Toyota Test Drive Checklist

Toyota Test Drive Checklist

Things to Focus on When Taking a Toyota Test Drive


The Importance of Knowing What to Look For During a Test Drive

If you’re a Tracy, California driver in the market for a new or pre-owned Toyota, the best way to find the perfect fit is by way of a test drive. Not exactly breaking news, we understand. But, there is a lot to check and consider, some of which can easily get overlooked without a checklist.

A lot goes into the design of cars these days. From state-of-the-art technology to innovative engine design and interior convenience, it’s important to leave no stone unturned. At Tracy Toyota, we will keep you ahead of the curve by helping out with things to look for when test driving a car. We understand that what may be ideal for one driver may not be the same for another.

To get those wheels in motion with a test drive, schedule your appointment today with the Toyota dealership preferred by more drivers. But, first, check out these next few sections for a few good suggestions on things to check out during a test drive.

Performance Ability

One of the easiest things to gather from a test drive is how the Toyota vehicle performs when the foot hits the gas pedal. At Tracy Toyota, we believe the most productive and well-rounded test drives need to include a variety of scenarios. In addition to how the power of that 2022 Toyota suits your personal taste, find out what it’s capable of overall. Here are a few checklist suggestions worth paying attention to:

  • How does the car accelerate; too fast, too slow or just right?
  • Even if you rarely need high speeds of travel, get a feel for how it suits you moving at interstate or highway speeds
  • How comfortable are you with the power steering wheel at a variety of different speeds?

Driver-Assist and other Safety Features

One of the most important things to investigate before buying a car is with regard to safety. Educate yourself on packages like Toyota Safety Sense and find out what driver-assist features are included or at least available.

Be sure to check out your surroundings when driving. For example, if you find yourself faced with blind spots during the test drive, blind spot monitors may be a must for you. Always ask, never assume.

If you frequent parking lots, consider any features which may be standard or available to get you into or out of those spots easier. These days, new vehicles come pretty well stacked with safety features, so it’s a good idea to make note of what features you’ll take most advantage of.

If the vehicle you’re test driving is pre-owned, make sure the car dealership offers a vehicle history report and/or pre-purchase inspection.. These can help identify questions you may have about safety.

Comfort and Infotainment

For many drivers, interior comfort and convenience is of the utmost importance. With as many different cars, trucks and SUVs as Toyota produces, size and space varies from one to the next. It could be a good idea to have a friend or family member along for the test drive who can experience riding in the back seat and available legroom. It’s also a good idea to measure cargo space.

If you’re the type who enjoys music or other infotainment while driving, test out the standard features and sizes. If it’s a touchscreen, make sure everything works to your liking. Don’t assume every system connects seamlessly to Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™.

While much of this seems like common sense, the excitement of getting into the driver’s seat of a potential new car could easily result in forgetting to check things that are important to you. Make that checklist.

To help make that experience a valuable one, count on the trusted car dealership more Tracy drivers prefer, Tracy Toyota. Finding us is easy. Simply instruct your smartphone to “find Toyota dealers near me.” Then, buckle up for a great ride.