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Honda CR-V, SUV
#34 of 66 Road Noise
Apr 06, 2012 (8:25 am)
The net/net is that when you test drive a CR-V, be sure to take it out on a highway, asphalt and concrete... and any other roads you typically drive. If you believe its too noisy, don't buy the car. If the salesman says "its the tires" then tell him to change them to quiet tires and you will retest the vehicle. He/she won't. Concrete roads are probably the biggest issue. In theory, according to rumors, the 2013's are supposed to be "quieter" which is a good thing considering Honda has been dinged for 5-8 years, over and over and over again, about road noise by just about every review media. Odd, Toyota's are quiet. Maybe Toyota's drive on a special part of the road or.... or.... for those that think it's all wind noise, they drive in different air. Or, Honda has a problem and is sloooowly working towards a solution (hopefully so)
#35 of 66 Re: Road Noise [ksayers]
Apr 06, 2012 (5:21 pm)
Our 2011 CRV is a lot quietier than our 2003 and, yes, tires make a big difference.
No store is going to change tires for a picky customer who "might" buy a CRV when they are selling every one they can get in stock.
I have had customersactually bring in meters and these people have driven Hondas and Toyotas back to back on the same roads.
Verdict? The Toyotas have been "slightly" quietier but not by much. People were actually surprised at the small difference.
If you like a soft, floaty ride you might perfer a Buick or a Toyota. There is a small noise difference but a Honda handles oh so much better.
I suppose what bothers one person is no big difference to another so if the slight difference is REALLY a problem maybe a CRV isn't for you.
#36 of 66 Re: Road Noise [isellhondas]
May 14, 2012 (1:42 pm)
My wife and I really wanted to fall in love with the CR-V, but after taking it up to 80 on the highway, we decided to spend another (gulp) 8 grand on the Acura RDX. Road noise.
#37 of 66 Re: Road Noise [quakerwildcat]
May 21, 2012 (2:28 pm)
Wow! 8000.00 for how much quietier??
A product on the market that really works well is Dynamat. It is amazing stuff. It consists of sound absorbing pads that are installed inside the doors, wheel wells and under the car. Everyone tells me that the difference in road noise is amazing.
We think our 2011 isn't bad at all but different people are bothered by different things I suppose.
#38 of 66 Re: Road Noise [isellhondas]
May 21, 2012 (5:40 pm)
Having to spend $8000 to get a quiet(er) vehicle is unfortunate. Honda knows how to do it (Acura). They choose not to. Reminds me of the 70MPH shudder on Pilots. Acura models... no problem. Pilots have the disease. Fix: install Acura braces on the Pilot at the exact location as the Acura. They bolt right on to the holes already in place (oddly enough....). Problem solved. Honda just started stripping off parts to cut costs. A case of unintended consequences. Strip off insulation or going to cheaper bushings and frame isolation... same thing.
I went to a Honda dealer Saturday. The CR-V is nice. Went to the Toyota dealer next door and looked at the RAV-4. The side-hinge rear is not as bothersome as I expected. Fit and finish were good. The spare on the tailgate is still unfortunate and I won't go with runflats. But it is quieter than the CR-V on the same roads (same air... both have marginal tires but going from asphalt to concrete is where the noise becomes readily apparent)
Next weekend its off to the Subaru dealer.
#39 of 66 Re: Road Noise [ksayers]
May 21, 2012 (7:48 pm)
That Pilot "brace" one is new to me?
Honda never stripped off any insulation. They just didn't add it in the first place. In the 14 years I sold Hondas, I can honestly say that I can count the times on the fingers of one hand when people complained about road noise.
I agree. Hondas do have a bit more road noise than some other cars do but for the masses, it isn't a problem.
I'm betting that if I were to drive a CRV and the Acura backto back with a decimal meter that the readings wouldn't be that far apart. I've had two customers actually do that!
And, nobody "had" to spend 8000.00 more to get a quietier car. That was strictly their choice. Again, what is a great big deal to some people is of little significance to the masses.
#40 of 66 Re: Road Noise [isellhondas]
May 23, 2012 (8:14 am)
Yes, they would simply not "add" insulation. The rear end brace was a hot topic on the Pilot board as a fix for 72MPH "shudder" that feels/sounds like wind buffeting. A dealer in Florida now has a "Pilot fix kit" consisting of the two braces (dealer name is on the Edmunds board). And, as noted, the holes exist as the support piece is duplicated on the Acura and the brace simply not applied.
#41 of 66 Re: Road Noise [ksayers]
Jun 01, 2012 (5:33 pm)
You've been looking at the same cars as I have with the exception of the RAV-4. (I can't get by the tire issue and the fact that there's going to be a new 2013 coming along.)
I drove the new Acura RDX. (I'm driving a TL now but need to get a wagon/SUV) The RDX leaves the Subaru and CR-V in the dirt. But it's 8K more and doesn't have as much cargo space as the CR-V or the Subaru. I love the looks of the Outback and the cargo space, but I've read so many complaints about its transmission and brakes that I'm hesitating big time to buy it.
Drove the CR-V about a month ago. It was noisy and felt small and light. Please let me know what you decide. I'm feeling frustrated trying to find the right car.
#42 of 66 Re: Road Noise [carteach]
Jun 02, 2012 (7:56 am)
How about Mazda CX-5?
#43 of 66 Re: Road Noise [superkarn]
Jul 02, 2012 (5:16 pm)
For the first six months we owned our new 2012 Honda CR-V SE, it was all quiet, no road noise at all. Recently, a very loud generator sounding noise started coming from the rear tires at higher speeds.
I took it to the Honda dealer and was diagnosed with tire chop (not rotating tires). I was only two thousand miles over. Honda would not help us. The tires are the original factory installed with 12,000 miles on them, same as the car.