Which SUVs Have the Highest Ground Clearance in Their Class?

Many of the roadways we travel are smooth and easy to use with any vehicle, but not all of them. Whether you’ve got a path to a cabin in the woods, a gravel road that leads to your camping spot, or you want to enjoy an off-road adventure, you need an SUV with plenty of ground clearance.

Here’s a look at the SUVs in each class that have the ground clearance needed to go over the obstacles that you can’t drive around, according to AutoGuide.com.

Jeep Renegade Trailhawk – subcompact crossover

2023 Jeep Renegade
2023 Jeep Renegade | Jeep

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Finding a Jeep on this list is ubiquitous with what it stands for. This brand has been taking us off-roading since WWII. The Renegade Trailhawk is a small SUV that brings you 8.7 inches of clearance over the roads and trails. This figure is slightly higher than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which offers 8.5 inches of clearance.

Subaru Forester Wilderness – compact crossover

2022 Subaru Forester loaded down on the trails
2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness | Subaru

Moving into this class, we find more traditional sizes in an SUV that stands a little taller. The Forester in the Wilderness trim sits up at 9.2 inches to give you the ground clearance you need. Comparatively, the Toyota RAV4 TRD has 8.6 inches of room, and the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk comes in at 8.7 inches above the ground.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk – midsize crossover SUV

Red 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk on the race track
The track-ready SRT Jeep’s AWD gives it an edge over even the fastest Dodge sedan | Stellantis

That’s right; we have another Jeep on the list. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk represents this SUV class with ground clearance that reaches 11.3 inches for your off-roading pleasure. This measurement easily bests the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro which offers 9.6 inches of space.

Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve – full-size SUV

Gray Jeep Grand Cherokee L Posed
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L | Jeep

You’ll find all of 10.9 inches under the Jeep Grand Cherokee L. This measurement gives you plenty of room to drive over obstacles on any trail. The model that came closest in this class is the GMC Yukon AT4 which has 10.0 inches of clearance, falling just short of the Jeep.

Ford Bronco Wildtrak 2-Door – off-road SUV

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor in the sand
2022 Ford Bronco Raptor | Ford

Does this model surprise you? Has the Ford Bronco just beat the Jeep Wrangler in one of the most important off-road categories? Yes, it has; the Bronco gives you 11.6 inches of ground clearance, while the Wrangler Rubicon measures 10.8 inches of space before you run out of room.

Volvo XC40 – luxury subcompact crossover

A silver 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge against a pink background.
2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge | Volvo

The XC40 may not be the off-road SUV you want to take on the trails, but you’ll be pleased with 8.3-inches of ground clearance when faced with deep snow or a light trail. This measurement is greater than the BMW X1 and X2, measuring 7.2 inches of clearance each.

Infiniti QX50 – luxury compact crossover

Silver Infiniti QX50 on road
Infiniti QX50 | Getty Images

Here’s an SUV that wasn’t expecting to be on the list, but it has the most ground clearance in its class at 8.6 inches. The Range Rover Evoque sits 8.3 inches over the ground, and the Volvo XC60 offers 8.5 inches to fall just short of the Infiniti QX50.

Land Rover Discovery S P300 – luxury midsize crossover SUV

A gold 2022 Land Rover Discovery parked on sand.
2022 Land Rover Defender | Land Rover

The Land Rover Discovery is not only on the AutoGuide.com list; it’s part of the U. S. News and World Report list of SUVs with the highest ground clearance. The measurement for this SUV comes in at 11.1 inches to give you more room than the Range Rover Sport, which offers 10.9 inches of space.

Rivian R1S – luxury full-size SUV

Green 2022 Rivian R1S parked on a snowy road, highlighting how it's the best electric SUV
2022 Rivian R1S | Rivian

Not only is this SUV an electric model, but it also sits the highest off the ground in its class. The RIvian R1S gives you 14.9 inches of clearance to move over obstacles easily. That number is greater than what the largest Range Rover offers, which is only 11.6 inches of clearance.

Land Rover Defender – luxury off-road SUV

White 2022 Land Rover Defender in the snow
2022 Land Rover Defender | Land Rover

Taking on the wilderness is much easier when you have the 11.6 inches of ground clearance of the Land Rover Defender. The next closest model in this class is the Mercedes-Benz G 550, which stands 9.5 inches over the ground.

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This article was updated on 8/16/2022.

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