If you're shopping for a vehicle near Naperville, Illinois, you may have a chance to put your possible purchases through the gauntlet on at a new facility. The town has joined forces with local dealers to create a driving course that would reduce the number of test drives on public streets and give buyers a better sense of the type of vehicle they were purchasing before they signed on the dotted line. The course features a variety of pavement types, a small parking area and even a sprinkler system to allow for foul-weather evaluations.

While the entire facility is housed in an area roughly the size of a mall parking lot, Cars.com reports that the course gives buyers a safe way to more or less fully evaluate a vehicle. Given that most dealers simply offer up pre-planned routes that give only the faintest impression of what a vehicle will be like to live with, we wish more dealers and buyers had access to similar test track. Head over to Cars.com to check it out in greater detail.


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      Tim
      • 3 Years Ago
      This has been around since 2006. I live less than an hour away from Naperville and went here when i was shopping for a car a few years back. It helped me come to the conclusion that I didn't want a Toyota Matrix.
      Keith Tanner
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait until one of the dealers starts claiming a fastest time, sparking a Nurburgring-esque war over lap times of the test track.
      xor.be
      • 3 Years Ago
      hmm *imagines midnight hooning*
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome idea, but this being 'Merica and all, why oh why do I expect some d-bag to ruin it for everyone? You know there is going to be that one joker that thinks he's Schumacher or Ken Block and starts trashing up the course until he either crashes or turns it into an unsafe situation and it has to get shut down. I see that some of the commentators are saying that this has been open for a few years now, well I hope that now that AB and a few other websites have given it more publicity that it doesn't ruin a really cool idea.
      Maverick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Absolutely necessary. Traffic in this area SUCKS, rendering on-road test drives completely useless.
      Yu Yung Shin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chuck Norris, when he was 4 1/2 yrs. old had a sandbox twice as biggerthan this.
      ShutoSteve
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can easily control a drift at 40MPH. So this'll be perfect to test the new Genesis Coupe on. Thank you very much. Not only that, but I can hazard break whenever I want, reverse whenever I want, hell/toe whenever I want, and just overall act like a complete douche. Perfect retribution for all the times that salesmen acted like douches to me.
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        I had a salesman ask me one time while test driving a used SRT-4, "Should I drive it to just drive it, or drive it the way it was meant to be driven?" Guess what my answer was. It was more of a test "ride" since I didn't know how to drive a stick yet. This was several years ago.
      Erzhan Kz
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they won't allow the consumer to go faster than 40 mph, there is no point in a track. Give me a CTS-V sport wagon with manual, helmet and let me drive it alone.
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Talk about slow on the uptake, this opened in 2006! Here's a breaking news story for Cars.com: "Shocking update in the world of cars, they now can run on electricity!"
      A09
      • 3 Years Ago
      I test drove a vehicle here about three years ago. It is nice to try the vehicle over multiple surfaces and conditions in a closed course.
      Marian Kulasik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome, I work in Naperville, IL this place is about 10 minutes out!
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've always wanted one of these...
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