Being a pet owner isn’t actually easy, as it’s a relationship that requires an utmost commitment in order to create a lasting bond. Well, these pooches have no ability to talk but their cuddles and playful acts are enough to be our happy pill and emotional therapy when life makes you a bit down, which makes them a man’s best friend. Well, they are more than that; take it from a dog parent.
Speaking of being a pet parent, we tend to involve our doggos and felines in almost everything we do like long drive adventures or even a quick drive to the mall. To make these getaways more exciting, you should also bring another companion with you – a car. Wondering which four-wheeled buddy perfectly fits your four-legged pal? Here’s a list pet-friendly cars and its essential features for your beloved waggly tails.
Cars that are comfy and quiet
Getting the quiet part down may be tricky, but let's narrow our search first. Crossovers can be some of the most comfortable cars in the business. Brands have been bringing out crossovers to the market left and right because of their ample ground clearance and their practicality inside. If you are a dog owner, it's good to have ample space at the rear and cargo to boot.
What about quiet? NVH is one thing, but if you want something that operates more silently than a standard gasoline-only car, then check out these two. The Nissan Kicks and the Toyota Corolla Cross have what it takes to be great daily drivers and a premium coach for your pet. This is because the Nissan features e-POWER technology which substitutes a traditional drivetrain for an electric one, but it is charged by gasoline, and the Toyota's series-parallel hybrid system which allows it to smoothly travel over the road and alternate between gasoline and electric power. Driving smoothness is also important to consider because it also contributes a lot to your pet's mood while on the road.
If you want no noise to come from the engine when you accelerate, then ditch it altogether. Go fully-electric in this case, and the BYD Atto 3, is one car that you will thoroughly enjoy on a daily basis with its quiet operation and its exceedingly comfortable cabin. It accelerates well but it produces almost zero noise thanks to the fact that it is moved by a single electric motor.
Car with low access height
To make it easier for your beloved canines to get in and out of the vehicle, choose a vehicle that has a built-in low ride height. With this, you won’t have to carry them out of the car, so it would be less hassle on your part. Cars like the Hyundai Staria or the Hyundai Stargazer are great at this. Either model will have a low floor for dog owners and their furry friends to access and enjoy.
Cars with rear A/C
Surely, you never want your pets to be irritable when it’s hot inside the cabin, right? Because it only means non-stop barking and meowing. That said, it’s better to get a vehicle that comes with rear A/C to cool your cabin such as the Subaru Forester and the Nissan Navara. On top of that, the rear AC vents are one thing, but the space that these cars also provide is quite great. They'll allow your pet to get comfortable and not feel as cramped. Whether you go with a pickup truck with that rear bed for hauling big items, or whether you go with the comfortable crossover in the form of the Forester, either choice will likely be loved by your furry companion.
Cars with leather seats
Furry friends are cute, but owning one is a bit of a hassle as they shed hair every time. As such, it’s better to choose a car with comfortable leather seats rather than the clothed one, since leather is easier to clean than the latter. Well, the EcoBoost variant of the Ford EcoSport and GAC GS3 Emzoom come with this feature.
Cars with power liftgate
Embarking on an adventurous trip with your four-legged friend also translates to a bunch of important stuff at the back of your car. The power liftgate is a useful feature that will make hauling your things an easier job. Select variants of the Nissan Terra and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport are integrated with this hassle-free feature.
So are you considering any of the following vehicles we’ve mentioned above? If yes, then, don’t hesitate to click on the ‘Get Quote’ button—it’s absolutely free. You could even request to test drive the cars so you would know what you’ll like about them, first hand.
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