I drive a 2001 Honda CRV (which I love), but the inside noise is my only complaint.
Volkswagen’s Tiguan is worth checking out if you’re looking for a compact SUV with a quiet cabin. The Tiguan starts at $23,200 for a front-wheel-drive model with a manual transmission. Volkswagens typically have a premium feel compared to the mainstream competition, and the Tiguan isn’t any different.
Cars.com senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder writes in his review of the 2009 Tiguan: “Interiors have been critical to VW's success in charging premium prices for its models, and the Tiguan SE delivers. On top of the materials and build quality, the cabin is admirably quiet even at high speeds, and the layout is ergonomic.”
The Saturn Vue is also worth considering for a quiet-riding SUV. Take note: Saturn is scheduled to be phased out by General Motors by the end of 2010, but GM says warranties and service will be honored at remaining GM dealerships. An entry-level Vue XE with a four-cylinder has an MSRP of $23,280. Cars.com’s Smart Target Price gives an estimated starting point for negotiations and lists the base Vue at $21,231.
Lastly, in a Cars.com faceoff of three small SUVs — the 2009 Honda CR-V, 2009 Mercury Mariner and 2009 Subaru Forester — our editors included an interior cabin noise category. Out of those three SUVs, the Forester earned with the distinction as being “better isolated from wind and ambient noise” than the others.
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