Dog owners today looking for the right vehicle for the family and beloved pet have many choices. To help simplify the process, AutoTrader.com put together a list of seven cars that would make Fido happy, while also offering amenities and creature comforts sought by humans.
When shopping for a new car, there are several features pet owners should look for. They include a rear lift gate, fold-flat seats, a low ride height, a containment barrier/divider and rear climate control.
The AutoTrader.com take: The Outback is good for those who have an 'outdoorsy dog' that enjoys wintry conditions. The wagon's wide configuration offers plenty of room in the cargo area. A wide low-load floor and optional pet barrier are among the amenities offered. In addition, Subaru offers many pet-friendly accessories. Find a Subaru Outback near you.
The AutoTrader.com take: The Juke offers a low, car-like ride height for easy in and out, especially via the large rear hatch. A combination of coupe, crossover and hatchback, the Juke offers just the right amount of size and utility for small-to-medium dogs that ride in carriers. Find a Nissan Juke near you.
The AutoTrader.com take: A car that derives its name by combining the words tiger and iguana must be pet-friendly. The rear seats of the Tiguan fold flat, making room for pets of almost any size, and an optional dog barrier keeps your pet safely contained where it can't distract you. Find a Volkswagen Tiguan near you.
The AutoTrader.com take: Canine comfort (as well as the comfort of human passengers) is maximized by the X3's heated leather seats, a sunroof and rear climate control. The cargo area is the right size for small- to medium-sized dogs, and for dogs that like to play in the snow, the X3's AWD system makes winter driving virtually worry-free. Find a BMW X3 near you.
The AutoTrader.com take: The V60 offers a spacious cargo area, lots of utility, rear climate control and one of the safest passenger compartments available. Rear tie-downs make harnessing a pet carrier easy. If you don't use a carrier, then go with the optional dog barrier. Find a Volvo V60 near you.
The AutoTrader.com take: The Soul's boxy and efficient shape allows for plenty of headroom. Even though the Soul is compact, it comfortably accommodates big and tall dogs. The large rear hatch is also a plus for quick entry and exit. Find a Kia Soul near you.
The AutoTrader.com take: The Odyssey has it all when it comes to driving with your dog. There's a wealth of room, comfortable seats, rear ventilation, underfloor compartments and even a built-in vacuum. For dogs that shed excessively, this innovative vac system lets you clean up quickly and effectively. The Honda Odyssey also has side window shades that can help keep your dog from getting too hot while traveling. Find a Honda Odyssey near you.