In 1995, I was a Junior in high school. It was exactly when the Toyota Rav4 was on the market in the US. My friend, a senior, had one and I wanted one really bad. It was so cool. They were cute like toy cars. I did not know about safety features, buttons, etc, all I cared about was it was the latest cool car out on the market. I wanted one.
Now as an adult, I don't care about the coolest car or the latest and greatest, I care about the car facts. When I purchased my first car, after high school, I did not make the best decision. I got a car to take me back and forth. I thought that was ok. But a car is an investment. My investment ended up being a lemon.
I wish I knew what I know now. I am not an expert but these are the things i would have paid more attention to, then and now.
Tips to test driving your next car-
1) Research. Go to the website. Go straight to the source. Don't let the salesperson tell you what car, truck, SUV, or van, you want.
Once you find the vehicle you want, see if it is a good fit for you.
3) Driver's Preferences. Will you be the only one driving this vehicle? Check to see if the vehicle has dual controls for preference buttons like: