Dog lovers take their four-legged friends seriously. Actually, they take their pets so serious that they are almost as much a part of the family as children. Approximately 80% of dog lovers take their dogs when hitting the road. A dog putting its head out of the window and letting its tongue flap in the air has become an iconic American image as apple pie or baseball.
So it`s no surprise that when it comes to choosing a car dogs are often a factor in decision. Vehicle designed with four-legged friends in mind have features, which can be found in a typical car. They include a spill-proof water bowl, a built-in kennel, special cooling system, etc.
Factors in Choosing a Dog-Friendly Car
When shopping for a car, dog owners should be mindful of the features that will make travelling with their pets much easier, and if possible take their four-legged friend s with them on the test drive to find out whether it is the right fit for dog.
There are several factors, which made a vehicle dog-friendly and a road trip more enjoyable. They include
· fold-flat seats
· low ride height
· rear lift gate
· airy cabin
· underfloor storage
Which Cars Are Most Dog-Friendly?
Nissan Juke is a quirky “sport cross” perfect for active urbanites, which like to get out of town with their four-legged friends on occasion.
Volkswagen Tiguan manufactured on the same platform as Golf and Jetta, and powered by a turbocharged inline-4, offers a small car feel in a more spacious and functional package that is an excellent option for families with pets.
Kia Sorento has over 75 feet of cargo room with the seats folded down. It is capable to carry the whole pack to the dog park. Due to the vehicle`s quiet and smooth ride, your dog will rest with pleasure.
The luxurious Infinity QX50 crossover blends great performance capabilities, cool look and utility of a family wagon. It`s an ideal vehicle for backcountry romps.
Sport edition of Japanese automaker`s value-driven crossover offers plenty of cargo room for taking the pooch on a family trip to the lake. Empowered with economic 2.0-liter inline-4 and available permanently variable transmission, the vehicle earns up to 31 mpg highway without ever feeling tardy.
Ram 1500 Outdoorsman
Pickup truck boasts a spacious interior and roomy cargo bed. It is perfectly equipped for big dogs. When combined with 5.7-liter HEMI V8 and 4-wheel drive the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman delivers strong performance in all road conditions.