A Dog’s Ride: What dog owners look for in a new vehicle.

2013-03-13T00:00:00Z A Dog’s Ride: What dog owners look for in a new vehicle.By Jim Gorzelany CTW Features nwitimes.com
March 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

If you think America is going to the dogs you’re probably right as an estimated 46.3 million U.S. households count at least one canine as a member of the family, according to the American Pet Products Association in Greenwich, Conn. What’s more, a recent survey conducted by Kelley Blue Book (KBB) in Irvine, Calif., determined that nearly 26 percent of respondents consider their pets’ needs when buying or leasing a new vehicle.

Based on survey responses, KBB suggests dog owners look for vehicles that include the following attributes:

1. Cargo Space

Find a wagon or SUV/crossover with a cargo area that can hold a dog kennel and has sufficient tie-down points.

2. Durable Interior.

Look for a model that has durable seat materials that are stain resistant and can withstand paw punishment.

3. Easy Access

Picking a vehicle that has a low step-in height is important for smaller or older dogs that may have trouble jumping into taller models.

4. Quiet Cabin

High-strung dogs will appreciate a passenger compartment with low-decibel road noise intrusion.

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