When you’re ready to look for a new vehicle, it’s only natural that you’re going to want to book test drives. Perhaps you want to take a few out for a spin, or maybe you want to get behind the wheel of as many as you can – after all, buying or leasing a vehicle is a big decision. You wouldn’t want to waste the opportunity to try coupes, CUVs, trucks and more, right? Your vehicle should work for you, and it should be the best possible set of wheels for your lifestyle.

So, you need to walk into a test drive with confidence, knowing that you’re spending time looking at and seeking out answers to the questions that matter to you.

With that said, you’re going to want to save this blog post. Bookmark it, or email it to a friend. Keep it on-hand when you’re ready to go on your test drives.

Here are the 12 things you need to consider in a test drive:

1. Ask yourself, how do you feel in the vehicle? Does it feel comfortable? Can you adjust the mirrors and seat to where you need them?
2. Is it efficient on fuel? Ask about fuel efficiency. Does it work for your budget?
3. Test braking. Go down a hill or give it a good nudge (safely, of course). Are you comfortable with the brakes?
4. Review the interior. Does it have what you need? Is there enough space for your lifestyle?
5. Compare against what you’re driving now. Are you impressed with a potential change?
6. How’s the ride? How does it handle in a city street, or as you’re stopping in traffic?
7. Test the suspension. Does that suspension have some give as you’re going over bumps?
8. Safety. What are the vehicle’s crash test ratings?
9. Bells and whistles. Do you need heated seats? Air conditioning?
10. Consider hands-free accessories. Does the vehicle have built-in Bluetooth technology to handle phone calls?
11. Reviews. What are the reviews from consumer reports? What do others say about the vehicle you’re test driving?
12. Ask yourself – is it a vehicle you see yourself in over the next 5 years? When purchasing or leasing a vehicle, you want to look for longevity (not just a vehicle you would love for one season).

It’s a long list, right?

Thankfully, there’s thought behind each and every point to consider. When going through a test drive, it is important to find a vehicle that works for you and your lifestyle – not only today, but also in the future.