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Why Pets and Pet Lovers Will Love the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

See why the extended version of the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee just made the list of the top ten vehicles for dog lovers.


Autotrader is out with its list of 10 Best Cars for Dog Lovers. Surprisingly, one perennial favorite, the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan is not on the list, but Jeep has a new entry with the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L making the grade. Every year Autotrader ranks vehicles on pet friendly traits like durable seats, rugged interior, low cargo floor, cargo tie downs and accessories.

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Builds on Pet Friendly Legacy

The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the extended version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Jeep added a third row of seats to the always popular Jeep Grand Cherokee so that growing families could grow into a vehicle similar to what they were familiar with. In fact, Jeep recently released an advertisement called “Dents” about all the family memories made in Jeep Grand Cherokees. Getting a new dog is one of the most prominently featured events in the family’s history.


In selecting the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Autotrader writes,

“With six extra inches of wheelbase and 14 cubic feet more of overall cargo room than the standard Grand Cherokee, the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is an excellent choice for owners of big dogs (or multiple small dogs). Fold down the third row of seating, and you can fit an extra-large crate in the back. Or if you have a big dog who likes to patrol all windows, your pet can move about without disturbing the headliner. The Grand Cherokee L is an extremely capable off-roader for rugged hikers and a sophisticated suburban cruiser for indoor dog show types.”

We Are a Nation of Dog Lovers

Autotrader quotes Cox Automotive’s research which says 62% of dog owners take their dog in the car at least once weekly, and 77% consider their dog when deciding which vehicle to buy. Overwhelmingly, 92% feel their dogs are family or their best friends.

Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar both have a significant number of accessories for dog owners to get to keep their pets safe and comfortable while riding in the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

Safety is also a major concern when driving both children and pets. The 2024 Jeep Grand Cherokee L was just selected by the Insurance Institute of America as a TOP SAFETY PICK+ which is the IIHS’ top safety ranking.

In alphabetical order, here are the 10 vehicles Autotrader says dogs and their owners will love.

  • 2023 Audi Q3
  • 2023 Ford Bronco Sport
  • 2023 Honda Pilot
  • 2023 Hyundai Venue
  • 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
  • 2023 Kia Soul
  • 2023 Subaru Forester
  • 2023 Tesla Model Y
  • 2023 Toyota Sienna
  • 2023 Volvo V60 Cross Country


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Mary Conway is a professional automotive journalist and has decades of experience specializing in automotive news analysis. She covered the Detroit Three for more than twenty years for the ABC affiliate, in Detroit. Her affection for the Motor City comes naturally. Her father ran a gas station while Mary was growing up, in Wisconsin.


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