Honda Element Says 'Bow Wow Wow Yippie Yo Yippie Yay'

April 8, 2009

Honda today kept things fun in New York, announcing Dog Friendly components fitted to its 2009 Element small SUV. Changes were made to a 2009 Element in order to make it a safer place for you pooch as well as lessening the chances of you colliding with your canine in the cabin.

Honda Dog Friendly Element

Honda Dog Friendly Element

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The Dog Friendly™ components were designed specifically for the Element, they say, and "demonstrate the potential for a dedicated pet restraint system designed to meet the needs of dog owners." A production version of the Dog Friendly Element is slated for this fall.

Honda Dog Friendly Element

Honda Dog Friendly Element

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Major features of the Dog Friendly Element include:

  • a cushioned pet bed in the cargo area with an elevated platform
  • second row and cargo area pet restraint systems
  • an extendable cargo area load-in ramp
  • a 12V DC rear ventilation fan
  • second-row seat covers with a dog pattern design (matches the bed fabric)
  • all-season rubber floor mats with a toy bone pattern
  • a spill-resistant water bowl
  • Dog Friendly exterior emblems

The Element had already been awarded Dogcars.com's "Dog Car of the Year" award in 2007 by virtue of its easy-to-clean urethane floor, flat cargo area, wide-opening side cargo doors, low lift-in height, and ready acceptance of tall items.

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