Only 1 Luxury Car Received a Negative Noise Rating From Consumer Reports

When luxury car owners buy new vehicles, they pay a premium price and have certain amenity expectations. They’re willing to pay more to have the upscale extras, including higher-quality materials, luxurious spaces, and ultra-convenient technology.

You might also expect a sound-proof cabin when you buy a luxury car. But according to Consumer Reports and its noise evaluations, one luxury vehicle, the Acura ILX, received a negative rating. Before you buy, you might want to ensure you’re not buying the noisiest model in the luxury car segment, the Acura ILX.

Some of the luxury cars with negative ratings regarding noise

A white Acura ILX, a luxury car, driving down a curvy road.
Acura ILX | Acura

When Consumer Reports evaluates any vehicle, the team carefully considers every detail that matters to car-buying consumers. One of those deal-breaker categories is in-cabin noise. Understandably, some vehicles will be noisier than others, especially when operating at higher speeds. But when buying a luxury car, you don’t expect noise to be a problem.

According to the results, Consumer Reports suggests several luxury models do very well in the noise-canceling department. The 2022 Audi A3, the 2022 BMW 2 Series, and the 2022 Cadillac CT4 rate well and are above average in terms of quiet rides in the entry-level luxury space. Across the variety of luxury car sizes, a few other models have some pretty high noise ratings, too, including the BMW 4 Series, the Genesis G80, the Lexus ES, the Tesla Model S, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.  

The luxury car with the lowest noise ratings 

So, which luxury car do Consumer Reports rank as the noisiest, with the lowest noise scores? The team points to the 2022 Acura ILX and gives it a near dismal review and negative rating after spending time with the luxury ride.

The consumer organization expressed its disdain for the Acura ILX’s noise, saying it’s almost “a fatiguing affair.” Acura did take care to make improvements to the ILX, but apparently, not enough attention was given to the cabin’s noise-canceling properties. Road noise is reported to be so bad that it might deter you from buying an Acura ILX, especially if you spend much of your traveling time at highway speeds.

Car and Driver isn’t a fan of the Acura ILX’s noisy cabin either. The team says the wind and road noise “permeate the cabin” far more than other luxury car entries. The Edmunds team claims the ILX’s cabin is “just too loud,” too, especially driving highway speeds. They were disappointed in this luxury car’s failure to meet the “same level of isolation” that other vehicles in this luxury segment manage to do well.

Runner ups with average noise ratings

Now that you know which luxury cars are the quietest and the lone contender as the noisiest, what about some of the more average noise ratings? If you’re ok middle-of-the-road noise scores, a few models fall into this category, based on overall Consumer Reports noise scoring efforts.

For the semi-quiet, occasionally noisy experiences, you can take the Jaguar F-Pace, the Cadillac XT4, and the Mini Cooper Countryman for a test drive to see what you think. The Land Rover Discovery Sport and Buick Encore GX also earned an average noise rating if you’ve been eyeing either as your next luxury contender.

It comes down to how well you tolerate cabin noise and if you’re willing to spend the premium price on a luxury car that comes in average or below average with noise ratings. But for daily drivers who have highway commutes, it’s probably best to steer clear of the Acura ILX until the automaker can improve its cabin. 

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