Best Small SUV, small 4×4, or small European MPV for dogs? Do Tinted Windows help much?

Currently have the use of a van and also an old MPV, and the van is vehicle of choice in the summer if the dog has to travel because it has fewer hot sun issues. So I’m wondering what people reckon is a good car, suv, or estate car (station wagon) for dogs to be in? Also, do tinted windows help much against the sun?

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5 Responses to Best Small SUV, small 4×4, or small European MPV for dogs? Do Tinted Windows help much?

  1. Annie June 25, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    Subaru forester. Best small SUV and the back seats fold down pretty flat. All wheel drive.

  2. WyrDachsie June 25, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    I have the Subaru Outback and I love it.

  3. Dog Section Regular June 25, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    My Grandma got a Subaru for her dogs, and I am looking into a small/mid-sized SUV for mine, like a Ford Edge, Honda Pilot, and I know several people who have dogs and have a Honda Element.

    Tinted windows help with sun exposure, but a dog shouldn’t be left in a car for long periods of time in the heat/sun.

  4. •Poppy• June 25, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    I also like the Subaru Forester; however, I much prefer the newer models over the older ones, and couldn’t find a newer model Forester for less than $18,000 (don’t know if price is a factor) and those had a good amount of mileage on them.

    I settled for an ’08 Ford Escape, and honestly, love it. The seats fold down flat, provided you take the headrest tops off (a hassle, but I don’t ever need them totally flat, so it doesn’t bother me) and the size and look is fantastic – gas mileage is also great.

  5. ms manners June 25, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    I have a Honda CRV, and its terrific. It has the room of an SUV but rides like a car.

    Mine has all-wheel drive.

    The small dogs fit in the backseat, with their gear in the baggage area, or the backseats lay flat if I need to take the big dogs somewhere.

    I looked at Suburus, but they are very expensive used….the Honda was reasonable, and reliable.

    Tinted windows make a HUGE difference in a warm climate. Thats the first thing I did after I bought my car.