Dog-Friendly Vue Awarded Two Positions on the DogCars.com Top Vehicle List

Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker and journalist Gina Spadafori from DogCars.com released their best not-a-large-SUV vehicle picks for dog owners. "Big sports-utility vehicles have been the dog-haulers of choice for years, along with minivans," they wrote. "But with gas prices so high, SUV sales are stalled as people look for smaller vehicles. If you can't fit your St. Bernard comfortably into a Smart Car, are there still choices for you? You bet."

The two put together a list of their favorite models that have a base price of less than $25k and offer a highway fuel economy rating of more than 25 miles per gallon. In addition to their top six picks, they also offer some recommended alternatives in each vehicle category. "These models all have rear-hatch entries, fold-flat seats and relatively roomy cargo areas. Fuel economy ratings, cargo capacity and base price are noted, as well as alternative vehicles that almost made the list and should be considered as well."

Considering both the top picks and alternative choices, the Saturn Vue occupied two spots on the list below:

  • Subaru Forester (also check out the Suzuki Forenza wagon and Volkswagen Passat wagon)
  • Pontiac Vibe and Honda Fit (also check out the Kia Rondo)
  • Scion xB (also check out the Honda Element)
  • Saturn Vue (also check out the Saturn Vue Hybrid)
  • Dodge Grand Caravan (also check out the Mazda 5)

Source: The Pet Connection

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