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The Top Ten Vehicles for Pet Safety

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Do you have a doctor who always bothers you about preventive healthcare? We have a really annoying one who likes to ask us if we always use a seatbelt–“Yes”–but then he adds, “When you ride in a cab?” He thinks that’s clever. We’re thinking about that because we have to admit that we haven’t given nearly enough thought to our pets’ safety in a car. Yes, we use restraints, and crate when necessary, but we didn’t exactly give it a lot of consideration when buying our car. We’re more likely to have been charmed when a smooth salesman just mentioned he had plenty of dogs himself.   [photo via flickr]

That’s probably the mentality behind those Subaru ads that we love so much. So we’re happy to report that Subaru made the cut in the Top Ten Vehicles for Pet Safety, as compiled by Edmunds.com–which is a pretty fine site for recapping all kinds of info for auto consumers. We’re not too surprised to see mostly SUVs, minivans, and wagons on the list, but we really like the detail that Edmunds provides. The company also keeps all the vehicles priced under a reasonable $35,000. It’s not like we’re worrying about how well a Rolls Royce will take care of our animals.

Here’s a quick recap via Edmunds, but be sure to check out the full report here

  • Dodge Journey — Available features include an in-dash cooler that can be used to store beverages, medicine or pet food.
  • Ford Flex — The crossover offers ample legroom and wide door openings for your pet’s easy ingress and egress.
  • GMC Acadia — The Acadia’s tri-zone climate control helps monitor temperature in the rear of the vehicle, thus ensuring that pets secured in back aren’t exposed to extreme heat
  • Hyundai Tucson — This Hyundai offers privacy glass that helps block the strong rays of the sun.
  • Jeep Liberty — The Jeep brand offers specialized pet travel gear, including crates, carriers and a ramp.
  • Kia Soul — The Soul comes standard with side curtain airbags that can keep both two-legged and four-legged passengers safe in the event of a collision.
  • Mazda 5 — The Mazda 5 has tethers and anchors in both the second and third rows — helpful since pet safety seats need to be secured in the same way as a child’s seat.
  • 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.
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