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5 Pet-Friendly Cars That Will Be Your Budget's Best Friend

Second-least-expensive pet-friendly car: Dodge Journey
Base price: $18,995

This midsized crossover SUV makes the list mostly on the strength of its built-in cooler, which can store food or cold drinks for you and your pet.

Clarke says the Journey is also "a larger vehicle with fairly big door openings, so it's a good choice for people with big animals."

Additionally, the model's standard second-row seating and optional third-row fold flat --providing 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space for pets and supplies.

Other animal-friendly features include a separate climate zone for the Journey's rear seats, as well as lots of storage bins -- including some under the seat cushions -- to carry leashes and the like.

Clarke adds that even if you don't have pets, the Journey offers "one of the better interiors in its class. Material quality is very good and the design is fairly sophisticated."

That said, Edmunds editors consider the model's standard 173-horsepower four-cylinder engine weak. They recommend upgrading to the optional 283-horsepower V-6.

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