Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” chose the 2009 Toyota Venza and the 2010 Honda Element EX as Best In Show for canine-compatible cars. According to Dr. Becker, owner of the website DogCars.com, “Our winners this year reflect a trend we hope continues.”
He is referring to the surge in vehicle designs that specifically address the needs of dog guardians, incorporating everything from ramps and dedicated safety features to pet-ready interiors and stylish accessories.
The Venza features low-ground clearance for easier dog loading, flat-folding seats, and cargo hooks for securing crates. Additional safety accessories available for purchase include waterproof seat covers, pet-restraint harnesses, and cargo area barriers.
The “Dog Friendly” Element EX likewise caters to the pet-parent crowd, with dog-pattern seat covers and floor mats, stowable ramp, and rear kennel area complete with plug-in fan and spill-resistant water bowl.
Now your dog can enjoy the inside of the car as much as the view out the windows. —Joy Schmoll