The best vehicles for dog lovers as ranked by Autotrader

first_imgEnlarge Image Andrew Krok/Roadshow Traveling with pets isn’t the easiest task. After all, car seats are engineered and designed for humans — not dogs. However, there are certainly some vehicles more up to the task than others.Autotrader compiled what it believes are the 10 best vehicles for dog lovers based on a set of dog-friendly criteria. Each vehicle features leather seats (easier to clean dog hair), tinted windows (keeps dogs cooler), a level cargo area (sedans need not apply), a low-load cargo area, rear air vents and tie-downs in the cargo area to secure dog crates and more.Naturally, the list is full of SUVs and crossovers, which accommodate our furry friends better. Topping the list in alphabetical order is the BMW X2, followed by the Buick Regal TourX. The former has a low-load hatchback area, while the latter provides tons of open space for pups with the seats folded flat. Not to mention, the Regal TourX still drives like a traditional car and not an SUV.For larger families, the Chrysler Pacifica minivan is an obvious choice on the list. Even with a couple kids, the Pacifica will handle a couple of dogs easily. There’s even a plug-in hybrid option for those in search of something greener. As a more affordable option, the Honda Fit makes the list with a lengthy list of standard safety features and a hatch to load dogs. The seats also fold totally flat to give Fido plenty of room.Adventure seekers will likely dig the Jeep Wrangler. Not only is it incredibly capable, it’ll hold the dogs with plenty of cargo room. Mopar even offers a trick foldable dog crate to keep the pup totally secure when doing some soft-roading to a campsite, for example.Yet another eco-friendly choice is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The plug-in hybrid will go 22 miles on electric power alone and offers plenty of space, fold-flat rear seats, standard leather upholstery and rear vents to keep dogs nice and cool. The Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota RAV4 and Volvo V60 Cross Country round out the list, though a standard V60 will do just as well with the doggos, we promise.If there’s one choice we’d leave off of the list, it’s the Tesla Model 3. Foremost, it’s a sedan with a traditional trunk — not a hatchback. Understandably, it made the list for the viral Dog Mode feature that keeps pups cool in the car while the owner is away. It’s certainly a nifty addition, but overall, the other options will travel better for dogs. May we also take this moment to absolutely underscore the Model 3 is not a fully autonomous car as Autotrader incorrectly states. The Model 3 is a fine electric car, and a wonderful vehicle in general, but we’d perhaps slot the Subaru Outback in its place. It’s definitely doggo-approved with tons of cargo space.Flip through the gallery below to grab a look at the best vehicle picks for dog lovers. Review • 2:58 Our best gadgets to keep dogs safe in cars BMW Toyota Buick Jeep Subaru Mitsubishi Tesla Honda Chrysler Volvo 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy 10 Photos Share your voice Preview • 2019 Subaru Ascent review More From Roadshowcenter_img 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact Now playing: Watch this: Here are the 10 best cars for dog lovers, according to Autotrader 0 Tags Post a comment More about 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring Plus FWD Car Industry SUVs BMW Buick Honda Jeep Mitsubishi Subaru Tesla Toyota Volvo Chryslerlast_img read more

Pope Francis expels Chilean priest accused of child abuse

first_imgPope Francis meets with the Sicilian Clergy at the Cathedral of Palermo, Italy on 15 September. Photo: ReutersPope Francis on Saturday expelled a Chilean priest under investigation in a case involving the sexual abuse of children, according to a report by local media on Saturday, amid a growing global abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church.The Archdiocese of Santiago said the Pope had decided to defrock the Reverend Cristian Precht, local daily El Mercurio reported.Precht was a former head of the Church’s Vicariate of Solidarity human rights group that in the 1980s had challenged ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet to end the practice of torture in Chile.The well-known Chilean religious leader has since been accused of sexual abuse as part of the investigation into allegations against members of the Marist Brothers religious community.Precht has previously denied the charges.Pope Francis´ announcement comes as Chilean police raid church offices throughout the Andean nation looking for new cases of sexual abuse or evidence that church officials concealed abuse from authorities.The Catholic Church worldwide is reeling from crises involving sexual abuse of minors, deeply damaging confidence in the Church in Chile, but also in the United States, Australia, and Ireland where the scandal has hit hardest, and elsewhere.last_img read more