Whether you’re Mama or Papa to a 100-pound baby with shaggy fur or a 5-pound chihuahua with a wicked God complex, we guarantee there’s a vehicle out there for you both. Your job is to find it (but we’ll help, of course). Here are three of the most popular Honda models for all kinds of dogs, from extra-large to small and elderly to puppy.
The Odyssey is America’s quintessential family van — and that includes the four-legged, tail-wagging, furry family members. It’s large enough for whole soccer clubs, so there shouldn’t be an issue hauling around your Great Dane, German Shepherd, Newfoundland, or any other extra-large dog breed.
The 2021 Honda Odyssey Elite is obviously the ideal trim to choose. Not only does it include the much-beloved HondaVAC — tell dog hair to take a hike — but it also comes with Honda’s nifty multi-zone audio system. When Fido is napping in the back, you can play music through only the front speakers, so as to not bother him. Let sleeping dogs lie, literally.
Not up to spending the extra dough on a top-level trim? We feel you. In that case, you should opt for the Odyssey EX, which offers a lot of big dog-friendly features for a smaller price tag.
For instance, on those dog day afternoons in Miami, you and your hot diggity dog will love the tri-zone automatic climate control system, which includes air filtration — tell dog “smells” to take a hike — and humidity control. (Any owner of a Honda Odyssey in South Florida will tell you how helpful humidity control is, especially during the summer and fall.)
Best of all, the Odyssey is regarded as one of the smoothest rides in town. There’s little sway to and fro, even around sharp bends, and the suspension absorbs bumps with aplomb. That all means your new puppy will feel less motion sickness — tell dog puke to take a hike — with any luck.
Having been in production since 1995 (in the U.S. since 2006), the Honda CR-V is what you would call a “salty dog.” But don’t conflate that with being long in the tooth; the new CR-V, which remains one of the most popular SUVs in the country, was just redesigned to make it even better.
How does that translate to comfort for your Collie, Heeler, or Setter?
For one, CR-V’s convenient hands-free access power tailgate makes it easier for Fido to hop in and out. When your arms are full of dog toys and treats, simply flick your foot underneath the rear bumper to open the liftgate. Better yet, CR-V’s cargo floor can be programmed with a lower load height, which should benefit elderly (or clumsy) dogs. Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?
Cargo volume is another reason to choose the CR-V in Miami over other midsize or compact crossovers. In the very back, with the rear seats upright, you get up to 39.2 cu. ft. of space* — good enough for a medium-sized dog crate. Fold the back row down, and you get a flat floor that offers up to 75.8 cubic feet of room*, which is more than what’s offered by competitors like the RAV4 and CX-5.
On the safety side, CR-V puts your pup (and you, of course) first. Like all Hondas, the new CR-V comes standard with Honda Sensing, which includes driver-assistive and safety features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Road Departure Mitigation. The addition of a Blind Spot Information System is recommended if your dog is 90% fur and has a tendency to obstruct your side-view vision. Plus, when it’s raining cats and dogs out, your CR-V Touring’s rain-sensing windshield wipers will get to work (hey, it’s the little things that make a difference).
Any Terrier, French Bulldog or Dachshund would be living a life of luxury within an Accord. Providing more passenger volume than rivals like the Toyota Camry and Mazda6, the Honda Accord is clearly top dog in the midsize sedan segment. In the back row, Accord offers 55 inches of hiproom and 56.5 inches of shoulder room, which spatially translates to about 7.33 10-pound Pugs.
Carsick dogs and cars don’t match — usually. Honda Accord takes an extra step to alleviate dog queasiness by incorporating an adaptive damper system to actively control how the suspension reacts to driving and road conditions. The result is a silky smooth ride that reduces unnecessary bumps and motion. (But don’t forget to buy an Accord car seat cover, just in case.)
Additionally, you’ll love the flexible nature of Accord’s trunk space. Not only do you get a class-topping 16.7 cubic feet of cargo room, but you’ll also have access to exclusive features like cargo hooks and a sliding trunk drawer — both of which are ideal storage solutions when traveling with a dog.
To increase your dog’s level of comfort, we also suggest pushing for a Honda Accord Touring. The top trims come standard with several top-trim-only features that will keep your pup happy. Heated outboard rear seats, for one, are excellent on chilly nights. HondaLink (Remote) makes life easier, too, thanks to Remote Start; pop the A/C on before you head back home from a long day at the park, and you’ll be welcomed by a pre-cooled car.
Come. Get to know all these new Honda models at your closest South Florida Honda Dealers store! Request a quote online or contact a Honda dealership near you to schedule a test drive today. We proudly serve the entire Miami-Dade and South Florida region.
*CR-V Cargo volume based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.