The vans are a peaceful ride. Seat comfort is often a secondary concern. Since pickup trucks are often used for towing or hauling, horsepower is the order of the day. Additionally, cabin noise is another often overlooked feature if there is a lot of power under the hood there can be a negative noise review.
According to Consumer Reports, only two compact pickup trucks received negative ratings for cabin noise, and only two received low ratings for cabin noise, with the majority falling somewhere in between. Here are some of Consumer Reports’ most and least favorite compact pickup trucks for cabin noise.
Only 2 trucks received positive noise ratings on Consumer Reports
The Honda Ridgeline and the Hyundai Santa Cruz were the only two trucks to receive good ratings from Consumer Reports. The Honda Ridgeline has a cab and bed that are one piece rather than two separate body parts bolted together like with most traditional trucks. This can be a contributing factor to the lack of interior noise. Consumer Reports compares cabin noise to that of a luxury SUV.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz has a quiet cabin with suppressed road and wind noise levels. Because the turbo engine is powerful relative to the size and weight of the vehicle, it doesn’t need to rev as high, which helps dampen cabin noise. The turbo engine is powerful for the size and weight of the vehicle, reducing the need to rev the engine at high revs, which helps reduce noise inside the cabin.
2 compact pickups received negative noise ratings from Consumer Reports
Both the Toyota Tacoma and the Jeep Gladiator received poor ratings from Consumer Reports. The Tacoma’s rugged chassis and durable composite plastic bed make it a workhorse. However, despite having thicker glass to suppress noise inside the cabin, it remains at the bottom of Consumer Reports’ list.
In addition to Consumer Reports’ low overall score, the Gladiator’s poor noise rating is the result of its close relationship with the Jeep Wrangler. Wranglers are notorious for having loud cabins, so it’s no surprise the Gladiator is following suit. Wind noise at speeds over 80 km/h is very loud and the thin roof panels don’t offer much insulation.
Most compact mics land somewhere in the middle
Most compact tracks had average cabin noise, according to Consumer Reports. The Ford Maverick has been very popular due to its cheap price, which starts at just $20,000. The hybrid version is quieter than the regular Maverick XLT thanks to its ability to run on electricity at low speeds, which reduces engine noise in the cabin.
The Ford Ranger received similar intermediate scores from Consumer Reports. Although not as affordable as the Maverick, the Ranger’s resurrection has been popular among Ford fans. Some of Consumer Reports’ biggest complaints are wind noise at highway speeds and tire tread noise heard at low speeds.
The Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon received average ratings. However, the Colorado and Canyon were slightly worse due to diesel engines. The 2.8-liter Duramax engines are noisy, so gasoline versions will make less noise in the cabin.
Compact vans are great for hauling small items, so noise is a factor that can easily be controlled. Since it doesn’t require a lot of power, creature comforts can be easily incorporated without sacrificing functionality.
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