There is a lot to consider it comes to buying a car that is safe and comfortable for your family AND your dog. It needs to have enough space to make sure that every trip is a happy one for you, the driver, as well as other family members and your pet. Yet, you also want to make sure you’re choosing a vehicle that will keep everyone safe.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the following cars are among the best cars for dog owners:

2017 Honda CR-V
2018 Subaru Forester
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
2017 Land Rover Range Rover
2018 Ford Flex
2017 Kia Soul
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2017 GMC Sierra Denali Crew Cab
2017 Jeep Renegade
2017 Toyota 4Runner
Used Honda Element

Here are some things to consider when shopping for a car that’s suitable for transporting a dog:

  1.  Safety

Just like you would yourself, or a child, you need to keep your dog restrained in case of a collision. A pet carrier will keep your pet restrained and safe during trips. Remember, the bigger your dog, the more space you’ll need to accommodate a bigger carrier.

  1. Comfort

Adequate climate control will help keep your pet comfortable. Tinted windows can help keep the sun off your dog. In extreme heat, failing to have adequate protection from the heat becomes a safety issue.

Consider the ride height of the car. At first glance, you might think low ride height would be more suited to smaller dogs, but it’s actually more important for big dogs, especially older ones. Imagine having to lift a large dog in and out of your car repeatedly!

  1. Cleanliness

If you travel with a dog, your car is bound to get messy. Leather or vinyl seats can be easily wiped down. Pet hair can be vacuumed away rather than sticking to upholstery. Some vehicles have an option for rubber mats, which can be a good choice when buying a car in which your dog will travel.