Pet Friendly Cars: How to Choose the Right Vehicle
According to one recent survey, more than 30 percent of holiday travelers bring their pet on the road with them. And roughly a quarter of all pet owners travel with their pet more than 20 times a year, according to Cars.com.
Whether it's a once-a-year trip to the vet or everyday car trips, pet owners are faced with the task of keeping themselves and their animal companions safe and comfy in the car. With that in mind, we want to highlight various features and products that are available to pet owners on today's four-legged friendly vehicles.
"In our research, we found that Volvo does the best job of offering products for pet owners," said Cars.com Managing Editor Patrick Olsen. "However, many automakers offer features and options that are pet-friendly, even though not all of them were designed specifically for pets."
The following are pet-friendly features offered by manufacturers:
Nets that span the space between the ceiling and the backrests of the front or rear seats.
A collection of metal dividers for wagons and SUVs.
A vertical grate that divides the cargo area into halves, separating a dog from cargo or another dog.
The Jetta and Passat wagons offer cargo partitions, while driver accessories include a VW Beetle squeaky toy, air freshener and squishy pillow. Other VW gear includes heavy-duty floor mats and cargo liners.
Other features that can make traveling with pets easier, and a few cars that have them, include:
Fold-up backseat cushions, which allow a larger area on the floor for pets to lie down. (Honda Ridgeline, Dodge Dakota)
Fold-flat second-row seats, which open up the cargo area for more pet space. (Most wagons/SUVs/minivans)
Fold-flat front passenger seat, which opens up the cargo area for even more pet space. check out the cargo space and make sure the seats fold down.
Hard-coated and scratch-resistant load floor/folding seatbacks, making for easy cleanup. Ask your dealer.
Washable/stain-resistant upholstery. Ask your dealer.