Almost every automaker claims to produce some sort of family vehicle. All too often those same automakers forget about one group of important family members when designing these vehicles: pets.
Pets are part of the family, too, but it can often be difficult to find a vehicle that can accommodate their specific travel needs. Luckily there are plenty of models out there that create comfortable environments for any of your four-legged compatriots. Whether your list of pets includes canines, felines or some other type of furry friend, you’ll want to check out the following pet-friendly vehicles.
The Mazda3 is a sedan most known for its popularity among automotive enthusiasts due to its sporty feel and precise handling. However, it also has quite the following of pet owners, being named a top choice for this demographic by several institutions and organizations.
AAA named the Mazda3 one of its top choices for drivers and their pets. While the five-door hatchback model provides a greater amount of room, the sedan variation of the Mazda3 certainly isn’t a bad choice for drivers and their dogs, either. Still, the Mazda3 is probably better suited for smaller breeds, as larger dogs might have a hard time finding a comfortable amount of space.
The Chrysler Pacifica is Chrysler’s newest vehicle as well as its latest installment in a segment that the brand helped create: the minivan. If anyone could create a minivan that is appealing to all members of the family, including those with four legs, it would have to be Chrysler.
Mark Phelan, an automotive critic for the Detroit Free Press, believes that the Pacifica completes that task with flying colors. Phelan came to a similar conclusion as a study from Autotrader which named the Chrysler Pacifica as one of the best vehicles for pets. Pet owners will love features like the in-vehicle vacuum, which makes cleaning up after pets a far simpler task.
The Nissan Rogue, one of Nissan’s most popular models, has been a hit with pet owners for years. In fact, Nissan once introduced a concept model for the Rogue designed specifically with pets in mind, called the Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs. According to Kelly Pleskot of MotorTrend, this concept Rogue could hold an average of two dogs, depending on the canines’ sizes, and featured a treat dispenser and no-spill water bowl. Of course, the standard Nissan Rogue is also a great choice for pet lovers.
The Ford Flex is a very spacious vehicle. Inside the cabin, the total cargo area can reach a maximum volume of 83.2 cubic feet. According to John M. Vincent of U.S. News, that makes it an ideal vehicle for drivers with larger dogs. Even the mighty Great Dane will have plenty of space to stretch out when the cargo configuration of the Flex is optimized. Furthermore, the Ford lineup is filled with vehicles that provide plenty of space for a variety of pets.
No other automotive brand has more of a reputation for placing special emphasis on pets than Subaru. In fact, narrowing down which Subaru is best for pet owners is no easy task given the plethora of viable options. Still, U.S. News’ John M. Vincent states that the Subaru Forester is the Subaru model most optimized for pets, an opinion shared by AAA. With a total cargo space of 74.7 cubic feet, the Forester can accommodate canines both large and small. Advanced safety features like the Subaru EyeSight suite also ensure that you and your canine companion are safe during your travels together.
Each species of pet has different conditions that need to be met while out on the road. Fortunately, there are a variety of vehicles ready to meet the needs of the animal companions in your life.