For many people, pets are a very important part of their life. A lot of these same people travel everywhere with their pets. If your pet is a frequent roadside companion, having a car that not only suits you, but can accommodate your best buddy as well can be one of the top priorities when choosing a new vehicle. Here is a list of some vehicles that make accommodating your pet comfortable a breeze.
Honda Element – Honda went one step further to making this a pet friendly vehicle by having a “dog friendly” package as one of their options. This package includes a stow-able ramp, pet bed, water bowl, electrical fan, dog patter seat covers dog bone shaped floor mats and more. The vehicle is also equipped with a scratch resistant utility floor and water-resistant fabric seats.
Toyota Venza – This vehicle has options that can be added that include ramps, pet booster seats, waterproof seats and more.
Subaru Outback – Has an accessory option for a dog guard to keep pets in the roomy cargo area with tie down access points.
Subaru Forester – This vehicle offers a large rear cargo area with a low step up than traditional SUVS and tie down points.
Hyundai Santa Fe – This vehicle no longer has the third row option available. Instead, it has increased the cargo area which makes this a very appealing car for dog owners. They also have accessories like rubber mats, pet beds, and more that can be added to your vehicle package.
Volvo – options include cargo dividers and large cargo areas.
Mini Clubman – Anchor points for dog harnesses and leashes and split rear doors for easier entry and exit.
Jeep Liberty – comes with a 2 sided rear cargo floor – one side carpeted or waterproof tray for easy cleanup.
Ford Escape Hybrid – has a large square shape cargo area that can accommodate larger dogs.
Toyota Prius – offers a solar powered ventilation system that will turn a fan on if the interior temperature rises above a certain temperature when the car is off. It is important to note, that it does not cool the car as an air conditioner would when the car is off and parked so care should still be taken not to leave your pet in a car when the outside temperatures are too warm.
As you can see from this small list, that people are more frequently traveling with their pet and in some cases, how a vehicle fits their pets needs as well as their own, is sometimes a top priority. And from the look of the list, car manufacturers are taking notes.
Honda – Honda Element
Toyota – Toyota Venza
Subaru – Subaru Outback
Subaru – Subaru Forester
Hyundai – Hyundai Santa Fe
Volvo – Volvo
Mini ClubMan – Mini Clubman
Jeep – Jeep Liberty
Ford – Ford Escape Hybrid
Toyota – Toyota Prius