Dog lovers will be delighted to learn that Honda has designed new features for the Element SUV that cater to pets in general but more specifically the canine species. These components were conceptualised to make life a little easier for people who spend a good deal of time driving with their animals.

Systems installed include a cushioned pet bed in the cargo area with an elevated platform for comfort, a rear ventilation fan for when "rear end accidents" happen, a second row and cargo area pet restraint system and rubber floor mats for all seasons. The latter have a toy bone pattern so man's best friend can chew on them while in motion.

Other devices fitted are a spill-resistant water bowl, an extendable cargo area load-in ramp and "Dog Friendly" exterior emblems. Pet Societies seem to welcome the move by Honda.

"In-vehicle pet restraints should be part of every dog owner's safe travel practices," stated Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. "The expanded availability of manufacturer-based restraints and features can help elevate pet comfort and convenience for owners. Good ventilation and access to water on longer trips should also be primary concerns."

The Element is already a very practical vehicle. It has a chiseled exterior appearance with a versatile, comfortable and spacious interior. Power comes from a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine mated either to a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission.


Gallery: Honda Element Concept Transforms SUV into Dog-friendly Hauler

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