Definition of test drive in US English:

test drive

noun

  • 1An act of driving a motor vehicle that one is considering buying, in order to determine its quality.

    • ‘There's also a revised hood on the way with improved sealing round the door glass, and while this wasn't ready in time for this test drive it should be ready for the first customers' cars going out.’
    • ‘I was sold after the test drive and decided to buy instead of lease because I will be keeping this beauty.’
    • ‘Get a good test drive over varied road conditions and be sure to get the car's maintenance record.’
    • ‘By the time we got to the end of the test drive that day, the furl warning lights were on in nearly every car and you knew you had driven long, hard and fast.’
    • ‘Once you settle on the car you would like to buy by taking a test drive, the dealership will run your credit to determine what level of credit worthiness you fall under.’
    • ‘With little ado, and no sales patter, I was allowed to take the Chevy for a test drive.’
    • ‘In September 2003, he participated in a two-day test drive of the BMW Z4.’
    • ‘Two of them agreed to go for a test drive with Mr Jackson driving and his friend in the back seat.’
    • ‘Quite undetectable on smooth, high quality roads, the ride was noticeably harsher on a test drive from Dublin to Mayo on secondary, country roads, so make your choice.’
    • ‘Our test drive confirms Prius is remarkably smooth on highway and surface streets.’
    • ‘In a test drive on simulated ice, the system did not allow the driver to veer off-course and spin the car.’
    • ‘When we took it on a test drive, the pickup acted like it was starving for fuel if you tried to push it very hard.’
    • ‘Shoppers want to see the car and test drive it before they make a final commitment.’
    • ‘And, people queued up to test drive the Ford Endeavour and other luxury cars.’
    • ‘Out on our test drive, in a 1.6 litre model (likely to be the bestseller), I was struck by its hushed refinement and strikingly good quality.’
    • ‘Buying at auction might save you a few quid in the short term but unless you know what you're looking at you are probably better off scouring the classifieds and taking any car you're considering for a test drive before you part with cash.’
    • ‘Volvo's full range is available to test drive at this event, offering a car to suit all business needs and motoring lifestyles.’
    • ‘Take your car for a test drive around the block and make sure everything is okay.’
    • ‘He found the working spaces in and around the new engine no tighter than most, and after a test drive of his own declared it the ‘best GM yet.’’
    • ‘Even if the exact model isn't available for a test drive, then drive something similar.’
    1. 1.1 A test of a product before purchase or release.
      • ‘Shooters are like car buyers, they want a test drive before they buy.’
      • ‘Anschutz has long experience in producing finely accurate .17 caliber barrels, and I for one am looking forward to taking one of these to the range for a test drive.’
      • ‘All of the pro's and con's being considered, I signed up for a site and decided to give it a test drive for a month or two and will determine later if I still like it.’
      • ‘Laser Shot, maker of the hot-selling Laser Shot Shooting Simulations, will have several of the systems ready for your test drive.’
      • ‘Clip-on hair extensions are a temporary way to change your look, either for fun and style or as a test drive for ‘real’ hair extensions.’
      • ‘As I mentioned before, shopping online isn't perfect, and there is something to be said for taking a product for a test drive.’
      • ‘If you are accessing secure information online or simply have a lot of logins and passwords to remember you should take Password Officer Deluxe for a test drive.’
      • ‘In the meantime, 10,000 volunteers are giving the ID card a test drive - their personal details will be captured and collated.’
      • ‘Even though I don't get hay fever, I thought I'd take my new nasal filter out on a test drive.’
      • ‘Only the bigger powerplant is available for our test drive.’
      • ‘She brings a variety of paintings, framed and unframed pieces and even sculpture, clients can take for a test drive, on their walls and in their homes.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Drive (a vehicle) to determine its qualities with a view to buying it.

    • ‘I'm interested in the smaller sport utility vehicles, and recently test-drove a Hyundai Santa Fe.’
    • ‘The sisters prepared for their ordeal by test-driving a similar vehicle at the Mazda showroom in Sticker Lane, Bradford.’
    • ‘Eight-year-old Fionn Fitzgibbon from Dublin was delighted to be first to test-drive the racing car while other children stared wide-eyed waiting their turn.’
    • ‘As for Dale, I told him I liked the car, but I had to test-drive some other ones first.’
    • ‘The routine was the same as it always is - a friendly salesman came up, asked a few seemingly innocent questions, and the next thing I knew, I was test-driving a car we liked.’
    • ‘The DriversFest was a daylong party at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island, complete with live music, vintage vws, food, and the chance to test-drive the newest cars.’
    • ‘You test-drive a car before you buy it, don't you?’
    • ‘I didn't know how much the car cost, and after I test-drove it, I didn't care.’
    • ‘He might have saved himself some heartache if he had test-driven his current car, a BMW 645 convertible.’
    • ‘So why has Fullerton recently been test-driving cars made by Japanese and other German auto makers?’
    • ‘Over the weekend, a few more calls came in and a couple more people test-drove the car.’
    • ‘Weeks were also spent test-driving cars, including an undertaker's hearse, to ensure the best choice was made.’
    • ‘Insist on test-driving the car for at least 10/15 miles.’
    • ‘Her advice if you're not convinced: Rent or test-drive a GPS-equipped car before taking the plunge.’
    • ‘Says co-author Philip Reed, ‘The only reasons most people need to go to a car dealership are to test-drive the car and sign the contract.’’
    • ‘The car was test-driven from Lusaka to Kafue and back with a client.’
    • ‘He also says that gone are the days when the customers browsed brochures, test-drove the only one vehicle available, booked the cars and waited for a minimum of a fortnight or more for delivery.’
    • ‘Ninety percent of the twins' spare time was spent under the car, and ten percent test-driving it rally-style on the country roads.’
    • ‘John, 55, a Leeds United fan, was entered in the draw when he test-drove a Transit Connect, at Burgess Ford, in Keighley.’
    • ‘He arrived at 11.30 am and spent the next two hours discussing cars and test-driving a Ferrari, before settling on the Aston Martin.’
    1. 1.1 Test (a product) before purchase or release.
      ‘a laboratory where they can test-drive new tools and techniques’
      • ‘The following week, by the time I test-drove my third skirt, I started to sense diminishing returns.’
      • ‘Like a consumer, they want to test drive the product before investing all their resources into it.’
      • ‘Home decided to test-drive three of the biggest names in home furnishings - Habitat, John Lewis and Laura Ashley - on an ordinary front room in a Victorian terrace.’
      • ‘They check out business trends and test-drive the latest gadgets for the home and office.’
      • ‘Visitors to the show on the weekend of July 24 and 25 will be able to play on retro computer consoles, take part in competitions and test-drive a Sinclair C5 battery powered one-seat tricycle.’
      • ‘Before purchasing, test drive the stroller in the store, and don't forget to take your child along to check fit and comfort.’
      • ‘Well, it was high time I test-drove those speakers that Paul gave me.’
      • ‘Big software vendors won't let you test drive their products on a development system.’
      • ‘I'm writing for a new [album], test-driving a few songs on this trip, gonna get home and start working on another one.’
      • ‘I will happily test-drive pies for people if they have any particular models they're interested in, but otherwise I intend to simply buy and devour as many pies as is humanly possible.’
      • ‘If possible, test-drive a potential purchase, even if you end up buying the machine online.’
      • ‘To test-drive his theories, I am spending three days at LGE's training camp in Orlando, where I will take an exhaustive series of exams to produce a terrifyingly honest inventory of my body, mind, and spirit.’
      • ‘As the author of PC World's weekly Mobile Computing newsletter, I've probed, prodded, and test-driven many worthwhile portable computing products.’

Pronunciation

test drive

/ˈtɛs(t) ˌdraɪv//ˈtes(t) ˌdrīv/