In 2008, dogcar.com named the Suzuki Equator the best Dog Car of the year. Why? Amid claims that “dogs like trucks the best”, researchers for the site began looking for a truck that could accommodate a dog while still being safe. The trouble with trucks is that there is always the risk that your dog will get hit by a flying object or get stuck in the rain, sleet, snow etc. (Being from Oregon, I myself think about these things.)
The Equator stands apart because of its large enclosed cab that can carry people and dogs alike. If you want your dog to ride in the bed, there are tie-downs and rails to safely secure your dog in his crate. It’s surprisingly light for its size and can be loaded with any variety of heavy pets and pet paraphernalia on not lose any of its “Oomph”.
Suzuki not your cup of tea? There are a number of cars out there known for their dog appeal, including but limited to: Dodge Caravan, Honda Element, Subaru Forester, Toyota Highlander and BMW X5.
Here is what you want to look for when deciding if a car is canine-friendly:
- Seats that fold flat or are easily removable.
- Plenty of usable cargo space.
- Plastic flooring for ease of cleaning.
- Wide, square backs, with as little rear slope as possible, to make the most of the cargo area.
- Door and window locks, so a dog can’t accidentally unlock a door or roll down a window.
- Cars without an alarm system that detects motion.
- All-wheel or four-wheel drive and high ground clearance because people with dogs tend to be more active.
For more of what to look for in a dog-friendly car, go to www.dogcars.com.