Choosing the right vehicle for a new driver

Happy new driver choosing the right vehicle

What happens when it comes time to purchase or lease a vehicle for a new driver? Do you run out to get the fanciest, most expensive vehicle on the lot? Probably not.

Instead, hopefully, you’ve done research, learned how the auto finance process works and taken into consideration things like your budget and the cost-to-own. Once you’re prepared, it’s time for the exciting part – shopping and test driving.

Happy new driver


Temptation may lead you down the path of getting something fun, but here’s where practicality is your friend.

For the record, that doesn’t mean boring. It just means making the smart choice of something you can safely and comfortably drive. Here are a few additional things to consider when test driving your first vehicle.

1. Visibility

Being aware of your surroundings is one of the most important rules for new drivers. And not remembering a vehicle’s blind spots can lead to accidents.

When you sit in the vehicle, can you easily see in all directions? Does the vehicle offer blind-spot monitoring capability? If you have to crane your head in an awkward fashion to see the vehicle next to you, it is probably not the ride for you.

2. Ride height

You may, at first, think this sounds odd, but bear with me for a moment and take into consideration the majority of other vehicles you see on the road around you. Are you surrounded by large trucks and SUVs? Or are they mostly small, commuter cars?

You don’t have to buy the biggest vehicle on the lot – just something that makes you well-suited for the driving environment in which you will most commonly travel.


New driver test driving

3. Technology

Getting something with all the latest bells and whistles may seem like a great idea at first, but take a step back and ask yourself what you will actually use while in the vehicle. Also, ease-of-use is critical, particularly as a new driver.

Before you make your final decision, check out our Chrysler Capital Offers page and see if you may be eligible for a special incentive or lease deal.