Toyota RAV4 Featured as One of the Best SUVs for Dog Lovers

These days, wherever we orienteers go, our furry fellow travelers follow. But all but gone are the days where the old hound-dog hopped up in the cab or bed, and then down the road, you went. With more new cars, trucks, and SUVs, and even late-model used and certified used vehicles, offering modern technologies and amenities galore, more drivers are looking to get them for their barking best friends, too.

The new Toyota RAV4 has plenty, having just been completely redesigned for the 2019 model year, and in fact, the SUV experts of Autotrader have just named it to their "Best Cars for Dog Lovers" list. Here are a few reasons for that, interspersed with some qualifications from our own pupper pros here at DCH Toyota City.

  • For one, Toyota RAV4 comes built on the New Global Architecture platform. That means it has a longer and wider stance as well as a more durable core. In short, handling's more responsive, the ride's a lot smoother and more confident, and with options like available Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive (TV-AWD), stability's assured thanks to optimized traction. In short: the road to Yonkers will be a lot less bumpy for you and your woofing wingman.
  • The TNGA platform also simultaneously creates a more naturally roomy interior, as does a folding rear seat, which provides up to 69.8 cubic feet of room in the hold when collapsed. That means plenty of space for dogs and overnight or long-ride perks like crates and beds alike, and it's accessible easily via an available hands-free power liftgate.
  • Tinted glass, rear air vents, and an optional panoramic glass roof can help keep the cabin cool when the haul to New Rochelle heats up. (Fun fact: dogs regulate their body temperatures via panting, and by releasing heat through their paws, so they can sometimes use a little extra help like this.)
  • Safety-harnessing all that ploof in a seat? Check out the Toyota RAV4 Adventure trim. It's got synthetic leather surface available, which are a breeze to clean, and features like all-weather floor liners and a cargo liner help make things even easier. Of course, if belly rub-level comfort's what you're looking for, heated rear outboard seats are also available for warmth on chillier White Plains outings.
  • Advanced safety features like Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 and the Toyota Star Safety System come standard, while a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert are options. Together, they can help you stay in-lane, at safe distances from other traffic around Rye, and on course, steer clear of accidents near Port Chester, and deliver dependable stopping power when you need it. Bring eight airbags into the mix, and you can both enjoy the whole treat-bag worth of peace of mind.
  • Finally, Toyota RAV4 is customizable for a canine co-pilot's discriminating tastes. Plenty of compatible aftermarket accessories, such as steps, ramps, and the like, are available practically everywhere to make the ride more enjoyable.

Eager to see what a new 2019 Toyota RAV4 can do for you and the pooch? You can call or both visit us here at DCH Toyota City, 1305 East Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck, to schedule some time behind the wheel. We'll be glad to introduce you!