As “Cash for Clunkers” nears the end of the road, pet people everywhere are scrambling to pick out their new wheels. Naturally, their pet’s safety and comfort are top priority. But the research is overwhelming. Does the new ride offer a pet restraint system? Check. Tri-climate control? Check. Fold-flat rear seats? Check. Treat holders? Check.

Fortunately, and the pet-travel safety group, Bark Buckle Up narrow down the selection just in time with their Top 10 Pet-Safe Vehicles review listing the 2009 cars and trucks most highly recommended for safe pet travel. Look what made the list.

Top 10 Pet-Safe Vehicles (in alphabetical order)

  1. Dodge Journey
  2. Ford Flex
  3. GMC Acadia
  4. Hyundai Tucson
  5. Jeep Liberty
  6. Kia Borrego
  7. Mazda 5
  8. Mitsubishi Outlander
  9. Subaru Tribeca
  10. Volvo XC70

Too bad Honda didn’t unleash their latest ride in time for the “Cash for Clunkers” deadline. Pups can’t wait to get their paws on the new Dog Friendly Element that debuted at the 2009 New York Auto Show and is available this Fall. It’s got it all: pet restraint systems, a cushioned pet bed, a folding ramp, dog-pattern second-row seat covers, all-season “dog-bone” rubber floor mats, a spill-resistant water bowl, an electrical fan, a leash, collar and dog tag ready for custom engraving, and more. Hop in!


The Scoop:

For all the pup-safe features of each car and links to more info, check out the just-announced Top Ten Pet Safe Vehicles


Learn more about the Dog Friendly Element coming this Fall 2009 from Honda


Read our past tip with Car Safety Tips for Your Pup Passenger

Thank you to our Woof Report Friends Woody and Puddy for the photo.