What To Look For When Test Driving A Nissan

June 7th, 2022 by

The black leather drivers seat and dashboard of a 2021 Nissan Maxima


What To Know Before Taking A Test Drive

From the iconic new car smell to the shiny clean paint, buying a new car can overload the senses. Because the smells and sights rob your attention from the parts of the car that mean the most, it’s important to come prepared when test driving a new car.

The Nissan Test Drive Checklist

The test drive begins before you enter the dealership showroom. Informed shoppers research the cars they want to understand the available trims, options, transmission, engine choices, drivetrain, and fuel economy.

When you arrive at the lot, get a good look at the car from all angles. Sit in it. Open the trunk. See the engine compartment. Then, start it and listen to it idle for a few moments. If you like what you see and hear, the next step is to drive the car and see how it performs in real-life situations:

  • A busy road with stop-and-go traffic. Pay attention to the acceleration and braking.
  • A highway with speeds over 55 MPH. Find a spot with a few curves to assess the handling.
  • A parking lot to see if you can park it. Don’t forget to parallel park.
  • A quiet street with the radio off and the window open to listen to the engine.

What To Look For In A Nissan

We expect our customers to take their Nissan test drive seriously. We understand that buying a new car can be a stressful event, so our goal is to make the process comfortable and relaxing.

Our sales department will help you get to know the vehicle before you take it for a test drive. They will show you how to start and stop the vehicle and find the shift controls. Before you hit the road, they’ll show you how to control the radio from the infotainment system and the steering wheel. They’ll also show you how to adjust the seats to get the best view with the most comfort. They’ll also help you adjust the mirrors.

Whether your Nissan test drive involves a 2013 model, a sporty Nissan Rogue, or the newest model year Nissan Maxima, we want you to get the most out of your test drive.

Why Choose Nissan of Orange Park

The test drive is one of the most important components of buying a new car. Knowing what to look for when buying a Nissan makes the process more enjoyable. Sitting behind the wheel lets you know if the Nissan Altima or Nissan Frontier is a better fit for your driving needs.

Once you’ve determined which Nissan is right for you, our finance team is ready to help you choose a loan or lease that fits your budget. And our service department is ready to help with routine maintenance to keep your Nissan running like new.

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