When it comes to luxury cars, maintaining a quiet ride for the occupants is a feature many luxury car buyers expect. As a result, automotive engineers spend vast amounts of time and money developing technology such as Active Noise Cancellation and space-age sound-deadening insulation to keep the external road, wind, engine, and tire noises outside the vehicle. So let’s look at some of the quietest cars in the midsize sedan and large sedan segments that don’t have the luxury car price tag.
Quietest midsize sedans
First on Consumer Reports’ list of quiet midsize sedans, but in no particular order, is the 2022 Honda Accord, with prices ranging from $26,520 to $38,450. The sporty Accord features a wide array of drivetrains ranging from turbocharged engines to hybrid versions with fuel economies ranging from 21 mpg in the city to 42 mpg on the highway. In addition, Consumer Reports calls the Accord’s cabin “very quiet” and note the Hybrid model “isolates road and wind noise especially well.”
The 2022 Nissan Altima is next, with a price range of $24,900 to $34,600 and fuel economies of 20 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. Consumer Reports calls the Altima “unremarkable” but says it’s among the quietest in its class, has excellent reliability, and its infotainment and driver’s controls are simple to operate. The only perceived downside to the Altima is its lackluster handling and suspension system that creates a “bland” driving experience.
Third on the list is the 2022 Subaru Legacy, with 19 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway, and prices ranging from $23,495 to $36,695. Consumer Reports appreciated the Legacy’s roomy interior and quiet ride but noted “low levels of road and wind noise” and an engine that “makes itself known” under heavy acceleration.
The second half of the quiet midsize sedan list starts with the 2022 Toyota Camry and its $25,845 to $36,270 price range. Consumer Reports calls the Camry “one of the best midsized sedans” based on its comfortable, quiet ride, fuel economy ranging from 20 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway, and intuitive controls. Overall, the cabin is quiet with “muted wind and road noise,” but the hybrid version is the quietest. In addition, the Camry features an available all-wheel drive option for enhanced traction in slippery conditions.
The 2022 Kia K5, priced between $23,790 and $31,190, gets 20 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway with its standard 1.6-liter turbo engine. The K5 shares the same platform as the Hyundai Sonata but Consumer Reports found the K5’s ride more comfortable with a “roomy and quiet cabin.”
Last on the quiet midsize sedan list is the previously mentioned 2022 Hyundai Sonata with a $24,150 to $34,750 price range and fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. Although the Sonata shares the same platform as the Kia K5, the Sonata features a standard 2.5-liter engine. Consumer Reports enjoyed the Sonata’s responsive handling but found it stiff and the push-button gear selector “counterintuitive.”
Quietest large sedans
First on the list of quiet, large sedans is the 2022 Chrysler 300, priced from $31,770 to $42,155. Equipped with the available 5.7-liter V8 reduces fuel economy to 13 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway but opting for the 3.6-liter V6 returned improved fuel economy in Consumer Reports’ testing. In addition, consumer Reports found 300’s ride quality, handling, and peaceful cabin made it “feel like a bargain luxury car.”
The 2022 Dodge Charger with prices ranging from $32,500 to $75,900 suffers from the same poor fuel economy as the Chrysler 300 with the 5.7-liter V8. However, the cabin is quiet and well equipped, prompting Consumer Reports to dub the Charger another “bargain luxury sedan.”
With prices ranging from $36,825 to $44,150, the 2022 Toyota Avalon gets the best fuel economy of the large sedans on the list, with 32 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway. Consumer Reports found the Avalon’s ride “plusher than most Lexus models,” but they wished its ride height was taller to improve access.
Last on our list of 10 quiet sedans is the 2022 Nissan Maxima, with prices ranging from $37,840 to $43,150 and fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Consumer Reports found the Maxima’s 3.5-liter V6 powerful, smooth, and quiet under all conditions but noted the continuously variable transmission, stiff ride, and low roofline detracted from their enjoyment of the car.