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I am thinking a new vehicle may be in my future next year. I take my pups to work with me, and we are full with 4 dogs in a Honda Ridgeline. I would like more of a SUV where I can have 2 rows of seats, and 2 crates in the back. For those of you who crate in the car, what size are your crates? What vehicle do you drive? How may human, and fur butts can ride?

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My Nissan Pathfinder would fit two of the SUV sized side by side crates in the back. Other SUV that might work would be Tahoe maybe. I have recently changed to a Nissan Quest van and have more than enough room for crates in the back.
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My Nissan Pathfinder would fit two of the SUV sized side by side crates in the back. Other SUV that might work would be Tahoe maybe. I have recently changed to a Nissan Quest van and have more than enough room for crates in the back.
2nd row of seats up, or down?
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Jeep Grand Cherokee, half of second row seat down, large size travel crate.

Just a note: The SUV is kind of tall and I have to basically pick him up. If I have to get a new car, I may think of a less tall crossover, maybe a Subaru Outback or Forester. Also, short of a full size SUV, like the Escalade, you may have to pull down part of the second row (unless you have the crate sideways).

[Oh, I love talking about cars. So, one of the issues is that with the crate, part of your rear view mirror is obstructed. I thought of the Subaru because of its new Eye safety system]
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Funny you should post this...! . I'm doing the same research. There are several other threads on here on same subject.

I've been comparing SUVs for safety (my teen will be driving it), size (I want to put two crates in back without losing the back seat), and cost and efficiency. I haven't actually driven any yet, but am very interested in the Kia Sorento. It get great gas mileage and has a reasonable price. The cargo area is big enough. Other vehicles I'll probably check out are: Ford Edge, Mazda CX9 and Toyota Highlander. You need at least a mid-size SUV to put in two crates and still have a back seat. Please share what you find out. I'll be interested to know.
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We have the Midwest Solutions SUV crates in our Highlander. I also know that they fit an Explorers & Navigators as my friends also have them. The fit is tight but love them!!


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Thanks All! I am going to start my test drives tomorrow. Tape measure in hand. I looked at Tahoe and Suburban, but you have to remove the third rows seats. I really want one that folds flat. I Love the Ford Explorer limited, but the third seat cup holders prohibit crates. I currently have a Honda Ridgeline, and I love it! But I really want to switch to crates for safety, and windows without doggy art!
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I've been doing the same research. My findings is too many of the mid-size SUVs are just and inch or two too narrow for two 36" SUV crates. The few I've found that are possibilities are the Chevy Traverse, Ford Flex, Acura MDX. I've not looked yet at Honda, Toyota or Kia. I have a Tahoe now because I have horses and need the towing but I too HATE that seat you have to take out. I found the Ford Expedition that we had before was much roomier than the Tahoe but the Tahoe drives nicer. More will work if you are willing to fold down all the seats. I was trying to find a vehicle where the crates would be behind the second row of seats.

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