When shopping for cars, be sure to test-drive the technology

New vehicles are brimming with technology that can enhance convenience, connectivity and driver safety. But the tech can also be unfamiliar to car shoppers, especially those who haven’t purchased a vehicle in the past five years or more. This poses a problem when it comes to the traditional test drive.

There’s a learning curve with any new piece of technology, and some automakers make it easier than others. It’s one thing to evaluate familiar vehicle attributes such as acceleration or seat comfort. But how can you evaluate these new gadgets in the typical 15- to 20-minute test drive if you don’t quite know what they do or what to look for? A vehicle might not feel like the right car for you if you find yourself overwhelmed.

With this in mind, Edmunds experts share some of their car technology evaluation techniques and how to safely learn and test these features during your test drive.