What's the best car to carry a dog? Take a pick from these 10

List includes sub-compacts and luxury wagons, compact utilities and EVs

Published: August 27, 2019, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:52 PM

dogs in pet carrier

When it comes to travelling with your best friend, there are few cars that can keep both you and your pooch comfortable, but Autotrader has come up with what it believes are the ten best, and there’s something for everybody.

“Our goal is to help people navigate the car buying process through our extensive lists of vehicles that suit consumers’ various needs,” says Brian Moody, executive editor at Autotrader. “With this in mind, we came up with a list of cars that offer both comfort and convenience features pet owners should consider when they’re buying a car.”

Released to coincide with National Dog Day (Aug. 26), the Autotrader list includes sub-compacts and luxury wagons, compact sport utilities and premium crossovers, electric cars and plug-in hybrids. And although comfort is a prime motivator for both owners and pets, there are certain features that score more highly.

Important features to dog owners include leather seats (which are more durable and easier to clean) or cloth upholstery (which stays cooler in the sun and warmer in the winter and is less slippery) but not Alcantara, tinted windows (to reduce UV-ray penetration and help reduce heat in the cabin), rear ventilation (to provide cool air in summer and warm air in winter), low load height (to make it easier for smaller dogs and older dogs to get in and out without help), flat load floor (to keep dog crates level) stretching to the rear seats when they fold down, and cargo tie downs (to secure crates, attach harnesses and secure barriers).

For 2019, the list comprises of (in alphabetical order):

  • BMW X2
  • Buick Regal TourX
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • Honda Fit
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  • Subaru Crosstrek
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Volvo V60 Cross Country