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When evaluating a pickup truck, one typically considers engine options, utility features, towing and payload capacities, and off-road capabilities. However, it’s also nice to have a pickup truck that provides a quiet ride. So, from the most popular sales category of full-size pickup trucks, which models provide the quietest ride?

The Ram 1500, Ram 1500 Classic, and Ford F-150 are very quiet

A black 2022 Ram 1500 (RAM)RED Edition full-size pickup truck driving through a city with a blurred background
2022 Ram 1500 (RAM)RED Edition | FCA

For evaluating noise ratings on full-size pickup truck models, Consumer Reports awarded scores based on “expert judgment of the vehicle’s interior noise level in everyday driving.” According to Wheel, CR only provided three models with a perfect score. For the 2022 model year, that includes the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Ram 1500 Classic.

However, something to keep in mind about these noise evaluations is the emergence of upcoming electric pickup trucks. That includes the likes of the Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning, and electric versions of the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado. Electric vehicles are typically much quieter than gas-powered vehicles, so it’s hard to go wrong with EVs if interior noise is a significant concern for your driving comfort.

Why do these trucks have quiet interiors?

During testing, the 2022 Ford F-150 produced a slight engine-humming noise, but nothing to a volume that would be an annoyance to most drivers. There was some rustling from the model’s side mirrors, but only at highway speeds. Overall, the F-150 performed to the expectations of a luxury car regarding noise levels.

The 2022 Ram 1500 has one of the highest-quality interiors of its class, which helps aid in its noise reduction from exterior forces. Along with a plush interior of spacious and comfortable seating, the Ram 1500’s noise cancellation system does its job admirably. Ambient noise is heavily reduced, allowing for a calm driving experience for drivers and passengers.

Lastly, most truck enthusiasts might assume the 2022 Ram 1500 Classic would be one of the worst of its class in most categories due to its aging design and more affordable price. However, while it may lack more modern features, its cabin build is solid and reliable. The 1500 Classic isn’t as reliable and high-tech as the contemporary Ram 1500, but it shares its sibling’s ability to block exterior noise.

What causes cabin noise in your car?

So, what’s the cause behind cabin noise in the first place? Cabin noise comes from outside the vehicle or from the vehicle itself. Exterior noise is usually from wind, traffic, and infrastructure issues, like bumpy and worn roads. According to Adrian Steel, interior noise is generally from the model’s engine, exhaust, belts, tires, and accessories. Sometimes fit and finish and assembly issues with the model can also be at fault. In this case, components can clang/scrape against one another to produce noise, or improper fittings can allow more exterior noise to worm its way into the cabin.

To address these issues, the first step should be to have a mechanic take a look to see if your engine or other components are at fault for excess noise. Additionally, drivers can apply after-market seals and sound-deading panels wherever exterior noise is leaking in. To diagnose the area, clear out your vehicle or cargo, which can be another source of noise if unsecured.

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