Whether you’ve got a humongous fluff-monster (Newfoundland) or a big, four-legged crybaby (Mastiff), finding a quality SUV large enough to keep you and your giant dog happy is no walk in the park. After all, you need something more than a dog-friendly SUV – you need that dog-friendly SUV supersized™. Take it from my friend, Duke, and his marmalade-colored Great Dane, Tiddliwinks. Duke and Tiddli take road trips seemingly every weekend—a tradition the dynamic duo began in 2014. Over the years, they’ve test-driven dozens of vehicles, from cozy compact cars fit for children to large yet uncomfortable cargo vans. So, if anyone knows what SUV is best for large dogs, it’s Duke (and Tiddliwinks, if he could talk). Here are their recommended Tiddliwinks-approved vehicles of 2020.
2020 Chevrolet Suburban – Full-Size SUV
The new Chevrolet Suburban is primetime when it comes to SUVs that are ideal for large breed dogs.
Its power-fold-flat back row…well, it folds entirely flat, and its power-release middle row follows suit, creating a perfect 121.7-cubic-foot living space for even the biggest dog. With its 35-inch ground-to-floor clearance, the Suburban is also a great option for giant, elderly dogs. You can even package the Chevy Suburban with all-weather floor liners to protect the seatbacks from drool, claws, piddles, and whatever other shenanigans your dog gets into.
The 2020 Suburban is also equipped with a handful of essential tools for large-dog owners. For instance, owners of Newfies may have difficulty reversing or checking blind spots – because when Newfoundland dogs want to stand up and peer out the window, good luck looking through all their hair – which can obviously be a safety concern. Features like Rear Park Assist, Rear Vision Camera, and Side Blind Zone Alert help reduce or even eliminate those safety concerns.
Add on tri-zone automatic climate control to keep the furball cool in the summer.
View our inventory of 2020 Chevy Suburban SUVs for sale near Kansas City.
2019 Chevrolet Blazer – Sporty Midsize SUV
You’ve got places to be, things to do, trails to hike. Sporty yet roomy enough for a large breed canine or two, the all-new Chevy Blazer is the dog-friendly SUV to keep everyone chugging along.
Its cabin is highlighted by a cavernous 64.2-cubic-foot cargo area. Simply fold the back seats down, and you’re in business. Second-row seats can even slide forward nearly 6 full inches, providing your dog a bit of sitting room for those quick trips to the lake or dog park. (When not in use, the back can be utilized for actual storage thanks to the Chevrolet-first Cargo Management System, which works in tandem with Chevy’s Flexible Cargo Partition and Horizontal Cargo Net.)
HD Surround Vision works like the Rear Park Assist and Rear Vision Camera on the Suburban: it provides a bird’s-eye view around your Blazer, so you won’t have to worry about a wall of fur impeding your vision. Dual-zone climate controls and two rear vents also come in select Blazer trims.
Check out how many new Chevy Blazers we have for sale in Olathe.
2020 Chevrolet Equinox – Small SUV Crossover
Recognized as one of the most dependable 2-row SUVs in the country, the Chevy Equinox is certifiably a whole-family vehicle.
Featuring a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, the new 2020 Equinox offers a generous 63.9 cubic feet of dog-lounging space. Best of all, underneath the floor is a hidden storage compartment—perfect for dog water bowls, food, and toys. Standard rear cargo hooks are excellent safety devices; simply latch your dog’s harness onto a hook and get moving. Opt for the available Cargo Package to add retractable rear shades and cargo nets that can be stored when not in use.
The Equinox’s panoramic power sunroof is an excellent feature for large dogs who dream of outer space and seek answers to existential questions about life. And, like the Blazer, the 2020 Chevy Equinox also comes with dual-zone automatic climate, HD Surround Vision, and Rear Park Assist.
You can even purchase OEM Chevy accessories to keep your seats protected. Ask our Olathe Chevrolet Parts Department for advice or to place an order for authentic accessories, including Jet Black All-Weather Cargo Liners, rear seat covers, and hitch-mounted cargo boxes.
View our selection of 2020 Chevy Equinox SUVs for sale in Olathe.
Best Features to Look for When Buying an SUV
In addition to the 3 recommended SUVs above, here are some other features to keep an eye on when you search for a new vehicle that’ll accommodate your large breed dog.
- Smart rear liftgate – Look for hands-free liftgates that have low ground-to-floor clearance.
- Fold-flat seats – If the seats don’t fold flat, your dog will have a difficult time finding a comfortable spot to rest.
- Rear cargo hooks – When hooking your dog up to a harness, these hooks provide an extra layer of safety in the event of a crash.
- Barriers – Find a way to quarantine your big dog in the back; dog barriers can be purchased separately, though some SUVs have built-in systems that work well.
- Rear climate control – You’ll need this essential SUV feature to keep your dog from overheating.
- Underfloor compartments – For added versatility, look for an SUV that has a trunk underneath its cargo area.
From Duke, Tiddliwinks, and everyone at our Olathe Chevy dealership, we wish you good luck on your search for an SUV built for giant breed dogs. If you need help, McCarthy Chevrolet is here for you. Contact our Chevy sales team at 913-324-7200 for suggestions or a quote on an Equinox, Blazer, Suburban, or any of our other new Chevrolet crossovers. We’re located at 675 N Rawhide Drive in Olathe, KS.
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