Pedigree chum: Mazda CX-5 wins ‘Best Car for Dog Owners’ award

Dog owners Mazda CX-5 Auto Trader

Mazda has won one of the quirkier gongs at the Auto Trader awards, taking the ‘Best Car for Dog Owners’ title. The trophy goes to the CX-5 SUV.

What makes the CX-5 a dog lover’s dream? Well, owners praised its practicality and quality, as well as features tailored to dog-owning drivers.

These include the official Mazda dog guard, which is a £183 option. A boot mat and bumper protector, so your four-legged friend doesn’t inflict any damage to the bodywork, is also available for £52.

Dog owners Mazda CX-5 Auto Trader

Owners also praised the CX-5’s driving dynamics, as well as its safety in general.

Meanwhile, the Mazda MX-5 RF picked up the ‘Most Loved Car’ award – a fine achievement in its 30th anniversary year.

“Mazda should be particularly proud taking home two awards,” commented Auto Trader editorial director, Erin Baker.

“Lots of us have emotional connections with cars; they’re more than just a way of getting from A to B. The Mazda MX-5 RF is loved for a whole host of reasons, not least because of the way it drives and how it looks.

“While for dog owners, space and how easy it is to make use of that space is crucial, and owners were quick to point out the CX-5’s comfort.”

Dog owners Mazda CX-5 Auto Trader

The Auto Trader awards are decided by 63,000 car owners, who give feedback on their experiences.

The owners are asked to consider 16 key parameters, as well as overall satisfaction with their car.