Our Best Pet-Friendly SUVs Available at Nelson Toyota

By: Nelson Toyota   |   31 Aug 2023

For pet owners, your furbaby is considered part of the family. And sometimes that means packing them up in your car and hitting the road. That’s why, for some families, having a pet-friendly vehicle is a must whether they accompany you on your weekend road trips or just need you to drive out to a nature-filled environment for a round of catch! If you’re looking for a reliable vehicle the whole family will love, including your furry friend, Nelson Toyota can point you in the right direction. From rides with expansive interiors to adventure-ready features, let’s explore the best pet-friendly SUVs in our lineup.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

When it comes to accommodating your pets, the RAV4 Hybrid stands out as an excellent choice. This compact SUV provides ample cargo space, with 37.5 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats, which can be expanded to a generous 69.8 cubic feet when you fold down the rear seats. Additionally, the spacious cargo area features a wide opening, making it effortless to load and unload large dogs or bulky crates. The RAV4 Hybrid not only caters to pet owners but also proves to be budget-friendly due to its outstanding fuel efficiency, ranking among the best in its class. This means more savings that can go toward your dog's favourite treats! Furthermore, it prioritizes safety on busy roads, with standard features like adaptive cruise control, road sign recognition, and emergency braking with pedestrian detection, ensuring a secure journey even if your dog gets a bit restless.

Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner is designed with active, adventure-loving families in mind. If you intend to bring your dogs along for your outdoor escapades, the 4Runner stands out as the top SUV choice. This robust SUV provides a spacious interior, allowing your dogs in the rear to enjoy fresh air without causing disruptions to other passengers. Additionally, its sturdy, tough materials are resistant to visible wear and tear from bites and scratches, making them easy to clean and maintain.

Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna accommodates up to eight passengers, providing ample room for your furry friends. This hybrid minivan features power-sliding side doors and a power liftgate, ensuring that your dog or dogs can effortlessly hop into the vehicle. Moreover, it boasts substantial cargo space for comfortably transporting all your pets, with 101 cubic feet available behind the front row seats, 75.2 cubic feet behind the second row, and 33.5 cubic feet behind the third row. This is more than sufficient to ensure your canine companions are at ease during the journey. Additionally, you have the option to acquire extra dog covers to safeguard the Sienna's upholstery.

Tips for Safely Travelling With Pets

Certain pets, especially dogs, often require a generous amount of space, making roomy rear seats and cargo areas a must. Your canine companion not only needs ample space to relax but also necessitates enough room for transporting crates, cages, and dog beds. Equally important are safety features, including tie-down hooks that allow you to fasten a dog harness (remember, never take your dog out without one!) or secure a large crate.

If you're interested in test-driving any of these SUVs designed with pets in mind, feel free to get in touch with us at Nelson Toyota. We'll be delighted to assist you in finding the ideal SUV that your furry friend is sure to love!


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