dog friendly cars

For many people, dogs aren’t just pets — they’re a member of the family. We love taking them wherever we go, whether it’s the park, the beach, shopping or a weekend getaway. However, if your furry friend is going to be spending a lot of time with you on the road, it’s important to pick the right ride. Take a look at GAYOT’s Top 10 Dog-Friendly Cars to find a wide array of vehicles that can transport you and your dog in comfort and style. For more dog-friendly fun, make sure to check out our Pet-Friendly Guide featuring dog gifts, dog-friendly restaurants, hotels and more.

 

 

8Toyota Prius C

The perfect choice for budget-conscious dog owners, the Toyota Prius c offers great utility and fuel economy. It’s compact, but has enough space to fit you, your dog and three of your friends comfortably. Plus, the large hatch door makes jumping in and out of the car easier for your pup! Full Review

Cargo: 17.1 cubic feet
Off-road capability: 
none
Equipment:
 fold-flat seats, optional cargo tray


7Kia Soul

HATCHBACK

Although the Kia Soul looks compact, it actually boasts a lot of headroom, making it perfect for big or tall dogs. The rear hatch door also makes it possible for your pups to jump in and out with ease. Plus, the panoramic sun roof on this boxy ride gives your furry friend a nice view while you cruise. Full Review

Cargo: 24.2 cubic feet
Off-road capability: 
none
Equipment: 
rear climate control, cargo tray, optional rubber floor mats 


6Mini Cooper S Clubman

 

HATCHBACK

The all-new Mini Cooper S Clubman is bigger and better-equipped for pet owners and their furry friends. With added all-wheel drive and loads of extra cargo space, this 5-door hatch will keep your dog comfortable during long and short drives around town. And since its chassis is built so low to the ground, pets won’t have any trouble hopping in, no matter their size. Full Review

Cargo: 47.9 cubic feet with seats down
Off-road capability: 
none
Equipment: 
fold-flat seats, optional pet barrier

5Subaru Outback

 

STATION WAGON

If you and Fido like to stay active, consider a car that’s fit for the outdoors. The Subaru Outback is equipped with all-wheel drive and plenty of space for both your dog and your camping gear. Full Review

Cargo: 35.5 cubic feet
Off-road capability: 
moderate 
Equipment: 
optional pet barrier

4Volvo V60 Cross Country

STATION WAGON

If you want the versatility of a crossover but prefer the dynamics of a sedan, this all-wheel-drive wagon might just fit the bill. It has a generous amount of cargo space for all your gear, plus a dog or three, and offers moderate off-road capabilities. Full Review

Cargo: 43.8 cubic feet
Off-road capability: 
moderate
Equipment: 
optional seat liner, cargo liner, cargo divider and rear tie-downs

3Volkswagen Tiguan

SMALL SUV

The 2017 Tiguan offers enough room for larger dogs to fit comfortably while still providing an elegant and luxurious ride. With the rear seats folded down, there’s tons of space for your pup. But make sure to pull out the optional seat liners when they’re set upright — especially if you’re opting for the leather interior.  Full Review

Cargo: 23.8 cubic feet
Off-road capability: 
moderate
Equipment: 
fold-flat seats, seat liner, pet barrier

2Range Rover Evoque

CROSSOVER

This stylish offering from Land Rover is the smallest vehicle in the manufacturer’s lineup and the most sporty. It’s sleek but also snug inside, and may be a better fit for small or single dog owners. Full Review

Cargo: 20.3 cubic feet
Off-road capability: 
moderate
Equipment: 
optional cargo tray, seat liner

1Honda Odyssey 5-Door Elite Touring

MINIVAN

The Honda Odyssey was built for families and their pets. It has a whopping 148.5 cubic feet of cargo space when the seats are folded down, climate control throughout the van, tinted rear windows to keep pets and children cool and additional storage space underneath the seats for Fido’s favorite toys. Not to mention, if your dog happens to shed a lot, there’s also a built-in vacuum in the trunk to keep your seats free of pet hair. Full Review

Cargo: 148.5 cubic feet with seats down
Off-road capability: 
none
Equipment: 
vacuum, fold-flat seats, underfloor compartments, tinted windows, optional pet barrier

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