I recently had the opportunity to test the pet friendliness of our 2017 Nissan Armada with my very car-unfriendly 4-legged bestie, Titan. Now, I’ve taken Titan on several trips before in different vehicles, with mixed results each time. However, given the comparative ease with which I was able to get him into our 2017 Kia Sorento, I figured shepherding him into the Armada would be a breeze. As it turns out, it wasn’t as easy as I expected.
Keep ‘Em Separated
In order to keep Titan in the rear where he belongs, I installed a universal cargo barrier right behind the second-row seating, with the third row folded down. The potential problem this initially presented was that the third row on the Armada doesn’t fold down completely flat, so the base of the barrier was on a slight decline. I was a little concerned the barrier wouldn’t be able to be secured correctly, but luckily the model I used had rubber feet, which were able to grip enough to adequately secure the barrier. Now I just had to get the stubborn pooch in the rear of the massive SUV.
Putting a Titan in an Armada
While securing the barrier proved to be much easier than expected, getting Titan in the rear of the Armada was a different story altogether. Despite all my calling, pleading and bargaining, the dog just would not enter the rear of the vehicle willingly. Even the offer of a few of his favorite peanut butter treats didn’t work, and eventually I had to just pick him up and place him in the rear of the Armada. Being over 6 feet tall, I was able to lift the 80-pound pup into the rear of the massive SUV fairly easily. However, with a rear bumper that’s even higher than our Sorento’s, I think shorter people might have a more difficult time getting their larger animals into the rear of the Armada without steps or a ramp.
After several daring escape attempts, a bit of wrestling and a little sweet talk, I was finally able to secure Titan in the rear of the massive Nissan. The barrier held in place despite Titan’s unhappy whines and pawing, and allowed me to bring him to the vet for a nail trimming without incident. Although the cargo barrier was functional, pet owners looking for an even more secure option might consider using a pet carrier instead. Given the large cargo area with its third row folded down, the 2017 Nissan Armada can easily accommodate a large pet carrier or kennel without the risk or worry of an aftermarket pet barrier malfunctioning. Peace of mind goes a long way when it comes to your furry friends, even if they’re of the fussiest variety. Find a 2017 Nissan Armada for sale
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