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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