Since my beloved Honda Odyssey didn't make it through the accident, we were forced, unexpectedly, into buying a new car.
I didn't want another minivan, as Honda has redesigned the van since we bought ours, and the style is just too "mumsy" for me. I may be deluding myself, but the old Odyssey was at least a little sporty. The new one is not, and I'm feeling too much like middle-aged soccer mom to buy another minivan. So what to buy?
My rental Explorer. Loved it!
We had a Ford Explorer as our rental car, and I loved it. Loved how it drove, loved the styling, especially loved the touch screen controls. I thought maybe we'd just buy one of those. Then I realized that, with the back seat up, I could barely fit 2 small crates in the back. With my larger (24"x 36") crate - I could only fit one crate in the back. No way. A car that size should fit much more in the back, so the hunt was on.
We test drove and measured the behind-the-back-seat-area of:
- The Ford Flex (43" long x 40" wide)
- The Subaru Outback (42.5" long x 33" wide) - with slopey back window
- The Volvo Wagon (43" wide x 44.4" wide)
We were all set to buy a Volvo Wagon, when we found the Honda Pilot. It combines good Consumer Reports ratings, decent gas mileage, adequate sportiness, and a dog-friendly rear storage.
Here's a picture of the one we test drove -
on the left is a 30"x19" crate
on the right is a 24"x36" crate.
So here she is. Awaiting dog hair.
Ziggy got to be the first canine passenger.
I think he likes being able to see the driver from his crate.
And here he is in the 30"x19" crate.
Plenty of room for his wheels, too.
I added pieces of 3 rubber mats under the front of the crate to keep it level.
So far we love the Pilot. Now I need to find a dog show or clinic to attend so I can really put her cargo space to the test.