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Baltimore Toyota Test Driving Essentials & Tips: A Guide to Test Driving a Vehicle at the Dealership

Last updated 4 years ago

The test-driving experience at our Baltimore Toyota dealership is essential for determining which new or used Toyota is the right fit for your particular lifestyle in Maryland. The following tips that our dealers put together for car-shoppers will help you prepare for, and get the most out of, a test drive at Jerry’s Toyota:


The first thing that you should consider when test-driving a new Toyota is decide whether it’s the right size for you and your family. Consider cargo space, seating configurations, and leg and head room. Also, be sure to park the vehicle in a variety of different parking spots to determine whether or not you will have a problem maneuvering it around the city. And, if this is a family vehicle, consider bringing the entire family to the dealership. This will help you find out if the vehicle is comfortable, and appealing for the entire family.


Beyond asking our Toyota sales team about the safety ratings of our vehicles, there are a few things you can inspect during the test drive (on your own) to get a sense of the vehicle’s overall safety. Check to see whether the vehicle has good visibility for you, whether it has formidable brakes to your liking, and whether or not it comes with advanced safety features that are important to you and your needs (such as electronic stability control and a lane departure warning system).


When you’re actually behind the wheel, it’s important to drive it around on an assortment of roads, not just the highway or streets right next to the dealership. Drive the Toyota on the highway, city streets, bumpy dirt roads, and curvy roads. This will give you a good sense of the car’s handling and ride comfort. Don’t be afraid to really experience what it’s like to drive this vehicle. You won’t just be driving it on any one type of road surface when you purchase your car, truck or SUV of choice.


During the actual test drive, be mindful of the mirror and seat settings. This means that you should be sure to adjust the mirrors and seats to your personal preferences. When you’re on the road, listen carefully for engine, road, and wind noises. Also, think about how easy (or difficult) it is for you to get into and out of the car, and if the driving position is ideal for you. It’s also important to deeply consider how ergonomic and easy-to-use the dashboard setup is for you. Each driver has different preferences and these are all things you should consider during the test drive.

If you’d like to test drive a number of different, innovative, new Toyota vehicles in Baltimore, come to Jerry’s Toyota. Call our dealers at (888) 714-6153 for more information, and check out our Toyota dealership’s website at to browse our dealership’s inventory of new and pre-owned Toyota vehicles.


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