If you’re a dog owner, you know your pet can sometime log in almost as much seat time in a car as you do. For the sake of your own convenience and the comfort of your companion, it’s important to choose a vehicle that is set up well for this type of transport situation — for instance, one that has an easy-to-clean interior and a large cargo area is essential. These are five of OpenRoad’s picks.
It’s almost as though the new Clubman were built specifically with canine lovers in mind. It’s slightly larger than before, providing lots of room inside, and the swing-out rear doors make it very easy to load in a carrier if you’re using one. The sporty low stance is great for those times your dog just wants to hop in unfettered.
Humans love the stylish and upscale X5 crossover SUV, and so do our furry friends thanks to features like automatic rear climate control. Regardless of how warm or cool it is in the front, you can independently set the temperature in the back to something more suitable.
Whether you have a poodle or beagle, I’m willing to bet they love sticking their heads out the window. Save them the trouble by opening up the Touareg’s optional huge panoramic sunroof to let in all the fresh air and smells from the outside world. If it gets too toasty, close the electric shade to let in the breeze but not the sun.
Big sliding side doors, tinted glass, over 4,000 litres of cargo space behind the front row and a built-in vacuum cleaner? These specs make the Honda Odyssey sound less like a minivan and more like a rolling doggy daycare. Pick up a set of OEM Honda stain-resistant seat covers to keep paw prints at bay.
With all-wheel drive and available forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, you can rest assured all passengers onboard will both be safe when the unexpected happens. A power liftgates makes dog entry and exit easier, and the Infiniti Connection concierge can help locate the nearest pet store.