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Best 7 Cars For Dog Owners

Reynold Krieg
Reynold Krieg

Sep 10, 2014

For most of us, being a dog owner doesn't just mean letting your dog out a few times a day or an occasional trip to the dog park.  Most of us are handcuffed to our dogs and that means taking the dog with you everywhere...groceries, picking up the kids, or running up to the post office...owning a dog doesn't stop at the front door.  

On behalf of National Dog Day, on August 26th, Auto Trader put together a list of the top cars for dog owners.  They were quick to point out the features that put these models ahead of the rest.

  • A rear lift gate allows your dog to jump in and out of the car easily; it also makes for more convenient loading in/loading out of pet carriers, crates and kennels.
  • Fold-flat seats create a spacious area for your dog to sit while keeping the actual surface of the seats clean from hair or scratches.
  • An airy cabin is especially beneficial for large dogs to stretch out.
  • Rear cargo-attachment ringlets help keep carriers and crates from sliding around.
  • A containment barrier/divider keeps your dog from jumping up to the front seat while the car is in motion.
  • A low ride height helps dogs -- especially older ones -- get in and out with ease.
  • Rear climate control keeps your dog cool and comfortable in transit no matter what the weather is like.
  • A sunroof brings fresh air and sunlight so you can keep your dog from hanging its head out of the window.
  • Underfloor storage gets your things out of the way so your dog can ride more comfortably.

Now, you might not get cool points in the neighborhood, but your pooch is sure to love you if you own one of these.


Subaru Outback

Nissan Juke

Volkswagen Tiguan

BMW X3

Volvo V60

Kia Soul

Honda Odyssey

In addition to the list above, Auto Trader noted that dogs should never be allowed to sit in the front seat and that power doors/windows should be locked while Fido's in the car.  It's also always a good idea to buckle him up...there are plenty of great dog car seats out there on the market so buckle up and keep your furry friend safe in the back seat! 

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