Best new cars for dog owners, according to Autotrader – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Every dog has its day, and that day is today — the 11th annual National Dog Day.

Of the many characteristics shared by man and mongrel — a predilection for lying on the couch, an aversion to leafy greens and doctors — the one that most unites us may be the joy of going for a drive.

More than half of the 54 million American dog owners consider buying a vehicle based on its ability to accommodate man’s best friend, according to Autotrader.

For the second year in a row, the car-shopping site has put together a list of the nine best new cars for dogs.

Like most lists, Autotrader attempts to be objective with its subjectivity.

“The cars on our list provide key features for pet owners, such as fold-flat rear seats, rear lift gate, low ride height, airy cabin and under-floor storage,” Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader, said in a statement.

A low ride height, which is ideal for smaller and older dogs, must’ve precluded pickups from the list. Rear climate control was also considered in the new car list, which does not repeat one recommendation from last year. All vehicles except the Mazda3 were redesigned for 2015.

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