The 17 Quietest Cars for 2019

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Serene Rides With Silent Interiors

Many people like certain aspects of their cars to be loud. Whether it’s the roar of a turbocharged or supercharged engine, the burble and crackle of a performance exhaust, or the heart-thumping bass of a surround-sound stereo, having a loud car can be a source of pride. 

However, many other shoppers prefer a quieter car: a serene environment in which to relax on long road trips, or seek sanctuary from the stresses of a daily commute. 

We’ve compiled a list of 17 of the quietest cars, as noted by the professional test drivers that we base our reviews on. In addition to being quiet, most of these cars also have a very high overall interior score. This score takes into account things like seat comfort, cargo and passenger space, and cabin quality. 

You might notice that many cars on this list have gone through a recent full redesign, or have been introduced as all-new models within the last few years. This speaks to how much automakers prioritize eliminating undesirable sounds from a car’s cabin. These sounds can range from road and wind noise to engine and transmission vibration. 

Current technology allows cars to be quieter inside than ever. Manufacturers employ space-age insulation, extra sound deadening, special acoustic glass, and electronic active noise cancellation to treat their customers to a silent, undisturbed ride. 

When designing a new car, special care is taken to ensure that the body shape is as impervious to wind noise and drag as possible. Overall build quality and fit-and-finish are big factors in producing a quiet car, as well. As a result, brands known for better craftsmanship will likely produce a less noisy product. We should also note: While those large rims or special tires might look cool, bigger isn’t always better. In fact, manufacturers usually scrutinize tire tread design for the best – and quietest – possible ride experience.

The following slides highlight 17 of some of the quietest cars, trucks, and SUVs available today. While luxury vehicles tend to be more isolated from the din of the outside world, there are plenty of affordable cars that make our list as well. 

As you review these quiet cars, remember that the scores on our site are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the scores and rankings mentioned in this slideshow may not match the latest information in our reviews.

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