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#56 of 66 Alternatives to 2013 CRV
Jan 12, 2013 (8:47 am)
I currently have an 07 TL, and have test-driven the new 2013 RDX - nice, but pricey and not THAT quiet (not as quiet as I'd hoped). I'm also looking at the CR-V EX-L. I've been a honda/acura guy for 30 years and appreciate their reliability and operation, and don't want to have to consider other brands but ... I want to pay $30k or less for something like the CRV, and want it to be reasonably quiet. ANY car in this class will have sufficient power and handling for me, so the noise is the biggest factor (along with interior fit/finish/appearance/comfort). I've heard that the RAV-4 is on the 'utilitarian' side inside. The Mazda CX-5 is pushing its sportiness, which generally translates to stiffer, noisier ride. What else is out there worth considering?
Note - I was never thrilled by my 07 TL noise levels; I replaced the original tires after 40k miles and put on some very quiet tires (Turanza Serenity), but after about 30k miles they turned REALLY noisy and ended up going back to OEM tires. Acuras, at least, don't do well with non-OEM tires I discovered.
#57 of 66 Re: Alternatives to 2013 CRV [steerpike]
Jan 12, 2013 (1:21 pm)
Looked at some relative quietness rankings for small SUVs (http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/new-cars-25k-to-35k.htm) and the RDX comes out on top along with the Ford Escape and the GMC Terrrain (RDX = 7, CR-V = 5, Escape = 6/7, Terrain = 6/7 ), although the latter two depend on you choosing the proper engine.
#58 of 66 Re: Alternatives to 2013 CRV [rikrikardo]
Jan 13, 2013 (9:30 pm)
I looked at the site you linked, but I could not see any way to focus on 'quietness rankings'.
I test drove the CR-V EX-L again today, a week after the RDX. It really wasn't bad, mainly higher pitch 'wind-like' noise around 80mph. I thought 'road noise' was quite well handled. I'm guessing the wind noise is due to the large rearview mirrors and roofrack, etc. I'm not ready to play roulette with a Ford or Chevy, I'm afraid, so I'll probably go with the CR-V ...
What occurred to me last night was this ... I have read that some cars (RDX, Buick Enclave) are using 'active noise cancelation' (ANC) to quieten their cabins. This is, to me, a great idea. I've use Bose ANC headphones on planes and such and they do wonders to block out the mundane 'drone' of engine, A/C, etc. I was wondering if there are variations on this that can be applied to cars as an after-market solution ... probably not due to the need for careful placement of microphones, etc. But something worth thinking about. I also wondered if it would work to use ANC headphones in the car ...
#59 of 66 Re: Alternatives to 2013 CRV [steerpike]
Jan 14, 2013 (4:10 pm)
Go to the web site identified. Pick a vehicle. On left hand side of the vehicle's first page, choose "Road Test". On the road test page for the vehicle scroll down until you see the noise level category. It also provides a rationale for the rating. For example, for the RDX it said the vehicle was somewhat noisy during acceleration, but had very low noise levels when cruising.
#60 of 66 Re: Honda Road Noise [lzc]
Jan 17, 2013 (4:16 pm)
What tires do you recommend for the CR-V to reduce road noise? My mother just bought a 2013 CR-V EX-L and she didn't notice the road noise while test driving the car but now says the road noise is killing her ears. I told her to look at changing out tires.
#61 of 66 Quiet tires
Jan 18, 2013 (5:17 pm)
I have heard that Michelin Defender's are quiet
#62 of 66 Re: Honda Road Noise [lovemyoptima]
Jan 19, 2013 (7:15 am)
We have a 2008 CR-V EX-L and also had tire noise problems with the cheap OEMs. When the time came for their replacement I switched to Michelin Latitude Tour tires. Took the vehicle on a 700 mile trip and the difference was amazing - at 75 mph the CR-V was quieter than my MDX. Now 2+ years later I still don't really hear the tires much, don't even think about them most days.
#63 of 66 Windsheild Wiper Storage Tank Level Indicator
Jan 25, 2013 (10:21 am)
Many have inquired about the missing warning indicator for low washer fluid level. The fact is that Honda does not put a indicator in US models, only those in Canada. The US models have a dip stick that does not serve any purpose. Asked if you could retro the dash indicator and the dealership said no. This and power passenger seat would have been preferred over the moon roof in my opinion.
#64 of 66 Re: Honda Road Noise [rikrikardo]
Jan 25, 2013 (10:26 am)
I have notice in the past that for what ever reason the Michelin tires seem to run quiter. I know they seem to last longer than other tires I have tried.
#65 of 66 Surge going into a inclined driveway
Jan 25, 2013 (10:33 am)
I have noticed that my 2013 CRV and others seem to surge turning right into a driveway with an incline. Now it appears that the transmission downshifts while you are pressing the accelerator to go up the incline. Its not a smooth transition but an abrupt surge.
I made sure I wasn't stepping on the break and accelerator at the same time so that couldn't be it. Anyone notice this?