When the great outdoors come a-calling, but your 100-pound pooch has outgrown the backseat of your old Toyota Tercel, it might be time for a fresh set of wheels. But choosing a car that best suits your canine companion is a more complex equation than one might expect. Sure, there’s plenty of advice out there for choosing a kid-friendly car that keeps whining from the back seat at bay, but what about man’s best friend?
While the average mutt will still flip when they hear the word “car,” there are a few key factors that need to be weighed when picking the perfect puppy transporter. Crash ratings, interior space, cabin materials, tie-downs, window positions, and ride heights should all be taken into account when selecting the ideal pet-friendly car.
Thanks to key features like automatic liftgates, electronically controlled fold-flat seats, adjustable rear cargo tracks, a divider or kennel attachment, rear climate controls, all-weather mats, and cargo covers, there are more pet friendly cars out there than ever before, even if automakers don’t exactly advertise them as such. Keeping in mind the pet transit warnings from the DMV, here are a dozen vehicles that border on being tailor-made for dogs and their humans, along with a few key selling points that make each one extra special in our book.