Only 2 Compact Pickup Trucks Received Negative Noise Ratings on Consumer Reports

Pickup trucks are a peaceful ride. Comfortable seating is often a secondary concern. Since pickup trucks are often used for towing or hauling, power is the order of the day. Additionally, cabin noise is another feature often overlooked if there is plenty of power under the hood there may be a negative noise review.

According to Consumer Reports, only two compact pickup trucks received negative ratings regarding cabin noise, and only two received low marks for cabin noise, with the majority falling somewhere in between. Here are a few of Consumer Reports’ most and least favorite compact pickup trucks for cabin noise.

Only 2 trucks received positive noise ratings on Consumer Reports

A 2022 Honda RIdgeline in red.
2022 Honda Ridgeline | American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The Honda Ridgeline and Hyundai Santa Cruz were the only two trucks that received good marks from Consumer Reports. The Honda Ridgeline has a cab and bed that are one piece rather than two separate body parts bolted together, as with most traditional trucks. This may be a contributing factor to the lack of interior noise. Consumer Reports compares the cabin noise to that of a luxury SUV.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz has a quiet cabin with suppressed levels of road and wind noise. Because the turbo engine is strong relative to the vehicle’s size and weight, it doesn’t need to rev as high, which helps to dampen cabin noise. The turbo engine is powerful for the vehicle’s size and weight, resulting in less need to rev the engine high, which helps reduce noise inside the cabin.

2 compact pickup trucks received negative noise ratings from Consumer Reports

The Toyota Tacoma and Jeep Gladiator both received poor ratings from Consumer Reports. The Tacoma’s rugged chassis and a durable composite plastic bed make it a workhorse. However, despite thicker glass to suppress noise inside the cabin, it remains at the bottom of the list from Consumer Reports.

In addition to the overall low score from Consumer Reports, the Gladiator’s poor noise rating is the result of its close relation to the Jeep Wrangler. Wranglers are known for having loud cabins, so it’s no surprise that the Gladiator follows suit. Wind noise at speeds above 50 mph is very loud, and the thin roof panels don’t provide much isolation.

Most compact pickups landed somewhere in the middle

Most compact tracks had average cabin noise, according to Consumer Reports. The Ford Maverick has been very popular due to its cheap price tag, which starts at just $20,000. The hybrid version is quieter than the regular Maverick XLT thanks to its ability to drive under electric power at low speeds, reducing engine noise in the cabin.

The Ford Ranger received middle-of-the-road scores similarly from Consumer Reports. Although not as affordable as the Maverick, the Ranger’s resurrection has been popular among Ford fans. Some of Consumer Reports’ biggest complaints are the wind noise at highway speeds, and tire tread noise heard at low speeds. 

The Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Colorado, and the GMC Canyon earned average scores. However, the Colorado and the Canyon were slightly worse due to the diesel engines. The 2.8-liter Duramax engines are noisy, so the gas versions will provide less noise in the cabin.

Compact pickup trucks are great for hauling small items, so noise is a factor that can easily be controlled. Since there is no need for a lot of power, creature comforts can be easily incorporated without sacrificing functionality.

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