Four-legged friends can travel in safety and style

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - USED CARS -

AMER­I­CAN au­to­mo­tive web­site ed­munds.com has named its top 10 pet-friendly cars.

We’re talk­ing about in­side safety here, not out­side.

The re­spected web­site has iden­ti­fied 10 SUVs, mini­vans, hatch­backs and wag­ons that of­fer the most safety and com­fort for ev­ery­one’s favourite furry friends.

‘‘Not only are th­ese ve­hi­cles safe for pets, but they also of­fer a cer­tain mea­sure of con­ve­nience for pet own­ers,’’ said Ed­munds’ War­ren Clarke.

Un­for­tu­nately, only seven of the top 10 ve­hi­cles are avail­able in Aus­tralia. They are –

Dodge Jour­ney: Avail­able features in­clude an in-dash cooler that can be used to store bev­er­ages, medicine or pet food.

Hyundai ix35: This Hyundai of­fers pri­vacy glass that helps block the strong rays of the sun.

Jeep Chero­kee: The Jeep brand of­fers spe­cialised pet travel gear, in­clud­ing crates, car­ri­ers and a ramp.

Kia Soul: The Soul comes in stan­dard style with side cur­tain airbags that can keep both the two-legged and four-legged pass- en­gers safe if there is a col­li­sion.

Mit­subishi Out­lander: The SUV also boasts fold-flat seat­ing and stow­able third-row seats – both of which in­crease the amount of room avail­able for larger pets.

Subaru Tribeca: Pet own­ers will ap­pre­ci­ate the Tribeca’s five- star crash test scores, steer­ing-wheel-mounted aux­il­iary con­trols and rear back-up cam­era.

Volvo XC70: The XC70 is avail­able with a Volvo-de­signed pet bar­rier, cre­ated to re­main in­tact dur­ing a col­li­sion.

Sportier han­dling: The Lexus IS 300h.

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