We get it – your pup is part of your family and even sleeps in the same bed with you. Don’t you believe he/she deserves just as much comfort as you do when it comes to traveling? According to the Humane Society, 78.2 million people are dog owners. In light of these numbers, keeping your canine cargo safe and secure has been a priority for many auto brands. Without further ado, here are eight great cars for dog owners.
1. Ford Escape
A useful feature included on the Escape is the easy-opening liftgate. Your hands are full and your dog needs to get in the car – with a slight kick under the center of the rear bumper, the door will unlock and raise itself.
2. Toyota FJ Cruiser
When that hiking trail 15 minutes from your house just won’t do, it’s time to explore. The FJ is perfectly equipped for the outdoor extremist explorer and her dog. Through rocks or river, its elevated air intake and electrical components are protected. And, the water-resistant seating surfaces will come in handy after a dip in the lake.
3. Honda CRV
With the flick of a handle, the second row of seats in the CRV fold flat in one fluid and mechanically smooth motion. Dog blocking your rearview? The EX-L model includes a back up camera that lets you see past all furry friends.
4. Volvo XC70
The Volvo offers a versatile cargo space that works for mountain climbing trips as well as grocery store runs. All wheel drive is offered on this car so you can take your pootch practically anywhere any time of year.
5. Subaru Forester
With Subaru’s “Dog Tested” campaign, this model speaks for itself. The tie down points in the cargo space will keep Rover secure during the drive. The Forester is also designed with a low floor, making it easy for your dog to get in and out, which is particularly useful for older dogs with sore joints.
6. Volkswagen Tiguan
Big brother to the Jetta and Golf, the Tiguan provides space for your whole family without feeling or driving like a monster truck. Powered by a turbocharged inline-4, your big dog will love sticking his head out of the window of this zippy ride!
7. Honda Element
With an optional doggy package (seriously), the Honda Element is Fido’s dream. This car can come equipped with a built-in kennel, stowable ramp and spill-proof water bowl – talk about innovation.
8. EX37 Journey
Adding a little more perks for the driver, the Infiniti combines style and utility. A luxurious interior and advanced electronics are included along with available all-wheel drive. While you’re enjoying the leather seats, your pooch stays comfortable and safe during those backcountry drives.
So there you have it, a ride for every rover. What strikes your fancy? Let us know, and we’ll be happy to deliver a car for a test drive to you and your pooch.