Best Car for Dog Owners 2019 – Mazda CX-5

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First published: 9th May 2019
Britain has always been a nation of dog-lovers, and for the high percentage of the population that have procured themselves a pooch, it turns out the Mazda CX-5 is the car of choice. That’s why it’s been named as the 2019 winner of our Best Car for Dog Owners award.

Like all our awards, this category was decided by feedback collated from a survey of more than 60,000 car owners, all of whom rated their car in 16 key areas. That means an Auto Trader New Car Award is a real stamp of approval from people that live with the car day-in, day-out, and it makes each winner a true consumer champion.

Determined by the responses to our survey from people who said they owned a dog and used their car to transport it, the CX-5 was rated top for safety, comfort, space and how easy it is to use that space, all important factors for dog-owners. It also ranked second for durability.

Here are just a few of the comments owners made about the CX-5…
  • “I like the flexibility: there’s space for four or five passengers, or a large area for our dog.”
  • “I really like the way the car drives. For quite a large car it handles very well. It’s very easy to place on the road, and it’s also fairly quiet and comfortable. I really enjoy driving the car.”
  • “Excellent build quality and refinement of the cabin. Mazda has done a fantastic job with the interior; it’s a lovely environment to be in for long periods of time and it has a huge amount of kit.”

Our team of experts consider the CX-5 to be a fine car, too, as you can see in our expert review.

Commenting on the CX-5’s win in this category, Auto Trader’s road test editor, Ivan Aistrop, said: Our study gives a very good indicator of why the CX-5 fits the bill so perfectly for dog owners. The space in both the cabin and the boot – plus the durability of the interior – make the big Mazda the ideal place for the Labrador in your life, while the plentiful equipment, solid safety record and entertaining driving experience means there’s a lot to like for you, too.”

Even so, the CX-5 still didn’t quite make the cut in our list of the Best Cars for Dogs, as put together by our team of experts. Could one of the cars that did, or one of this year’s runners-up – the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus – beat the CX-5 to the punch in 2020?

If you’re looking for a new car and it needs to be as sound for your hound as it is for your family, you can find or configure your brand new Mazda CX-5 on Auto Trader right now.

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