Tom, Woodland Hills, Calif.

The Hyundai Genesis is a highly refined sedan with a smooth, quiet V-6 engine and an interior that is well isolated from outside disturbances. Even before adding any options, however, you will be over your $35,000 price threshold: The base price is $34,200, and the destination charge is $895.


The Hyundai Azera is a lower-priced alternative with a base price of $33,145 (including destination); it's a refined sedan with low noise levels, though it lacks the polished road manners of the Genesis.

The Chevrolet Malibu will easily fall under your $35,000 price limit and is one of the quietest midsize cars, as noted in our review of an Eco model here. Other versions with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder also are commendably quiet except for occasional engine groan when accelerating.

The Buick Verano compact sedan with the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder has an impressively quiet interior, and wind and road noise are minimal even at highway speeds. The Verano is related to the Chevrolet Cruze, which also is quieter than most compact sedans, but the Buick version seems to benefit from better sound insulation.

The larger Buick LaCrosse also has low noise levels, though most versions start out at more than $35,000 and even lower-priced models can top that level with options.

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Answered by Rick Popely on June 24, 2013 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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