Trucks & SUVs

Consumer Reports: The Quietest Compact SUVs

A major turnoff of some compact SUVs is how excessive noise from the outside can ruin the overall driving experience from the inside. Due to the rectangular shape of compact SUVs, they tend to echo off annoying sounds. A small, standard engine can make these noisy matters even worse. But fortunately, there are some good, quality compact SUVs available that prioritize limiting noise from the outside world. Here we have gathered the best and quietest compact SUVs based on data from Consumer Reports. 

2020 Mazda CX-5

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 is a crossover SUV leader in more ways than one. What makes the CX-5 so great is its high-quality, luxurious features that come attached to a more affordable price tag. The CX-5’s cabin interior is actually reminiscent of that of a Mercedes.

Engine noise in this SUV is very minimal thanks to a muted 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and other outside sounds are no problem either. In fact, Mazda specifically set out to reduce outside noise in general, even on the highway. The CX-5’s thoughtful design contributes to an overall plush experience.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox 

The Chevy Equinox is just behind the CX-5. It is another popular SUV on the market, especially for 2020. The Equinox is bold on the outside and very subdued on the inside as far as styling goes. Even though the cabin isn’t lavish, this SUV still offers enough amenities and comfort. Wind and road noise is low. Plus, the Equinox has a great infotainment system and provides responsive handling.

2020 Honda CR-V

With the 2020 Honda CR-V, you get the right mix of comfort and power. The model’s 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine provides satisfying control and is also exceptionally fuel-efficient. This popular crossover also gives ample space and support while muffling outside noise. Storage compartments on the inside help the CR-V earn higher marks for efficiency. Another great in-car perk is Honda’s advanced safety features which now come standard on every trim.

2020 Subaru Forester 

CR recommends the Forester because of its spacious cabin, great visibility, and for facilitating an overall great driving experience. All-wheel drive comes standard on this model which further enhances this ride. Some say the Forester’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder is too modest, but that really is debatable.

This SUV also gets an impressive fuel economy rating and its higher ground clearance makes it a better option for off-roading. The limited noise from the outside makes the Forester feel even more serene. It also comes standard with forwarding- collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

2020 Kia Sportage

The sporty Kia Sportage rounds out our list. This compact SUV features a smooth ride quality and the cabin space is very accommodating. Noise levels from the outside are kept low which makes this SUV more enjoyable. The Sportage holds its own well against popular small crossovers like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

With the Sportage SUV, you get an enjoyable crossover at a lower price that’s also packed with desirable features. The Sportage comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity along with advanced driver’s aids.