Very few cars can stand up to the rigorous demands of hauling your canine best friend around every day. However, some vehicles are designed for an active lifestyle, especially when it comes to interiors. There are even electric vehicles with special features designed specifically for dog owners. For example, Tesla’s Dog Mode ensures that your dog is safe while spending time alone in your vehicle. EV trucks and their overall rugged construction are also great alternatives for dog owners.
1. Tesla Model X
The Model X is an amazing vehicle for dog owners, especially with its interior dimensions and the inclusion of Dog Mode. Tesla’s Dog Mode allows the driver to select a comfortable temperature for their dog, and once the owner leaves the car, a message is displayed on the infotainment screen stating that the owner will be back soon.
This smart message also displays the current temperature inside the car, so passers-by can continue without worrying about the safety of your four-legged friend. Plus, Dog Mode is a unique feature that works in conjunction with the Tesla app, so you can adjust the vehicle’s interior temperature remotely and even control your dog via the vehicle’s on-board camera.
The Model X’s unique Falcon doors are a great way for your dog to get into the SUV because they leave plenty of room for your dog to jump out of once fully open. The Model X also has plenty of room behind the second row when you fold the seats down, allowing your furry friend to spread out and enjoy the space.
While the Model X is a great vehicle for dog owners, it’s probably a good idea to skip the Ultra White interior color option if you have a dog, as it will require daily cleaning.
2. Ford F-150 Lightning
The rugged F-150 Lightning EV truck is not only one of the best EV trucks on sale, but it’s also perfect if you have a canine best friend. The interior isn’t quite as stylish as some other EVs on the market, and that’s a good thing. The Lightning is equipped with the perfect durable interior for your pet, no matter how big.
There’s also tons of space in the back seat for your dog, which is a bonus for owners of larger breeds. The Lightning truck bed is also a perfect place to put all of your dog’s things, including a large supply of food from the pet store.
Pickup trucks are the perfect vehicles for people with active lifestyles, especially dog owners. The F-150 also has a great secret weapon: the frunk. The frunk of the F-150 Lightning is huge, so you’ll never run out of storage space for your dog’s stuff. If you’re planning a trip with your family, including your dog, you can pack tons of dog toys, treats, and just about anything else dog-related in the huge front storage compartment.
Electric pickup trucks are basically the perfect vehicles to haul your dog around, and the tech-packed Rivian R1T takes it one step further. The F-150 Lightning has tons of storage space for your dog’s stuff, but the Rivian has something the Lightning can’t match.
The R1T features a Gear Tunnel, and this storage compartment is the perfect place to store your dog’s gear for a long road trip. Just open the tunnel of gears and dump whatever the truck can handle.
This is especially convenient for muddy dog toys that you definitely don’t want hanging in your Rivian’s beautiful interior. The only drawback to the Rivian R1T for dog owners is the truck’s gorgeous interior, which makes it less suitable for your dog than the more rugged interior of the F-150 Lightning.
Regardless, Rivian will continue to do a great job of getting you wherever you want with your dog, no matter how remote the location. Rivian’s Quad Motor AWD system is the best in the business, so if you like to explore off-road trails with your canine friend, the R1T has all the capability you’ll need.
4. Electric Hummer
The Hummer EV is another great electric vehicle that is super practical and capable of offroading. Not only this, but the Hummer EV also has plenty of space for your dog.
If you have a dog, an electric SUV with tons of storage areas and interior space is the best form of transportation. The best part of the Hummer EV is the super-durable floor, which has awesome moon patterns. This flooring is extremely durable and can withstand any dog-related mayhem!
The Hummer EV markets itself as an off-road vehicle, and it’s nice to see that it actually has practical touches like durable floor mats. In terms of storage space for all things dog-related, you’re good to go, especially if you go for the pickup version of the Hummer EV. The SUV is also huge, though, so even if you opt for that, you shouldn’t have a problem with storage.
The only downside to the Hummer EV is all the attention it draws from passersby. If you’re not someone who likes to live in the spotlight, the Hummer EV may not be the vehicle for you. It’s a huge Hummer brand electric pickup truck that can Crab Walk, so it’s definitely not for the less extroverted.
5. Tesla Model 3 RWD
Most of the vehicles mentioned on this list are very expensive, but the Model 3 RWD (while not cheap) is a more affordable option that is still great for dog lovers.
This practical sedan is quite fast and also features Tesla’s dog mode. Dog Mode is an awesome feature to have as a dog owner; it gives you peace of mind when you leave your dog in the car for a short time (because, remember, even with Dog Mode, you shouldn’t leave your dog unattended for long).
In-car camera streaming, as well as the ability to monitor the interior temperature, is a great feature. The Model 3 also has a large trunk, though the area isn’t as cavernous as some hatchbacks.
Still, it should be more than enough room for a quick trip to the pet store when your dog’s food runs out. The Model 3 RWD also boasts 272 miles of range, so road trips with your dog are affordable, especially with the confidence of Tesla’s Supercharger network.
Electric vehicles are great vehicles for dog owners
Electric vehicles are amazing vehicles for dog owners, especially electric vehicles equipped with Tesla’s Dog Mode. Thanks to the extra storage space where an engine would have been in an ICE car, plus the huge battery on board, electric vehicles offer unique advantages for dog owners.