2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Dog Report

January 03, 2012


For the New Year's holiday weekend, we stayed in town but did use our 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI to take my dog Mya hiking. Every New Year's Day I like to hike up to Griffith Observatory and past that to Mt. Hollywood to get a lay of the land. Fortunately Griffith Park allows dogs on its trails so Mya was able to tag along.

It was so easy to load her up in the Jetta. I always love it when the seatbelt fasteners protrude from the seat because then it's easier to buckle in this squirming dog. On an unusually warm January day, we turned on the A/C. Unfortunately there aren't any vents in the back but the air coming from the center dash up front was able to reach her just fine.

We didn't have to bring too much of her gear this time -- just the collapsible water bowl and water bottle -- so storage space wasn't an issue.

Mya seemed comfortable enough back there. And as you can see from the photo (man, her head looks huge), she really enjoyed being able to look out the window, sitting up most of the time. Usually when traveling, she'll just lie down.

Anyway, we give the Jetta two paws up for dog hauling. Heh.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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