You’ve heard the phrase that a dog is a man’s best friend yet how far would you go to make sure your dog is relaxed, safe and comfortable? Many of us will in fact go through the work of buying a vehicle that will fill the needs of our canine family members. Whether that means having enough space or a smooth ride for less stress, it’s worth it to make our pooch happy.
We all want to pick a car that we like personally and that fits our needs as well as our pets. With that in mind, we’ve chosen the best vehicles for dog owners.
Featuring dogs driving in their advertising, the Subaru Outback might as well be called a Dog Car. There is plenty of cab and cargo space for your canine and all the luggage. The low ride height makes getting in and out easy for people and pets. One uncommon feature is the automatic braking system which can stop the car automatically if your puppy runs behind the car when it’s in reverse.
Sitting low to the ground and having a massive cargo area makes this car great for dog owners. The boxy design gives enough space for medium-size crates with tie downs accessible to fasten them down. If you need to store things like toys and leashes, there’s plenty of storage under the rear floor. This car is a top ranking compact car and scores high for reliability.
For a luxurious ride for your dog, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS fits the bill. It’s great for long rides with interior comfort and quietness. The interior features easy-to-clean synthetic leather upholstery standard. The cargo space is large for your pooch to sprawl out and with air suspension it can be lowered for easier entry and exiting.
Although Honda stopped making this compact SUV after 2011, it remains as one of the best dog-friendly vehicles ever made. The wide opening doors, low floor, lack of carpet and low price make the Element perfect for pets. The very large cargo space pretty much swallows several dog crates. It’s small enough to fit in almost any parking spot and very easy to drive.
Let your pooch arrive in style with a Range Rover. It’s got so much cargo room at 32 cubic feet and even more when the back seats are down. Plenty of room for several dogs. The optional pet pack includes things like an access ramp, portable shower, spill-resistant water bowl and foldable pet carrier. It’s like a limousine for your dog.
Driving in a Jeep Wrangler with your family dog is very “All-American”. In 2018, Jeep redesigned the Wrangler to improve its driving dynamics. The Wrangler is almost limitless in how you can customize it for your tastes and needs to make it perfect for you. A muddy dog jumping inside is nothing to worry about as the interior is designed for dirt. It has removable carpet and built-in floor drains for easy washing.
Dog lovers like to buy Subarus because of the car-makers support of animal charities. The 2019 Subaru Ascent can fit up to 8 people in 3 rows with extra room behind the last seat than most rival automobiles. Features include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.
It’s true, dogs can often be stinky. The 2018 Toyota 4Runner can handle this problem with the power-operated rear window in the liftgate. It can be cracked open to release your canine’s offending smells while you’re driving. It also has solid reliability and powerful off-road capabilities for your family trips with the dogs. The interior is lined with durable elements that are made to handle years of abuse. There’s plenty of cargo room for crates although you might consider a ramp for your dog to get into the cargo area.
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