The Best Mazda Models for Dog Owners
More than 50 percent of Americans drive with their dogs. If you’re among them, it’s important to have a vehicle that meets your pet’s needs. For starters, it’s helpful to have a car with a smooth ride, low ride height, spacious cabin, and easy-to-clean upholstery. But that doesn’t have to mean ditching your fun daily driver for a van — here’s a look at some of the most dog-friendly Mazda models on the market.
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This subcompact crossover is ideal for singles or couples with only one pup to bring along for the ride. Your furry friend can ride along in the back seat, or fold down the rear seat to give your dog 44.5 cubic feet to stretch out. Since shedding and accidents happen, the Mazda CX-3 has easy-to-clean standard cloth upholstery or available leatherette seating that won’t hold on to fur. Plus, as the seasons change, all of your passengers will enjoy rear heater ducts and air conditioning, both standard.
This small SUV boasts five seats and a spacious rear compartment, making it ideal for families with both kids and dogs, or people with multiple dogs. With the rear seats in place, it offers 30.9 cubic feet of room for Fido to stretch out. If that’s not enough room, you can fold down the rear seats for 59.6 cubic feet of space. The Mazda CX-5 also offers a ton of features that make car rides easier on dogs. It has a smooth ride and quiet interior, so road trips are less stressful for nervous pups. Thanks to its low ride height, canines both small and tall won’t struggle to get in, and its available features, like heated rear seats and rear-seat air conditioning, ensure that every car trip is a comfortable affair. Plus, its standard removable carpet floor mats make it easier to clean up muddy paw prints.
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The Mazda CX-9 is the automaker’s flagship family hauler, and it’s no surprise that it’s loaded with pet-friendly features. With seven seats, there’s more than enough room for both human and canine passengers. Fold down the third row to give your pup 38.2 cubic feet of cargo space, or flatten both backseat rows for 72.1 cubic feet of room — more than enough to accommodate a couple of crates. In addition to its spacious cabin, it’s got a smooth ride, standard tri-zone climate control, and tinted rear windows to keep the sun out of your pup’s eyes. Plus, when the weather gets chilly, short-haired breeds will love the available heated second-row seats.