Four-legged friends can travel in safety and style
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.