13. 2017 Mazda CX-9 (8.8 inches)
The 2.5-liter, 250 horsepower CX-9 combines the athletic performance of smaller, sportier models with 8.8 inches of ground clearance. The optional i-Activ AWD system will keep you and six of your nearest and dearest rolling when the heavens open.
Starting at $33,320 for the AWD Sport, the CX-9 provides the best ground clearance in the Mazda lineup. The car’s elegant styling, upscale interior materials, and pleasant driving characteristics that make it a great all-rounder.