The Best Dog-Friendly Vehicles on the Market Today

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Best Dog-Friendly Vehicles

Best Dog-Friendly Vehicles

It’s estimated that nearly 80 million people own dogs in the Unites States, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Pet ownership has skyrocketed over the years and that means more pooches are taking rides in cars. Car makers have caught on to the trend and some are manufacturing vehicles that accommodate your pup’s needs.

Toy Breeds: Mini Cooper Countryman

The Mini Cooper Countryman has four doors, five seats and plenty of cargo room. It’s also been an IIHS Safety Pick for four years in a row. In addition to being safe for both you and your pup, the Countryman is fuel-efficient, getting 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 25 in the city. The Countryman also comes with All4 all-wheel drive, a performance feature that helps you stay in control, no matter the terrain. And, although it looks small on the outside, the inside of the Mini is actually quite spacious, boasting 42.2 cubic feet of space. Your toy breed might not need all of that space, but it makes packing his or her crate and doggy accessories easy. We actually found it really easy for us to fit our 4 Border Collie mixes in this and everyone still had room to lay down.

Small Breeds: Kia Soul

Pugs, terriers and Frenchies have a lot of personality, and so does the Kia Soul. The interior was developed with comfort in mind, so it’s quiet on the inside, which makes the car ride stress-free for your pup. The Soul even has a panoramic sunroof that opens with just the touch of a button, letting the sunlight and fresh air into the cab. This feature is great for pups who love to feel the wind in their fur and pet parents who care about their dog’s safety. As DriveTime notes, keeping your pet safe starts with keeping them inside of the car. Letting your pup hang out of the window can put him or her at risk of injury. DriveTime recommends using restraint systems or carriers to keep your dog safe while riding in the car. If you’re ready to upgrade your wheels, consider contacting DriveTime to get a great deal on a used car.

Medium Breeds: Subaru Outback

The folks at Subaru are dog lovers, just like you. Subaru promotes an active, healthy lifestyle. If you’re ready to take an action-packed adventure, the Subaru Outback just might be the best option for you and your pooch. It’s the most fuel-efficient crossover in the U.S., and it has 143.6 cubic feet of interior space in addition to the cargo carrying space on the roof that can hold up to 150 pounds of gear. Your adventurous pup has plenty of space to relax on the drive to your destination, and once you arrive you can let your pup out through the hatch with the touch of a button with the Outback’s power rear gate opener. This is our best pick for trips with our pack.

Large Breeds: Buick Encore

In 2014, USA Today named the Buick Encore a top pick for dog parents based on its cabin space, storage options, fold-flat seating and easy-access tailgate. Large dogs have large crates, so they need all the room that the Encore provides. Not only is this crossover great for large breeds, it’s great for large families, too.

June 25, 2015 |

Top 3 Pet-and-Kid Friendly Cars for 2015

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Top 3 Pet-and-Kid Friendly Cars for 2015

As a parent to both kids and dogs, you know that the two have a lot in common; one thing being they both require an astonishing amount of gear. Of course, they’re adorable, but they also love tagging along to wherever you’re headed and, no matter where that is, always happen to find mud and other messy substances to track into the car.

If you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, there are a few things to take into consideration. The following three vehicles for 2015 are ideal for both kids and dogs.

Toyota Sienna: Spacious with tons of storage

In your pre-kid-and-pooch days you might have mightily declared, “I will never drive a minivan;” but never say never, as minivans are practical, comfortable and easy to drive. In fact, Kelley Blue Book lists the Toyota Sienna as one of the best family cars that money can buy. The minivan not only has an enormous cargo area, which is ideal for carrying big strollers and dog crates, the rear seating also folds flat, allowing your dog to lie down comfortably when you are out and about. It features an oddly high number of cup holders which will house both sippy cups and doggie treats with ease, and under-seat storage keeps toys, blankets and chew bones from rolling around on the floor.

Subaru Forester: Deceptively large interior

In most cases, a kid-friendly car will also be a dog-friendly car. Consumer Reports named the Subaru Forester SUV as one of the best vehicles for a mom to drive. Features like big windows are perfect for kids and dogs to watch the passing scenery, and large rear seating areas (one of the largest in its class) make it ideal for multi-kid-and-pet families. The vehicle also boasts impressive leg room, which is nice if your darling dog likes to lie on the floorboards under his or her little master’s feet. The Premium model comes equipped with a backup camera, which is a terrific safety feature to have on any vehicle to prevent busy parents from accidentally running over tricycles or toys that are left in the driveway.

Nissan Juke: Impressive cargo area

When it comes to dog-and-kid friendly cars, it’s a good idea to look for makes and models with low ride heights; this way, little legs can easily crawl or jump up into the vehicle. In addition, tailgates that fold down are good for dogs to hop up into the car; a good idea if your dog weighs more than 25 pounds. Car and Driver created a list of dog-friendly vehicles that are also perfect for kids. In addition to the aforementioned features, the Juke also has seats that fold flat and storage areas under the floor, plus an enormous cargo area in back that will easily hold all of the doggie and kiddie paraphernalia that you lug around on the daily. The interior is easy to clean—another bonus for when you are on the road with kids and pets—and the rear gate folds down nicely for easy access both for dogs and for loading it up with groceries, baby swings and more.

February 20, 2015 |
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