Is my dog going to like this car? Is my dog going to fit in this car? Where is the dog bed going to go? Is the tailgate going to be easy to open and close when the dog is getting in and out? These are all important questions to consider for the dog owners who have dogs that go "everywhere" with them. Visit DogCars.com and some of these questions and many more will be answered for you before you visit a single car dealer.
Dogs.com reviews a wide selection of cars for anyone's personal preference and financial situation. They also make their reviews easy to decipher with their "paws" rating system of 1-5 paws shown at the top of each written review.
For people who want their dog to ride in a "lap of luxury" they reviewed the 2008 Mercedes GL 550 SUV. The reviewer found the Mercedes to be quite dog friendly with a wide tail gate for getting the dog in and out of the vehicle and it had the nice bonus of the tailgate opening with the touch of a button on your door lock remote. And inside the truck on the side wall of the rear department they provide a button to press to fold their rear seats down. Those are nice features if you are transporting dogs, kids and groceries. 3 out of 5 PAWS with a sticker price starting around $80,000.
Here in New England it seems the car of choice for many people is the Subaru. It has all wheel drive and it is reliable and with the recent redesign of their Outback model it seems that its popularity will most likely continue. Dogs.com reviewed the new 2010 Outback and gave it 5 PAWS. In the cargo area in back the reviewer judged that two Labrador Retrievers could fit comfortably and if you had dogs the size of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels you could maybe get up to six. The 2010 model Outback is 2 inches wider, the wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer and store capacity has now been expanded 6 feet to 71.3 feet.
Looking for an economically practical minivan that is dog friendly?
Dogcars.com likes the 2007 Kia Sedona. They were particularly impressed with the room for dog crates in the storage behind the 2nd row of seats and the ability to fold the 3rd row of seats into the floor! And they found getting the dogs out of the back to be easy due to a "low deck". And they were impressed by how comfortable the Sedona is and the options that are available at a "reasonable" price.
I last wrote about DogCars.com in January 2008. Since then the number of cars they review has increased and the website itself has grown and is more impressive as they review more dog gear products and accessories that are useful when traveling in your vehicle with your dogs.
If you are in the market for a new car and you are a dog owner Dog Cars.com is worth checking out.