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Top Five Pet-Friendly Vehicles

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If bringing along your pet is a priority, these automobiles are right for you

According to the pet product company Kurgo and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 80 percent of pet owners have driven with their pets in the vehicle. If bringing along your furry friend is a top priority, here are two great vehicles (recommended by and that will keep your pet comfortable and safe regardless of where you go:

GMC Acadia. With seating for up to eight and best-in-class interior space, the Acadia is sure to be comfortable even for larger pets. The available three-zone climate control ensures that your pet can stay cool even in the back, and with the OnStar system, experts can connect you to a vet or other emergency personnel in case of an accident.

Mazda5. The versatile Mazda5 has available power-sliding rear doors, a generous 27-inch opening to the rear seats and top safety ratings. Securing your pet is a breeze with the LATCH system in both the second and third rows. has some picks of its own for pet-friendly vehicles:

Honda Element. Although the Element isn't available as a new vehicle any longer, there are still plenty of these out on the road, and you can easily find a pre-owned model. With an easy-open tailgate and available "Dog Friendly" package—which includes a soft-sided crate with a built-in, spill-resistant water bowl; a cooling fan; a portable ramp; and dog-patterned floor mats and seat covers—the Element is both fun to drive and safe for your pet.

Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen. recommended the Sportwagen for its 66.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity for your pet and all his or her toys, not to mention its fantastic fuel economy. Excellent road manners, available leatherette seating surfaces (which help with all that shedding hair) and an available sunroof make this model an excellent choice. has its own suggestion: the Volvo XC90 SUV. The website give this model a "five-paw rating" in its pet-friendly vehicle list. The XC90 offers plenty of space and the top-notch safety that Volvo has become synonymous with. The XC90 also has a variety of accessories to help keep your pet safe, whether on a short trip across town or a trek across the state. Once you decide which model works best for you and your family, contact us and we'll help you get the right loan.

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