With National Dog Day coming during the final weekend of the dog days of summer, Autotrader unveiled its list of the 2023 Best Cars for Dog Lovers, highlighting the best vehicles for people who have canines.

Before getting into the rundown of the 10 vehicles, Autotrader mentioned general features many of the selections have that make it easier to transport one or more four-legged family members. Features the editors deemed most important included:

Durable seats: Vinyl, leather, and faux leather are the preferred seating materials for dog lovers, thanks to their durability and easy cleaning.

Low cargo floor: A tall cargo floor can intimidate even a big dog. A low floor makes a vehicle accessible to small dogs and those with mobility issues.

Rugged interior: Even the best-behaved dogs can accidentally cause damage to delicate surfaces. A rough-and-ready interior can better stand up to dog nails (and slobber).

Accessories: Several manufacturers include dog accessories, like pet screens, in their catalogs. The aftermarket also supplies great harnesses, kennels, and other pet travel essentials. Some are universal, some model-specific.

Cargo tie-downs: Automotive pet accessories are much more secure when using cargo tie-down hooks.

With those attributes in mind, the 2023 model-year vehicles Autotrader said are “paw-fectly suited for dogs and their owners” are:

  • Audi Q3
  • Ford Bronco Sport
  • Honda Pilot
  • Hyundai Venue
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee L
  • Kia Soul
  • Subaru Forester
  • Tesla Model Y
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Volvo V60 Cross Country


For more details about those models and why Autotrader likes them, go to this website or watch the video below.