An interesting study that popped up in the Detroit Free Press showed that because of the wealth of information that is the internet, 1 in 10 buyers of new cars feel safe and informed enough about their purchase to skip the test drive entirely.
Another interesting result is that again, thanks to the internet, 1 in 10 buyers also schedule a test drive through the internet, some even scheduling them back to back with different dealerships to make comparisons easier.
One thing, though, is that the feel of a car is not something you can just look up on the internet. Call me crazy, but I believe in the fact that every single car is different for different people. Do yourself a favor and test drive the car, even if you know enough about the car to build it from scratch. It beats buying a car that is rated as the best purchase of the year to find out that you just don’t like how it drives.