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Greater Vancouver is a dog oasis. While the downtown crowd may be known for those little toy/purse pups, many of you prefer the larger set companions, especially when you consider the bounty of rural land and local off-leash dog parks, including a great one right by our dealership.
As a large down owner, you may have the house and yard space to accommodate your four legged friend, but many often find that as they grow, current vehicle space no longer cuts it. That's probably why you searched for the information and stumbled upon this article today. Well, you've come to the right place. Our dealership is loaded with canine lovers, and together we enthusiastically combined to deliver our picks for the best vehicles for you, and your big pooch.
3 Top Toyota Vehicles for Large Dog Owners
2018 Toyota Tundra
This full size truck was designed and assembled in America, in the states of Arizona, California and Texas, places that appreciate the need to accommodate life as a large dog owner.
Available on SR5, Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition of the Tundra CrewMax are two full-size front doors and two full-size rear doors and standard bench seats with fold-down center console and available front bucket seats. Whether your dog sits up front with you, in the back seat, or both, you've got room. The 5.5-foot bed length has room for large carriers while the easy lower and lift tailgate makes hopping in and out a breeze when you're camped out together on the weekend.
If you opt for the Tundra Double Cab, the SR, SR5 and Limited feature two full-size front doors, two forward-hinged rear doors, 6.5-ft or 8.1-ft bed lengths, standard bench seats with fold-down center console, available front bucket seats, and also have easy lower and lift tailgates. All of this is more than accommodating to your needs as a large dog owner.
For those of you bringing a full grown Fido along on your outdoor adventures, you may want to consider the Tundra TRD Off-Road Package which features 4WD active traction control and Bilstein shocks to ease the impact felt by your dog when navigating over tough terrain. View more on the new Tundra.
2018 Toyota 4Runner
The rugged body-on-frame construction of the spacious 4Runner provides you and your companion with comfort on the long and bumpy haul. Features such as the lever-type transfer case and the available dial-type transfer case (SR5 /Limited) accentuate the fact further, as do locking rear differential, multi-terrain select, and crawl control.
If your big dog gets excited about heading out on the road then you will both appreciate the Smart Key System. When you approach the Limited grade, with the Smart Key in your pocket, the interior will illuminate which will let your big pup know it's time for action. You can train your dog to touch the handle, which will automatically open the doors and rear lift gate, letting her/him hop in and claim their rightful spot in the roomy (7-passenger / 88 cubic feet of cargo) vehicle. View more on the new 4Runner.
2018 Toyota Highlander
This 8-passenger SUV makes the most sense for big families that count a canine among them. If your household is known for its road trips, your hefty hound may prefer the comforts of a spacious trailer. Thanks to available 3.5-liter V6 direct-injection engine, the Highlander affords you an impressive 5000 lb towing capacity, which allows you to hitch a comfy trailer for your big dog in the back with ease. But for the most part, your dog will probably be inside with you, which is why you may want to request the available panoramic moonroof - a whole new way for he/she to feel the breeze.
Then there's the BluRay entertainment system complete with a 9-inch screen. Now bear with us, it's not as funny of a "dog feature" as you may think. Large herding breed dogs, which are highly motivated by moving objects, are actually known to intently watch dogs and other animals on TV. So you may want to keep Turner & Hooch, Beethoven, and K-9 on steady rotation. Just avoid Old Yeller, it doesn't end well.
View more on the new Highlander.