Thanks to its utilitarian, easy-to-clean interior and general CUV capabilities, the 2010 Dodge Journey may now add another distinction to its list of accolades: man’s best ride for man’s best friend. During the Pet Safe Choice Awards at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show this year, both the Dodge Journey and the 2010 Chrysler Town and Country were bequeathed the Bark Buckle UP 2010 Pet Safe Choice Award for pet-friendly vehicles.
“Most people dont think about it, but in only a 35 mph accident with a 60-pound pet it becomes a 2, 700 pound projectile, ” said Bark Buckle UP founder Pet Safety Lady Christina Selter. “This will injure the pet, passengers, driver or the pet may escape the vehicle and cause a second accident or become agitated and bite the first responder that is on scene doing their job.” Thus, Bark Buckle UP considered a variety of non-traditional factors when evaluating each vehicle, including how easily a pet can navigate in, out, and around the vehicle and how pet-friendly (read: stain-resistant) the interior surfaces were.
Although the needs of pets are often similar to those of small children, the family-friendly Journey’s win with Bark Buckle UP was no fortunate accident. According to Dodge Brand President and CEO Ralph Gilles, the Journey was engineered to comfortably accommodate every member of the family – including those with four legs. Explained Gilles, “Pets are an extension of every family, and the Dodge Journeys best-in-class seating and storage solutions meet the needs of all family members from kids to pets. With features like the available integrated booster seat that accommodates children comfortably, to in-floor storage that keeps all the pet-essentials organized and easy-to-reach, the Dodge Journey makes every trip better for the entire family.
We say: congratulations Dodge on a doggone good job! (You knew it was coming, why fight it?)