How to Test Drive a Car

Car salesman handing keys to woman

Getting behind the wheel of a new car is always exciting but don’t let that get in the way of spotting potential problems. Knowing how to properly test drive a car is a pertinent part of determining if it’s right for you. We here at Pollard Used Cars know exactly how to test drive a car to expose any potential problems.

  • Size – Upon getting in the car, make sure you have plenty of room. Ensure there’s enough leg, head, and shoulder room for yourself as well as in the backseat. If you’re sitting too low or too high for your own comfort, it may be wise to consider finding a different vehicle. Keep your family’s needs in minds too. For example, a two-seater sports coupe probably isn’t going to work out well with a family of four.
  • Capability – Buying the vehicle you need should always take precedence over what you want. Drivers who work in construction will likely make better use of a truck than a compact sedan. If you’re constantly transporting animals, an SUV, minivan, or crossover will work better than a standard car as well.
  • Ride – Take the vehicle along different stretches of road at a variety of speeds to ensure the ride is comfortable. Too many bumps or the inability to climb a hill steadily could be turnoffs for many drivers.

5 Best Car Brands to Buy

Buying a car can be an overwhelming process. Where do you start? How about with the best car brands to buy based on Consumer Reports’ road test scores and reliability ratings.

Lexus

Lexus is an all-around solid choice for a car. Lexus cars drive well and are proven to be reliable. As the company continues to put more emphasis on performance, Lexus vehicles grow in popularity.

Subaru

Subaru’s are stereotyped as popular outdoor adventure mobiles. This isn’t far from accurate. But what makes Subaru a great choice for this—its standard all-wheel drive in every vehicle—also makes it a great car for winter driving.

Audi

Like Subaru, Audi is also known for its all-wheel drive. Add to that the Audi standard for classy design inside and out plus great reliability ratings and you have a well-balanced choice.

Toyota

These are known largely for their reliability. But, in recent years, Toyota vehicles have become especially fun to drive, too. A versatile lineup ensures that consumers will find their right vehicle for their lifestyle.

Mazda

Mazdas are extremely popular across the board. They’re a zippy, fun drive and score great reliability ratings. Own a Mazda and you’ll love it. Test drive a Mazda and you’ll love it.