Do you have a canine companion that you consider a member of your family? You aren’t alone. All across the U.S., there are plenty of people who love their pet like their own child. However, car safety is a big issue when it comes to bringing Fido along with you. According to a recent survey conducted by Nissan, 90% of dog owners want a car with more dog-friendly features, so Nissan decided to pursue the obvious solution: engineering a concept car for dogs, the XTrail 4Dogs.
Some more numbers were included in the survey: 98.7% of survey respondents use their car to transport their pet, and of that number, 88.7% of them bring their dog along for the ride at least once a week. That’s a lot of dogs riding in cars on a weekly basis!
Responders tended to agree that the trunk or backseat was the best place to keep a dog during these weekly excursions, but voiced concerns about canine accessibility when it came to actually getting their beloved furry family members into the vehicle. The XTrail 4Dogs concept includes a ramp to make getting in and out of the trunk easier than ever. What’s more is that the trunk can easily fit not one, but two dogs with plenty of space leftover, and even includes a shower, dryer, no-spill water bowl, treat dispenser, and more.
Unfortunately, Nissan’s car for dogs isn’t making its way to the mainstream market, but we at 171 Nissan think it’s a good way to spread awareness for dog safety in your car.
Finding the perfect vehicle for your family can be difficult, especially if you want a family-oriented vehicle that can keep up with your family’s active lifestyle. If you are having difficulty finding that ideal vehicle, then your search is over—the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder is just the midsize SUV for you! Recently named one of the KBB.com 15 Best Family Cars of 2015, the Pathfinder combines roominess, refinement, and technology to create the perfect atmosphere for your family.
“Completely redesigned just two years ago, 2015 Pathfinder retains its core values of fun, utility, and fresh style while also adding a number of exciting enhancements beneficial for the whole family,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president and Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. He says, “With plenty of cargo space and interior room, and a smooth ride with solid handling, the 2015 Pathfinder is a classic ‘family-first’ vehicle, and we’re elated to once again be included among Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars.”
The Pathfinder is perfect for families with a variety of enhancements for the 2015 model year, including available Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. It even has a Family Entertainment Package, which includes a variety of family-oriented technologies for the whole family.
If you are interested in learning more about the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder, bring your family in to 171 Nissan today and give the midsize SUV a test drive![Top]
This week, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) released its 12 Best Family Cars of 2014, a list of the 12 cars that, after extensive research, KBB felt were most suited to families on the road. In an exhilarating victory, Nissan claimed a quarter of the top spots. The Rogue, Altima, and Pathfinder all made the final cut.
To select the top 12, Kelley Blue Book editors decided on 21 top contenders, based on vehicles that had earned top ranks in the website’s Expert Ratings in several different family-friendly categories. Some of these categories included room for child seats, cargo space, comfort, safety, rear-seat entertainment, and driving performance.
After the editors had narrowed down the options to the top 21, they turned to actual families for feedback; thus, the winners have been tried and tested not just by editors but by the people who truly use them for family needs.
“Each of these vehicles was designed to fit the needs of a wide range of customers and situations, while also being family-friendly,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “From Pathfinder’s more conventional family profile to Rogue’s wealth of amenities and clever cargo solutions to Altima’s ideal fusion of sportiness and practicality, the mainstream appeal of these vehicles’ designs has been borne out in robust sales numbers and third-party accolades such as these most recent awards from KBB.com.”
To see a complete list of winners, visit KBB.com.[Top]