person driving inside the 2018 Mazda6

How should you test drive a new car?

What to look for when test driving a Mazda

When you are shopping for a new automobile, you’re spending a lot of time with research and planning. After all that, when it is time to come to a dealership to look at a vehicle that has piqued your interest, you want to make sure you get the most of it before signing on the dotted line. The test drive is a major part of the shopping process because you are finally sitting behind the wheel and experiencing it in real-world conditions. Here at Bob Baker Mazda we are pleased to offer test drives to our customers, and it is important to remember a few things during the process. Read ahead for some suggestions on what to look for when test driving a Mazda.

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Before you drive

While you might be eager to climb into the driver’s seat of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 or any of our other impressive models, it’s a good idea to check some things beforehand.  

First, while you’ll eventually be in the driver’s seat, take a seat in the back and make sure there will be enough room for any passengers you plan to have with you. Along those lines, check the cargo capacity of the vehicle, and try to imagine your cargo needs. Will it be enough room? 

When you’re sitting up front, adjust the seat to where you are comfortable. Are you able to easily reach the center touchscreen to use all the MAZDA CONNECT™ features? Check the turn signals and other functions, and feel free to ask the salesperson questions about the processes. Remember, this will be your vehicle, a place where you will spend many hours for a number of years, so you want to make sure you are comfortable and that everything you need is within reach.

man reaching for gear shift inside 2019 Mazda CX-3During the drive

As you are driving, listen to the vehicle. Does it sound okay? Are there any sounds that strike you as odd? That’s another thing to ask the salesperson about so you are certain. Another good tip is to make sure you drive it at varying speeds—city streets and highway—so you can understand how it performs on different roads. You need to know how the vehicle feels and performs in different settings.  

Do you want to take one of our new Mazda models for a test drive? Contact us today and let’s get started!