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

When pickup trucks are designed for the consumer, power is prioritized. These trucks can be excellent work vehicles, but focusing on power often sacrifices comfort. Cabin noise can be higher, leading to a less peaceful driving experience. For the truck drivers who still want lower noise from the engine and the road, there are only two compact trucks with positive noise ratings

These two compact trucks will not give you a quiet ride

2022 Toyota Tacoma in lime green.
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Consumer Reports rates two compact trucks as having the worst cabin noise. If you want both a practical truck and a truck with a quiet cabin, then you need to avoid these two trucks: The 2022 Jeep Gladiator and the 2022 Toyota Tacoma. 

The Jeep Gladiator takes the ever-popular Jeep Wrangler and turns it into a pickup truck with a longer wheelbase and an added 5-foot bed. Like the Wrangler, the Gladiator has a soft top and an optional removable hardtop. With the hardtop in place, there is still too much wind noise when going at highway speeds. The Consumer Reports team suggests that the Gladiator is better for driving around town. The soft top is bound to let even more noise into the cabin. The V6 engine, on the other hand, is more pleasant to hear. 

The Toyota Tacoma remains a utilitarian workhorse ideal for landscapers and contractors. It has its cult following due to being a true “beast of burden” and a great choice for your off-road escapades. However, the Consumer Reports team still says, “make no mistake, the Tacoma drive like a primitive, agricultural relic.” That includes the noise. Wind and engine noise tends to drown out any efforts for a conversation in the cabin. However, this cabin noise is reduced thanks to the thicker glass included in 2020. 

A quieter ride is more likely with these two compact trucks 

The Consumer Reports team does rate two compact trucks favorably in the noise rating. If you want a softer ride, consider purchasing a 2022 Honda Ridgeline or a 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz. 

The Honda Ridgeline has taken a truck and made it more like a car. It is not a workhorse perfect for loading, towing, or off-roading. But, it will get the job done around town and give the driver and passengers a much more enjoyable ride. The Consumer Reports team was impressed with the noise level. They said, “The Ridgeline is impressively quiet, with the most notable sound being just a subdued engine hum, even at high revs. Road and wind noise are a whisper. It compares to a luxury SUV.” 

The Hyundai Santa Cruz is also an excellent choice for the consumer who occasionally wants an open bed for work purposes but also wants the luxury ride and handling of a small SUV. The cabin of the Santa Cruz is quiet with only “suppressed levels of road and wind noise.” Also, the engine is powerful enough for the truck size, resulting in less need to rev, which means even less noise in the cabin. 

Consider these three models if you are looking for a great full-size truck positive noise rating

You are in luck if you are looking for a full-size pickup truck with a quieter driving experience. The following three trucks had higher noise ratings than any of the compact trucks. 

The Ram 1500 is a tough truck, as expected from its name. But it’s more of a strong but silent type. Consumer Reports say that the road noise is “next to nonexistent,” and there is little wind noise despite its stocky body. 

The Ford F-150 is America’s best-selling vehicle and brings a fantastic noise rating. Consumer Reports says, “There’s very little road noise and only some minor wind rustling from the big side mirrors at highway speeds.”

 Finally, the Ram 1500 Classic proves to be an excellent choice for anyone looking for a more gentle pickup truck. Consumer Reports says the interior is quieter “than some luxury cars’ cabins.” It is free from road and wind noise, and the engine only puts out a hum. 

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