For those of you with extended families that include wagging tails and panting tongues, AutoNation Drive has compiled a list of the most pet-friendly cars for your traveling needs. It’s a wonderful thing to have a muscled car with miles of luxurious leather on the interior- but there’s no way that’s the car you’re driving with your fuzzy friends. If you have beloved family members that are more often messy than spotless, one of these five cars might be your solution.
- Subaru Outback
The classic go-to vehicle for taking your furry companions traveling, the 2016 Subaru Outback is a hearty SUV capable of enduring any adventure or mess. With 143.6 cubic feet of interior room, there’s more than enough space for your family and your pets. A 60/40-split fold-down rear seat with cargo-area release levers offers a spacious section for holding kennels, bags of food, or the dogs themselves, and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with X-Mode keeps your Subie safe and riding easy on rough-and-tumble roads. No matter the type of fuzzy, your family pet will adore your 2016 Subaru Outback and be happy to ride any time.
- Volvo XC70
Equally ready for weathered roads and steep trails, the 2016 Volvo XC70 is the deluxe choice for the venturing family with muddy puppies. Keep the ride smooth for your dogs, cats, and otherwise with just the touch of a button. This Volvo comes with Hill Descent Control and other stability technologies, making sure that no matter how far you drive from the city you’re always in control. There’s plenty of space in the 2016 Volvo XC70 to haul your furry family members wherever you care to go, and you’re guaranteed to have a gratifying ride.
- Toyota 4Runner
Your pets are ready for a wild trek and so is your 2016 Toyota 4Runner. You won’t think twice about letting your dog hop back into your 4Runner after a long and exhausting day in the wilderness. Whether it’s in town or out in the country, the 4Runner provides a flawless ride and cargo space to adore. TRD Bilstein high-performance shocks carry you easily over abandoned trails and city streets alike with your pets loving every moment of the ride.
- Dodge Ram 1500
While it’s more likely that your dog or cat will be riding along with you, it’s possible that your aquarium is in need of traveling as well. For those times when you need an extra-smooth ride and a vehicle that won’t rest until it’s carried you there and back in complete comfort, the 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 is your truck. The 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 has an available Active-Level Four-Corner Air Suspension which provides automatic load leveling. Even if you don’t need to worry about the comfort of more watery friends, your furry family members will be enamored with the Ram 1500’s enormous cab and powerful, velvety ride.
- Volkswagen Golf R
For both your fuzzy family members and their supplies, you’ll want an exceptional amount of cargo space. However, it’s never fun to have to sacrifice power and style for that cargo space. Fortunately, with the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R, you don’t have to make any hard decisions. The 2016 Golf R is a speedy cruiser with 60/40-split folding rear seats and an adjustable cargo floor. Its hatchback also makes the rear space easy to access for those times you need to store a kennel or a crate.
Don’t Leave Them Behind
With these pet-friendly vehicles, you can have your cake and eat it too. You can have everything you wanted in your new 2016 vehicle and haul your furry (and often muddy) family members with you wherever you go. There never has to be any tension between your dog and your car with any of these winners. Take a quick trip to your nearest AutoNation dealership location to fall in love with one of these vehicles in person.