Pets are truly like members of our family. As a dog-owner, it makes sense to think about your pups when shopping for a new vehicle. Here are five SUV models that’ll suit a wide range of dogs – and their owners.
Subaru XV Crosstrek
Subaru is well-loved among the outdoorsy crowd for its off-road capabilities and affordable utility. Turns out these features help make the XV Crosstrek great for outdoorsy dogs, too.
If your dog loves trips to the mountains and getting its paws muddy, this model is a perfect fit. Less adventurous dogs and their humans will appreciate the XV Crosstrek’s heated front seats and luxurious leather upholstery.
With a base price of under $22,000, the XV Crosstrek is a strong contender in its class. But it’s many amenities notwithstanding, be forewarned the XV Crosstrek is a subcompact crossover model with just 22.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats.
Jeep Cherokee Latitude
The Latitude boasts 54.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats down, making this SUV a great choice for someone with more than one dog, and not as many human passengers.
The Cherokee has plenty of room for dogs and crates and can get up to an impressive 31 miles per gallon on the highway with its nine-speed automatic transmission.
The back hatch offers easy ins and outs for both pets and crates, and there’s even a storage compartment inside the front seat – for dog treats, of course.
The Macan, new for 2015 is Porsche’s compact SUV offering. For a compact, the offers generous room for pups and has a helpful self-leveling air suspension system that makes it easy for your dog to hop right in.
For a larger Porsche SUV, go with the midsize Cayenne, which also features the self-leveling air suspension system.
This midsize crossover SUV has a luxe leather interior, extensive electronic amenities and is equipped with 47 cubic feet of cargo space with the second-row of seats down. The QX50’s style is complemented by its utility and versatility – it’s equally at home in the city or climbing back-country hills to take you and your dog to your favorite hiking spot.
The Dodge Journey, a midsize SUV, has numerous family and pet-friendly features. A concealed storage bin in the front passenger seat is perfect for storing leashes and treats, and a glove box cooler ensures that you always have a cool drink for a thirsty pup.
The Journey’s in-floor storage bins in the second row come with removable and washable liners and are perfect for wrangling pet accessories that would otherwise require their own bag or bin.
Model features that are popular among dog owners include: rubber mats for the cargo area, and tie down points for creates and kennels, and a pet barrier.
Also, look for models that have lower ground clearance making it easier for dogs to ingress and egress.