- Is it easy to get in and out of the new car without stooping or banging your head?
- Does your body type match the pedal positions? If not, are the pedals adjustable?
- Is the seat comfortable? Is it easily adjustable? Is there a lumbar support adjustment?
- Is there enough room for your head, hips and legs? Remember to sit in the backseat to test it too.
- Are the gauges and controls easy to read and use?
- How is the visibility? Check the rearview mirror and side mirrors and look for potential blind spots.
- Check the trunk space and cargo area. Is the vehicle easy to load? Is there a pass-through in the trunk opening for long items?
- When you do hit the open road, avoid taking phone calls and keep the radio off -- the test-drive demands your undivided attention. Pay particular attention to the car engine. Is it running smoothly? Do you hear pings or knocks? If so, those are deal-breakers.
Why a Test Drive Means Sitting in the Backseat Too
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