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Best Compact SUVs if You Like Peace and Quiet According to Consumer Reports

Compact SUVs are a dime a dozen these days, with new models arriving in the U.S. market constantly. Following extensive testing by real owners, Consumer Reports compiled a list of the quietest options available for 2021. However, to make this list, the contender has to be both quiet and comfortable on the road.

Thanks to Consumer Reports’ predicted reliability rating; we also get a glimpse of which of these models will stand the test of time. These are the best options, along with how much you should be paying for them.

2021 Mazda CX-5: the reliable pick

A red 2021 Mazda CX-5 driving down a highway road ranked one of the quietest compact SUVs by Consumer Reports.
The 2021 Mazda CX-5 in action | Mazda

Starting off this list of quietest compact SUVs by Consumer Reports is the 2021 Mazda CX-5. According to Consumer Reports, the Mazda’s naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission created little noise on the road. Additionally, this contender scored excellent predicted reliability ratings across various model years.

Reliability aside, the CX-5 also reportedly provides a comfortable ride that doesn’t get to close to being over-dampened. Additionally, Consumer Reports estimates that you’ll pay between $25,370 and $37,505 for one of these compact SUVs.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime: the quickest quietest SUV

A red RAV4 plug-in hybrid Toyota SUV which is ranked as one of the quietest compact SUVs by Consumer Reports.
Toyota RAV4 Prime | Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Next up in this list of quietest compact SUVs by Consumer Reports is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime. One of the greatest improvements the electrified Prime model has over the standard RAV4 is its quiet ride. While you still get the same naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter engine, the electric motors don’t force it to get up in the rev range.

Aside from its quiet and comfortable ride, Consumer Reports found that the RAV4 Prime’s 302-hp output makes it surprisingly quick as well. If you want an ultra-quiet ride, you can cover up to 40 miles in the RAV4 utilizing the electric motors alone.

According to Consumer Reports, you’ll pay between $38,100 to $42,425 for one of these SUVs in the correct trim, making it the most expensive option on this list.

2021 Chevrolet Equinox: the value option

A 2021 Chevy Equinox parked on pavement with a cloudy sky in the background
The 2021 Chevy Equinox on display | Chevrolet

If you want one of the quietest compact SUVs by Consumer Reports that won’t break the bank, you’ll need the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox. Consumer Reports found that this SUV’s smaller 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is actually one of its greatest strengths.

Despite its tiny size, it managed to remain surprisingly quiet on the road. Additionally, this model’s overall sound deadening is executed well, allowing for little wind noise to permeate through the cabin.

The best part is that Consumer Reports estimates that you’ll pay between $23,800 to $33,000 for one of these SUVs. While this is the cheapest option on the list, there is a catch. That’s because the Equinox received less-than-stellar predicted reliability ratings. As a result, you may encounter some issues during your ownership.

2021 Honda CR-V: one of the best all-rounders

A blue 2021 Honda CR-V Touring driving down a highway road
The 2021 Honda CR-V Touring in action | Honda

Last up in this list of quietest compact SUVs by Consumer Reports; we have one of the best all-rounders, the 2021 Honda CR-V. Aside from costing between $25,350 to $36,350, this model also received positive predicted reliability ratings. Additionally, it doesn’t matter if you go for the standard or hybrid models, Consumer Reports found them both to be quite quiet.

Despite offering a somewhat firm ride, Consumer Reports found this SUV to be plenty comfortable on the road. The only time the engine kicks up the noise is under heavy acceleration. Aside from that, this is one quiet and comfortable daily driver.