A recent Autotrader survey shows that 85% of dog owners think about driving with their dogs when considering which vehicle to buy. The same survey shows that 68% of dog owners take their dogs on a drive at least once a week. If you notice, many of the times you see a 2022 Jeep Wrangler, there is a dog in the vehicle. Autotrader recently released its list of the 10 best cars for dog lovers and the Jeep Wrangler is definitely on it.
“Jeep Wrangler is probably the perfect vehicle for adventure-seeking dog owners,” said Brian Moody, editor of Autotrader. “In addition to its off-road capability, Jeep offers tons of great accessories, like a soft box and other items, that make it safe and easy to ride with your four-legged best friend.”
Autotrader ranks vehicles based on:
- Durable seats – Vinyl, leather and faux leather are the preferred seating materials for dog lovers, thanks to their durability and ease of cleaning.
- Low cargo floor – Even a large dog can be intimidated by a high cargo floor. A low floor makes a vehicle accessible to small dogs and people with mobility impairments.
- Rugged Interior – Even the best dogs can accidentally cause damage to delicate surfaces. A rough and clear interior can better withstand dog nails (and slush).
- Accessories – Several manufacturers include dog accessories, such as pet screens, in their catalogs. The aftermarket also provides great harnesses, kennels and other pet travel essentials. Some are universal, others are model specific.
- Cargo Tie Downs — Pet car accessories are much safer when you use cargo tie down hooks.
2022 Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler seems to check all the boxes. This is the fourth time Wrangler has made the AutoTrader list. The 2022 Jeep Wrangler makes it easy to take man’s (or woman’s) best friend on the road or on the trail. The interior is ready for any dirt or grime. All-weather floors and rear cargo mats protect the interior from mud, dirt and all the mess a dog can make. Dogs and their owners can enjoy one of Jeep’s latest upgrades. Wrangler has added a 4x PHEV version. Not only does it save gas, but the Jeep Wrangler 4xe allows the Jeep to operate in almost complete silence.
Other Stellantis vehicles on the list
The list of 10 best cars for dog lovers also includes two other Stellantis vehicles. The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica also makes the list for the fourth time. Ram ProMaster City makes the roundup for the very first time.
2022 Chrysler Pacifica minivan
As a four-time award winner, the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica includes great amenities whether the driver is transporting children or pets. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the only plug-in hybrid in the segment, offers an all-electric range of more than 30 miles, more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent and a total range of more than 500 miles. When traveling with furry family members, the second and third row seats can be folded flat with the industry-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seat. Pacifica has plenty of room for dog kennels or room to roam when the vehicle is parked. Additional dog-friendly features include the available Stow ‘n Vac system, which is built-in, for quick and easy cleaning. My favorite accessory is the FamCAM interior camera, which allows the driver to see rear passengers. The camera can even zoom in on canine passengers to make sure they’re okay.
“Minis make great dog- and people-friendly transportation, but the Pacifica is attractive and has the option of a built-in vacuum to keep pet hair from building up,” Moody said. “The Stow ‘n Go seat is also useful for bringing dog toys and snacks on a road trip.”
Frame ProMaster City
The 2022 Ram ProMaster City joins the annual dog lover’s vehicle list for the first time. The compact van’s dog-friendly features include a low floor for easy entry and exit. It also has comfortable seating and a second-row bench that folds and folds forward. The spacious cargo area behind the second row is easily accessible via double sliding doors. The small van has D-rings to secure suitcases or anything else a puppy owner might need.
“The Ram ProMaster City may seem like an odd choice for a dog-friendly car, but you can’t mess with the features,” Moody said. “The low cargo floor and array of accessories and configurations make the ProMaster City a surprising but competent dog-friendly rider.”
Targeting the pet-friendly crowd, Mopar has designed a number of accessories for our furry friends. Mopar offers lightweight houses for pets, as well as all-weather floor mats and cargo mats to protect a vehicle’s interior.
Mary Conway is a professional automotive journalist with decades of experience specializing in automotive news analysis. She covered the Detroit Three for more than twenty years for the ABC affiliate, in Detroit. Her affection for the Motor City comes naturally. Her father ran a gas station while Mary was growing up, in Wisconsin.
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