Top Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker and Dogcars.Com Pick the Most Economical Dog-Friendly Vehicles

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DogCars.com, the only automotive resource for dog-lovers, picks its "Top 5 at 25" -- five vehicles that offer a fuel-efficiency rating of around 25 mpg and have a base price less than $25,000. All the chosen vehicles are perfect for dog-lovers on a budget. All the picks have been "vetted" by Dr. Marty Becker, popular veterinarian for ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" and pet-care columnist for Universal Press Syndicate.

We want no dogs left behind, so we did the research and came up the best vehicles for the job.

Gas prices got you howling at the moon? DogCars.com, the only auto resource just for dog-lovers, may have the answer with its list of the top five DogCars with good fuel efficiency (25 mpg or better) and a relatively low price tag (under $25,000).

It's called the DogCars.com "Top 5 at 25."

The list, which actually includes six DogCars because of a tie, looks at the factors that make a vehicle a champion when it comes to moving our furry family members. A DogCars.com review team led by best-selling author Dr. Marty Becker, ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" veterinarian and the Universal Press Syndicate pet-care columnist, put together the list after considering all the 2008 model year vehicles that fit the criteria.

"Many dog-loving families are facing the financial reality of having to choose between taking their pets with them on the road, or leaving them home to take a smaller, cheaper vehicle," said Dr. Becker. "We want no dogs left behind, so we did the research and came up the best vehicles for the job."

The DogCars "Top 5 at 25" picks have:

  • Fold-flat seats.
  • Lots of usable cargo space, relative to the size of the vehicle.
  • Wide, square hatchbacks, with as little rear slope as possible, to maximize cargo space and make loading dogs easier.
  • Door/window locks, so the dog can't accidentally unlock a door or roll down a window.
  • All-wheel or four-wheel-drive a bonus, since many dog-lovers also love outdoor activities.

The "Top 5 at 25" list (with alternate selections) includes:

  • Subaru Forester (20/26 mpg, $19,995); alternate: Suzuki Forenza and Volkswagen Passat wagons.
  • Pontiac Vibe (26/33 mpg; $15,895) and the Honda Fit (28/34 mpg, $13,950); alternate: Toyota Matrix and Kia Rondo.
  • Scion xB (22/28 mpg; $15,650): alternate: Honda Element.
  • Saturn Vue crossover (19/26 mpg, $22,150); alternate: Saturn Vue hybrid.
  • Dodge Grand Caravan (17/24 mpg; $23,290); alternate: Mazda 5 crossover.

Complete information on the "Top 5 at 25" list is at DogCars.com.

DogCars.com is affiliated with PetConnection.com, a pet-lover's destination site that provides free pet care information and a free monthly e-mail newsletter. DogCars.com and PetConnection.com share a monthly grand prize drawing for $1,000 in free pet supplies. Pet-lovers can sign up for the prize drawing from either Web site.

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