One of the primary things you need to consider when getting a vehicle is what size it should be. It may be somewhat obvious, but you will need to look for a vehicle that will fit your lifestyle, your budget, and your family. If you and your family are avid travelers and campers, you wouldn’t want a vehicle that can barely carry bags and tents, and if you only have you and your wife in your family, you don’t really need that 18-seater van. Again, this depends on your preference, because if you want that van and have the money for it, why not?
But one of the main deciding factors for the size of the vehicle you should get would be the members of your family. You want to make sure each member is safe and comfortable in your future vehicle, as they are most likely the biggest motivation for why you want to get a one anyway. It goes without saying your dog is definitely a part of the equation there, as they aren’t just pets but also members of the family. But what kind of vehicle would be best? If you were a family of five (including the dog) what would be the best pick when it comes to drives where the whole gang tags along? Here, we explore different vehicles, and their pros and cons.
The Nissan Navara is arguably one of the best pickup trucks available on the market today. Not only does it provide more than enough power to take you through almost any terrain, but you are also guaranteed a smooth ride because of its nigh-unparalleled suspension. When it comes to space, you will have a surplus if you choose this vehicle, as it can seat five inside, with a 1.8-meter truck bed at the back. The downside to choosing a pickup for your vehicle is that you will need to use a kennel for your canine companion, as their claws can damage the seats. The dog, obviously, would need to stay in the back, and if you choose not to use a kennel, there’s a possibility it would jump out at any time.
The Almera is the sedan’s representative in our list, and it also comes with its own impressive features. Being the most affordable vehicle on our list, it is definitely an attractive choice for the family, especially if you’re looking for something that doesn’t guzzle gas like a camel guzzles water after a day in the desert. It is also easily manageable, and parking space will not be an issue with its compact exterior, despite its still spacious interior. But even though it does have a lot of space compared to some other sedans, it will still be bit cramped if you were to include your canine companion in your drives. It wouldn’t be comfortable for the dog as well, as its head will possibly hit the ceiling of the car when they sit.
Being one of, if not the most anticipated vehicle released this year, the Nissan Terra sure is a beauty to behold. Though somewhat intimidating in size, you and the family will be provided with nothing but comfort when housed inside the SUV. Its spacious interior houses up to seven people, with the last row having the ability to be converted in order to make more room for some luggage, or anything else. The technology applied to this vehicle is nothing to scoff at either, with safety and comfort being the primary thrust of its design, despite its capability of taking dirt roads and similar terrain with ease. Although it is a bit of an investment, you are assured it will definitely give you your money’s worth if you choose to go with it.
And the winner is
When it comes to traveling with the family, both bipedal and quadruped, the SUV stands head and shoulders above the rest of the selections. It provides the safety and comfort you and your family need whenever traveling, whether it be a simple jaunt or a long-distance journey involving hundreds of miles, and it has more than enough space to house any luggage in the bag, as well as the dog.
You would also have the option to remove the last row of seats in order to have more space for your companion to walk around in if need be, and you can add an additional layer of matting, or even rug, to ensure the dog won’t be able to manage the vehicle’s interior. Despite the Terra claiming the victory in this selection, the Navara and Almera are also good picks, depending on the size of your family, and what you intend to use the vehicle for.