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What is the best dog-friendly car?

Asked by Neane

I have a 2016 Ford Focus LZ Hatch which I love but the back seats are not very dog-friendly. The seats are quite high and my dog hits his back legs sometimes when jumping in. I like a small car but not too small as I have added to the pack so will be transporting two large dogs. None of the ramps I have looked at work with my Focus as the passenger door does not open wide enough. Is the Honda HRV my only option in terms of having adjustable back seats?

Answered by CarsGuide

24 Jun 2021 David Morley

If you like the idea of the Honda but don’t want such a physically large package, take a look at the Honda Jazz. Yes, it’s probably one size down from your current Focus, but its interior is very spacious for its external dimensions. It’s also the car that has probably the most versatile interior in terms of flexible seating arrangements with a rear seat that folds, slides and tumbles. It also has normal ride height (as opposed to the jacked-up stance that SUVs boast) so your dog may find it easier to jump in without hitting anything. Beyond that, you really need to visit dealerships and check for yourself that rear doors, rear seats and general layout suit your very specific canine requirements.

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