfort and fun. The Stinger comes standard with heated leather seats, a 7-inch touch screen display, smartphone charging, and safety features like blind spot and forward collision warning.
255 to 365 horsepower and “balanced handling” give you both the power and control to feel like a racecar driver in this sedan. And a 5-inch ground clearance and optional AWD mean you can do it on any road.
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2021 Dodge Charger - new from $30,205
Seven different trim options let drivers choose their ideal version of this iconic car. Always sitting 5.2 inches off the ground, your Charger can have either 6 or 8 cylinders, AWD or rear-wheel drive, and either GT, SXT, or Pursuit features so you can make sure you’ll be comfortable sprinting down city streets, or taking long cruises on winding highways.
The new Charger is immensely powerful and does its best to balance that power with a plush and tech-friendly interior. So this American beast is great for track day, a family road trip, or your everyday commute.
2021 Honda Accord - new from $24,970
A maximum ground clearance of 6.7 inches pushes the Accord almost into SUV territory. This measurement is a testament to the everlasting versatility of the make. Because of course Honda will let you have a practical, stylish, fuel-efficient (38 MPG!) family-carrier that can also make it over small boulders without breaking a sweat.
Reviewers also say it’s fun to drive, and doesn’t skimp on interior tech like Apple CarPlay OR Android Auto integration. And if you want to bump up the efficiency of this already super-pragmatic car, go for the Hybrid model which offers a max 48 MPG on both highway and city streets. No wonder the Accord makes it onto Car and Driver’s top 10 list year after year.
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