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Pet Worthy: Top 5 Fido-Friendly Vehicles on the Market

There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a vehicle. Does it get good gas mileage? Is it comfortable? When considering the comfort factor, make sure you include your furry family members in your decision-making process. Here are some of the best vehicles on the market that Fido will also approve of.

The Honda Element

Unfortunately, Honda no longer makes the Element, but if you are looking for a used vehicle this may just be the perfect little SUV for your canine companion. Not only does it have a large interior, it has easy to clean floors and nose print resistant windows. Believe it or not, it also came with a dog-friendly package that included a ramp for easy entry, a built-in kennel, removable and washable seat covers, and a spill-resistant water dish. If you can find one of these for sale, you and Fido will be set.

The Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is a bit smaller than the Honda Element, but it has plenty of cargo space in the back as well. It is a roomy, practical, and comfortable vehicle for every member of your family. You will find ample cargo space in the back for your pet and any accessories to bring along on your road trip. There are also plenty of tie-downs for securing a kennel, and the lower vehicle height will make it easier for your pet to get in and out of the car on his own.

The Mazda 3 Hatchback

Although the Mazda 3 is a considerably smaller car, the hatchback still has ample cargo space. This vehicle is more appropriate for small to medium sized dogs. It has a durable interior and rear doors that open up wide making it easier to load a kennel. Again, with its low height, your dog will be able to get in and out easily. There are also many aftermarket pet-friendly accessories that can be found for the Mazda 3 to make this vehicle even more comfortable for you and your pet.

The Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is a more expensive choice for a pet-friendly vehicle. Nonetheless, it has plenty of cargo space in the back and comes with optional rubber floor mats and a pet-barrier to put between the seats and the cargo area. If the XC60 does not quite meet your needs, you may want to consider the larger XC70 or XC90. All three offer plenty of cargo space and a comfortable interior for you and your pet. Volvos, of course, are also known for their consistently high safety marks.

Kia Sedona, or Another Minivan

A minivan may not be your first choice, but they are practical for you and your pet for many reasons. They are big, easily accessible, and many come with a lot of options that will make travelling with your pet easier. For example, minivans typically have easy to fold seats to give your pet more room, as well as easy to clean floor mats. Large breeds can fit comfortably, and there is still plenty of room for a large kennel and other accessories. There are a lot of choices when it comes to pet-friendly vehicles. Do a little research beforehand to be sure you find a vehicle that fits all of your family members’ needs. There are many options to choose from, so finding the perfect Fido-friendly vehicle should not be too difficult.


Donna runs a dog kennel by day, and writes about her love of animals in her free time, she can be found at her ranch either taking care of her used car, or her dog visitors. She’s also a co-author of a blog that features all types of dogs and cats and breeding tips.

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The author has many years of experience in automotive finance and insurance. However, each consumer's situation is unique. It is best to contact a finance specialist for further assistance.
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