Published On: Apr 23 2013 11:39:09 AM CDTUpdated On: Aug 20 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT
Auto website Edmunds.com used factors like crash tests, roominess, climate control and special features like tethers, pet barriers and even an in-dash cooler to keep food and medicines cold to rank the safest vehicles for pets. Here are the Top 10:
GMC Acadia -- Tri-zone climate control helps moderate temperatures in the back of the vehicle, keeping your pets plenty warm -- or cool.
Hyundai Tucson -- Its privacy glass helps block the strong rays of the sun.
Jeep Liberty -- Pet-friendly features available to consumers include an in-dash cooler to store medicine, water or pet food.
Kia Soul -- Comes with standard side curtain air bags to keep pets safe in case of a collision.
Mazda5 -- The tethers and anchors in both the second and third rows of this car can be used for a leash or to secure a pet safety seat.
Mitsubishi Outlander -- This SUV features fold-flat seating and third row seats that can be stowed away to provide more room for larger pets.
Subaru Tribeca -- This vehicle boasts five-star crash ratings, wheel-mounted auxiliary controls and a rear back-up camera.
Volvo XC70 -- This station wagon is available with a Volvo-designed pet barrier, which is supposed to remain intact during a crash.
Dodge Journey -- Available features include an in-dash cooler for storage of pet food, water or even medicines.
Ford Flex -- There's lots of legroom in the Flex, which also offers wide door openings for easy access to Fido.
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