At your Valley Honda Dealers near Phoenix, we want to make your purchase of a new 2016 Honda a genuinely pleasurable and positive experience. That’s why we offer so many convenient ways to shop for a new Honda. You can view and compare hundreds of new Hondas for sale near Phoenix with the click of a mouse.

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, it’s time to head to one of our Valley Honda dealerships conveniently located throughout the Valley of the Sun, as well as in Prescott, AZ, and take them for a test drive.

Going on a test drive with one of our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff is one of the most important steps in the car-buying process. It gives you the opportunity to inspect the Honda you’ve selected inside and out thoroughly. Most importantly, taking the test drive gives you a real “feel” for the vehicle, allowing you to judge its driving characteristics and learn about its many features.

But how do you maximize the benefits of a Honda test drive to help make the best purchase decision? Here are some things you can do to ensure that your test drive experience will be effective in making the right vehicle choice.

Do Your Research

Honda Car Research

We’ve already mentioned how easy it is to research new or pre-owned Hondas for sale in Phoenix online. By doing your homework ahead of time, you’ll be equipped with the necessary information about the vehicles in which you are interested. You can also use various automotive consumer websites such as or to give you additional insights.

Inspect Similar Vehicles On The Same Day

Honda Accord LX for Sale in Phoenix

Stylish Accord LX Sedan. Photo:

Let’s say you’re interested in a 2017 Honda Accord LX for sale in Phoenix. Test drive several of these specific models back-to-back on the same day to make it easier for you to remember which ones you liked best. If you decide to test drive a different trim level, for example, a 2017 Honda Accord Touring, make a note of the differences to help keep them separate in your mind.

Take Your Time

Visit a Valley Honda Dealers Showroom

Think about a test drive as a “first date.” This is your chance to get fully acquainted with the new Honda that you’ve chosen to test drive. More than “kicking the tires,” this involves a thorough and thoughtful examination of the vehicle from top to bottom. Get behind the wheel and see how comfortable it is. Is the seating position to your liking? Are the controls convenient and easy to understand? Sit in the backseat. Does it have adequate head and legroom? Look at the fit and finish of the interior. Do you notice anything that looks out of place?

Bring A Friend

Honda Car Salesman

When it comes to test-driving a new Honda “two heads are better than one.” Bring along a friend or family member who can point out things about the car you may have missed. For example, a friend can sit in the back seat and let you know how comfortable it is, or whether there is sufficient air flow from the climate control system.

Ask Questions

The knowledgeable salespeople at our Valley Honda Dealers have one job, and that’s to ensure your complete satisfaction with the purchase experience. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have during the test-drive process. So don’t be shy.

Hit The Road

Now it’s time to get on the highway and see how your new Honda handles and performs. Get settled behind the wheel and have the salesperson walk you through the car’s features and options. Start the vehicle and listen to the engine for a moment. Is it quiet, or does it sound rough at idle? Drive the vehicle on different roads. Does it have adequate power to merge onto the freeway? Is the steering precise? Does it shift smoothly and effortlessly? How does it handle different road conditions and while cornering? How is outward visibility? Is the cabin quiet?

This is also your chance to check out the Honda’s climate controls, advanced infotainment technology, and safety features, if so-equipped. For instance, if the car your test driving comes with Honda’s advanced Honda Sensing™ active safety technology, how does it perform in real-world driving situations? Similarly, how easy is it to operate such features as Bluetooth®, the standard multi-angle rearview backup camera, voice-activated hands-free calling, and the available functions of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™?

Finally, is the car easy to park and get into and out of?

Reflect & Review

Once you’ve completed your test drive, take a moment to collect your thoughts. Bring along a notepad and write down your observations to help you remember what you experienced. Review the different attributes of the Hondas you’ve test driven. If you’ve brought along a friend, compare notes.

Buy With Confidence

You’ve done your “due diligence” and, after careful consideration, you’ve arrived at a decision. With the hard work of test driving in your rearview mirror, you can sit back and relax, confident that you’ve made the right choice. Now it’s up to us. Our experienced sales and finance teams will work hard to get you the best deal possible on the new or Certified Pre-Owned Honda you’ve chosen.

Now the only thing left is to get behind the wheel of your newly purchased Honda and drive it home. That big, happy grin on your face? That smile comes standard with every new or pre-owned Honda we sell at your Valley Honda Dealers.

Savings That Pass The Test

We invite you to visit one of our several conveniently located Valley Honda Dealers in Phoenix and check out our wide selection of new 2016 Hondas for sale near Phoenix. We’re sure that you’ll find the right Honda at the right price with many money saving Honda year-end clearance specials going on now.