I have two cars, they both have a very high appetite and pallette for gasoline. Requiring both Premium and large amounts of it, you would think I had a large SUV, I dont. So the time came in this failing-economy/high-commodity country to think about parting ways with one in order to serve a better purpose. Both were terrably fun to drive at the very least. So I disposed of my least favorite of the two and went to pick out a small sub-compact with alot of room and good mpg.
So after a month of deciding and reading review after review I went and got an 08 Element. I can say this, while it's no thrill to drive it gets amazing gas mileage, I think it looks pretty sharp, (you can get them with those plastic side-panels painted!) and it has storage, oh does it have storage. The entire floor is no-stain waterproof rubber and easy to wipe out. The seats are stain proof and waterproof (with drying time of course) and the best thing, The back opens with a little tailgate that is perfectly Corgi-heighted and the entire back of the car is perfect for a dog. There is nothing a dog could damage, there are tie-downs everywhere for kennels or whatever else. The back seats fold up to the side walls leaving the space of a truck bed back there in that tiny little good mpg suv. This is the greatest Take-The-Dog-To-The-Beach vehicle I have ever seen.
Cheez-it has no problem jumping up into the car, it sits relatively low, but it can certainly handle beach-sand and many things a typical car could not, however it is no full-on SUV. The floor is non-skid for puppy-feet, I think he appreciates that alot. The doors side and back hatch all open to literally 90 degrees or more. The side opens up like a pair of french-doors so there is tons of room to get in or out, and the interior has room everywhere, and pockets for dog-bones and whatnot all over the place. It's simply great.
I came home and noticed that the Element had a #1 rating by dog-something website, cool. I did not notice that before but it certainly deserves it. It's almost like someone build a car just for dogs with places for food bowls in the back side-walls and everything. It's a rolling kennel.