What To Look For When Taking A Test Drive


What To Look For When Taking A Test Drive

Do I Really Need to go for a Test Drive?

Taking a car for a test drive is a critical step in any car buying experience. After all, there’s a big difference between hearing about a vehicle and getting behind the wheel to find out firsthand.

By test driving a car you’re also able to assess its degree of drivability and roadworthiness while getting a sense of whether or not you see yourself in it long-term. 

Generally, you’ll have a dealer rep in the car with you to answer any questions, but it’s also possible to take your potential new ride for a spin on your own. First, you’ll need to head over to the dealership, give them your license/ insurance info, and receive your equipment demonstration. You can set an appointment by visiting our website inventory and finding a vehicle that interests you, then clicking on schedule a test drive.

After these preliminaries are complete, you’ll be behind the wheel. Why not take a do-it yourself approach and head out solo? Once you do you’ll need to be able to answer one key question: What should I look for on my car test drive?

What to Look for During a Test Drive

  • Check-listed Items. You should never go walking into a test drive blind. Having a check-list handy makes sure you never will. Your list can be either mental or literal, so long as it includes all the things you should be looking for. If you’re not sure what these are, there are a number of checklists that can be printed out from online sources to give you an idea. 
  • How Comfortable the Interior is. According to Statista.com, 47% of car buyers rank high driving comfort as being among the most important car-buying factors. As a result, you’ll want to make sure that the vehicle you’re test driving offers plenty of legroom, tech options, and luxury (if desired).
  • Shifting Capability. Whether manual or automatic, you’ll want to find out if your tester shifts smoothly. So if you’re driving a manual ask yourself how heavy the clutch is and how easy the gears are to shift into. If it’s an automatic take it on a hill to determine how easily it upshifts/ downshifts.
  • Tech Options. As technology and electronic apps are continually making our lives more convenient, you’ll want to know which ones your potential new vehicle comes with (or supports). For instance, is there Bluetooth® compatibility? Streaming audio compatibility? An LCD display screen? These are just a few of the questions you may choose to ask.
  • Comparable Driving Options. You may really like (or love) the car you’ve just test driven, but feel free to check out the similar vehicle options (called trims) that make up the line of that particular model. One example would be upgrading from a Hyundai Tucson SE to a Hyundai Tucson Limited in order to get the benefit of leather seating. Often times there are also packages that can be added (on top of) to your initial upgrade to make it even more desirable. In the case of the Hyundai Tucson Limited it would be the available Ultimate Package.

Test Drive the 2018 Outback at Subaru of Auburn Today

Did you know that Subaru has received more independent-arbiter endorsements for quality and safety than just about any other manufacturer (according to Fortune.com)? So if you’re car buying in Seattle-Tacoma and would like an alternative by which to measure a recent test drive, we invite you to come in and drive an Outback today. The 2018 Subaru Outback gets:

  • Up to 32 HWY/ 25 City MPG*

      Comes standard with:

  • Reclining 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks for more space
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle (most trims)
  • Leather-trimmed upholstery (most trims)
  • 20+ security features
  • A power-tilt/ sliding moonroof that comes either standard or optional in most trims

And much more.

*** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

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