17 Quietest Cars of 2020

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Comfortable Cruising With A Quiet Cabin

Some cars, or at least parts of them, are designed to be loud. Performance junkies can be drawn to the throaty exhaust note of a turbocharged or supercharged engine, while audiophiles prioritize a high-end stereo to jam out to their favorite tunes like they were at a live concert. 

Having your eardrums ring simply from driving your car isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, though. Many 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. 

Using the opinions of the professional test drivers that we base our reviews and scoring on, we’ve compiled a list of some of the quietest new cars on the market today. Most of these cars have a high overall interior score, of which cabin serenity is just one part. Grading a vehicle for interior also takes into account things like seat comfort, cargo and passenger space, and quality of materials. 

You might notice that many vehicles on this list have been introduced as all-new models within the last few years, or they’ve recently undergone a full redesign. When automakers put out a brand-new product or give an existing one a total makeover, they put a lot of effort into eliminating undesirable sounds such as road and wind noise, or engine and transmission vibration. 

Modern technology also helps cars to be quieter inside than ever. Manufacturers employ techniques such as electronic active noise cancellation, as well as packing the vehicle with space-age insulation, extra sound deadening, and special acoustic glas. All of these tricks created a silent, undisturbed ride for consumers. 

It’s not just what’s on the inside that counts; a car’s exterior design plays a big part in how quiet it ends up being. Different body shapes and stylings are put through rigorous testing to ensure that the car is as impervious to wind noise and drag as possible. Large rims or performance tires might look cool, but they can do a disservice to ride quality and road noise. Manufacturers usually scrutinize tire tread design for the best – and quietest – possible ride experience.

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. You’ll notice a lot of luxury automakers on this list, but there are plenty of affordable cars to scroll through 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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