In your life, you may own dogs, yet still travel considerably year-round for your job. While you (and your dogs) are probably accustomed to being on the road, you want to make sure they are as comfortable as possible before reaching a hotel or when heading to your actual home. For that you want to choose one of the best cars for dogs, a few of which are listed below.
The Honda Odyssey
For a passenger car, you can’t go wrong with any Honda, though the Odyssey is superior for dogs. A good reason is because it’s so easy to customize by providing a large cargo carrier area in the back when your dogs grow large.
Beyond this, you have some great features in the front of the car for hauling dogs of any size. With an automatic climate control feature, you don’t have to worry about your dogs getting overheated while driving in warm climates.
You can even create a puppy play pen in the back thanks to a third-row of seats folding down into the floor.
It also comes with a built-in vacuum, which means you can quickly clean up when your dog sheds during long road excursions.
The Toyota Prius
Gayot recently selected this as the top dog-friendly vehicle around today. A very compact and budget-conscious car, there’s a lot more to it than it appears from the exterior.
As a hybrid vehicle, it has more room on the interior than you think, with up to 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space. It’s enough to hold your dog and at least three other passengers without feeling cramped. Plus, the hatch door in the back makes it easy for you to let your dog jump in and out without having to open a passenger door.
It’s a good idea to look into dog safety harnesses and dog seat belts as an accessory, which you can easily install in vehicles like this.
The Jeep Wrangler
You’ve perhaps owned a Jeep Wrangler at one time, and it’s a true classic that never gets old. Maybe you’ve avoided owning one recently after buying a dog, because you didn’t think it was safe enough.
In reality, it’s quite safe and roomy since newer editions offer up to 70.6 cubic feet of space when folding down the back seats.
Slush mats and a cargo area tray helps protects the upholstery in your Wrangler if you have a dog who tends to make messes. For those of you who travel often with your dog to rugged territory, it’s time to revisit the Wrangler as a smart buying choice.
The Subaru Outback
This might just be our favorite, not only based on features, but also on how Subaru has been a long-time pet advocate. In U.S. News and World Report, the 2017 Subaru Outback ranks near the top of their best wagons list. Especially roomy is the second row of seats, which can fold down or even recline, a feature that provides lots of room for pet travel crates.
And Subaru Loves Pets. They show this not only through their ads, but in their support of the ASPCA, The Center for Pet Safety, Pilots N Paws and the Pet Philanthropy Hero Awards. You can find out more about how Subaru Loves Pets here.
If you have a car that works especially well with pets, let us know!