We’re a little dog crazy here at Autotrader. And why wouldn’t we be? Dogs make great companions at home, in the office, and on the road. We’re always looking for excuses to bring our dogs along for the ride, allowing us to involve them in testing. We’re not alone. According to research by Cox Automotive (Autotrader’s parent company), 62% of dog owners take their dog in the car at least once weekly, and 77% consider their dog when deciding which vehicle to buy. Overwhelmingly, 92% feel their dogs are family or their best friends.
Which brings up the question: Which cars are best for dog lovers?Key features in the best new cars for dog lovers
A good dog car has durable seats and a rugged interior.
Durable seats — Vinyl, leather, and faux leather are the preferred seating materials for dog lovers, thanks to their durability and easy cleaning.
Low cargo floor – A tall cargo floor can intimidate even a big dog. A low floor makes a vehicle accessible to small dogs and those with mobility issues.
Rugged interior – Even the best-behaved dogs can accidentally cause damage to delicate surfaces. A rough-and-ready interior can better stand up to dog nails (and slobber).
Accessories – Several manufacturers include dog accessories, like pet screens, in their catalogs. The aftermarket also supplies great harnesses, kennels, and other pet travel essentials. Some are universal; some are model specific.
Cargo tie-downs — Automotive pet accessories are much more secure when using cargo tie-down hooks.
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