For many pet-owners, our four-legged friends become very important pieces of our lives. And we always want to make sure our fur babies are as safe and comfortable as possible. That includes finding a vehicle that’s great for your family and your dog, so you can get them from place to place.
If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, check out our picks for driving your dog around. There are a few criteria we keep in mind while compiling this list.
- Rear climate control
- Rear Liftgate
- Securing your pup
- Fold-flat seats
- Low ride height
- Spacious cargo/back seat area
2017 Audi Allroad
Mountain ready and luxury in one vehicle. The 2017 A4 allroad is a great option to take your pup along with you. It’s a low-to-the-ground hatchback with rear seats that fold down. You can fold the seats down 40/20/40 or put the whole row down, giving your pet plenty of room. The hatchback trunk area also offers plenty of space if you don’t want your pup on the seats. When you fold the seats down, you can give your dog 58.5 cubic feet of space.
One really nice feature of the allroad is that cargo area has side pockets with nets so it’s easier to keep everything off the floor and out of your dog’s way. The allroad is a safe option for your whole family, fur babies included.
2017 Ford Edge
The Ford Edge grants you more space – and the pup, too. When the back seats are folded down, the rear compartment gets 73.4 cubic feet of space. If you want to leave the back seats up, the truck area gets 39.2 cubic feet of space for your pup – or anything you need to tow. The truck is a little higher off the ground than some other vehicles on this list, but most healthy dogs should still be able to get into the vehicle.
2017 Honda Fit
The Fit is all about utility and its space. Which is a great focus for a family on the go and all of their furry friends. It offers great fuel efficiency, but can also fit a kayak in the back. It rides pretty low to the ground, giving the dog an easy jump into the car. The second row in the Honda Fit is called the 2nd-Row Magic Seat and offers a 60/40 split with four clever configurations.
When the seats are up, the trunk doesn’t have a ton of space, only 16.6 cubic feet. But, once you fold those seats down, that grows to 52.7 cubic feet. Plus, those magic seats give you plenty of options for storage and transporting your pup and family.
2017 Subaru Crosstrek
Subaru’s are built for adventure. The Crosstrek offers 8.7 inches of clearance, which gives you the freedom to take on almost any road, but shouldn’t be too high for your pup to jump up. It’s a great compact crossover SUV for all sorts of lifestyles; from country roads to city streets. The 60/40 fold-down rear-split seats also make things a little easier. When the rear seats are up, you can get 22.3 cubic feet of space. Once you fold the back seats down, your dog can get 51.9 cubic feet of space. That’s quite a bit of room in the back without having to drive a huge SUV.
One of the extra things that makes Subaru a great brand for dogs is their Love Promise program. Part of that program is the Subaru Loves Pets piece that gives back to local and national organizations that help pets. It’s a great way to give back while keeping your dog happy.
2017 Jeep Renegade
The Renegade is a fun, small SUV. In true Jeep form, it’s ready for any road and every adventure. Off-roading vehicles are great options for driving dogs around because they tend to be a bit easier to clean. Also, the back seat and trunk space is part of what helps make the Renegade such a great choice for dog owners. It gives you all sorts of options with the back seats.
The rear cargo area has an adjustable height so you can offer more space with the seats up. Or, they can fold completely flat, giving your fur baby 50.8 cubic feet of space to work with. The Renegade does ride higher than a few of the other vehicles on the list, but with a big jump or some help, most pups should be able to get in.