Best Cars for Dog Lovers 2022: Autotrader Detroit 3 Vehicles

Best Cars for Dog Lovers 2022: Autotrader Detroit 3 Vehicles

For many dog ​​owners, making sure Fido fits in the car is one of the most important considerations when buying a vehicle.

Still, many car buyers don’t bring Fido to the dealer for a test drive. To help with that, auto-shopping site Autotrader released its ninth annual list of the best cars for dog lovers on Tuesday, just in time for National Dog Day on Friday. Two of the Detroit Three automakers made the list.

“Some owners bring dogs to dealers and some don’t. They should,” said Brian Moody, editor-in-chief of Autotrader. “They’re not doing you a favor by selling you a $40,000 thing. It’s your decision, so you have to take your stuff there, whether it’s a child seat or a dog. Make it work for you.”

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 38% of US households have at least one dog. The Association estimates the number of pets in the US at approximately 77 million.

A recent survey by Autotrader found that over 85% of dog owners think about taking their dog somewhere when they buy a car, and two-thirds of dog owners take their dog on a car ride at least once a week. The survey, conducted earlier this summer, surveyed 600 dog owners, Moody said.

Autotrader’s 2022 Best Cars for Dog Lovers takes into account the dog-friendly factors that give dog owners the best vehicle options.

“All the vehicles on this list have some form of pet-friendly accessories,” Moody told the Free Press. “We also looked at cars that are just good cars. Every car on it gets a 3.5 or higher score on our five-point vehicle scale.”

Here are Autotrader’s 2022 best cars for dog lovers in alphabetical order:

  • 2022 Chrysler Pacifica
  • 2022 Ford Bronco Sport
  • 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2022 Jeep Wrangler
  • 2022 Kia Soul
  • 2022 Ram ProMaster City Car
  • 2022 Subaru Outback
  • 2022 Tesla Model 3
  • 2022 Toyota Siena
  • 2022 Volvo XC60

To select the best cars for dog owners, Autotrader experts started with vehicles that offer a plethora of pet-friendly features and accessories, Moody said. For example, they looked for a low floor for easy access, rear heating and air conditioning vents to keep the animal comfortable, and accessories such as soft crates and harnesses to keep the dogs safe.

“Almost every year a Volvo and Subaru are on the list because they have great pet-friendly accessories from water bowls, built-in crates, seat covers for the back seats, there is a clip and harness system that fits into the seat belt system of the car,” Moody said.

But Subaru goes beyond just having full accessories, he said.

“It’s part of their corporate culture that even their dealers are associated with local shelters to help with adoption,” Moody said.

Some of the brands on the list may not offer all of these products, but they are sporty so they fit most dog owners’ lifestyles. For example, the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco Sport don’t have a low entry for dogs, but they do offer soft rear cases and other aftermarket accessories to take Rover off-road, Moody said.

Autotrader also looked at the price so that the list would include a wide range of affordability. For example, the Bronco Sport is one of the more affordable options starting at $28,815. Kia Soul made the list because it offers a low load floor and starts at $19,790.

The Tesla Model 3, which starts at $46,990, has a “dog mode,” a climate control feature. A driver can leave their pet in the car and the cabin will remain cool or warm, depending on the correct setting. A message is displayed on the center console screen to alert bystanders that the owner knows the pet is in the vehicle and that the environment is temperature controlled.

There were no General Motors cars on the list, and Moody said there was no specific reason other than, “In doing research, many of these specific companies have gone out of their way to manufacture accessories and aftermarket accessories for pets.”

Also, there are no pickups on the list. Moody said people ask him about it because they imagine a dog driving in the bed of the pickup truck in the country.

“Well, that’s not really the safest thing for dogs. Dogs can be thrown out of the back of the truck,” Moody said. “Jumping up and down to get in and out of the pick-up bed is also hard on their joints and hips.”

He said past readers were also surprised to learn that you have to harness your dog in the car. Most harnesses, available at pet stores, cost $30 to $40 and attach to seat belts.

For more information from Autotrader on the 2022 Best Dog Lover Cars List, including details on which dog-friendly features helped each model earn a spot on this year’s list, and for a chance to win a BFF to match. limited edition charm set, come to visit

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