What makes a top "Dog Car"?
As families hit the road for summer vacation or just weekends away, many of them are taking their dogs along with them. That’s why we turned to our friends at DogCars.com, the automotive and travel site for dog-lovers, to come up with a list of top canine carriers. The site’s automotive review team focuses on the vehicle’s attributes from the viewpoint of a dog owner and rates each vehicle by numbers of paws on a 1-5 scale.
According to DogCars.com, for a vehicle to earn multiple paw ratings high ratings, it must feature:
Seats that fold flat or are easily removable.
Plenty of usable cargo space relative to the size of the vehicle.
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.
All-wheel or four-wheel drive and high ground clearance is preferred.
Co-written by: Dr. Marty Becker
Photos: Respective manufacturers