Dog owners know the joys and challenges of taking their pets on car trips. Whether it’s a family adventure or merely a visit to the vet, finding a vehicle that offers dog-friendly features is an important consideration.
The experts at AxleGeeks, a motors research site that’s part of the Graphiq network, came up with a list of the best cars for dog owners. We did this by targeting 2017 models that offered dog-friendly features such as cargo tie-downs, rear air conditioning, under seat storage, vinyl flooring and a vinyl or rubber cargo area.
From there, we ranked each model based on its Dog-Friendliness Score, or a raw count of dog-friendly features out of five options, and sorted them from worst to best.
Note: In the event of a tie, the cheaper vehicle was ranked higher.
The Chevrolet Traverse comes with a class-leading 116.3 cubic feet of cargo space, making it the perfect vehicle for dog owners with larger breeds. However, its drawbacks include its high price and lack of vinyl floor coverings.
This SUV features rear air conditioning to keep your dog cool. However, its cargo space of 81.7 cubic feet results in significantly less space relative to comparable models like the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, which provides nearly double the storage.
The 2017 GMC Acadia SL has great features like cargo tie-downs and rear air conditioning. Still, it lacks other amenities such as under seat storage, and its starting price of $30,975 leaves it out of reach for those on a budget.
With 67.6 cubic feet of cargo room and under seat storage, this SUV has plenty of room to store your dog’s items. Its lone disadvantage is its leather-trimmed seating, which could be susceptible to damage inflicted by claws and paws without proper seat protectors.
Its cargo capacity of 48.4 cubic feet makes it the least generous in storage relative to other models on the list. It makes up for this deficiency in its low price and dog-friendly offerings like cargo tie-downs and under seat storage.
This minivan offers the most storage of all dog-friendly models with 148.5 cubic feet of cargo room. Its main detriment is its high price, as other vans like the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE are more reasonably priced.
While this minivan isn’t as spacious as the 2017 Honda Odyssey LX, it is more affordable. Also, the 2017 Ford Transit Connect Wagon features Rear LiftGate, giving your dog easier access to the vehicle.
The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE is the best model for dog owners due to its affordability, spacious interior and dog-friendly equipment such as rear air conditioning, under seat storage and a durable, pet-resistant cargo area.