Road noise is generally caused by the tires, especially if the tires are the
least bit aggressive. Most Hondas come with all-weather tires. Check with
the dealer to see if a low cost swap off is available when you buy the car.
In any case, test drive a similar car. Consumer Reports may have gotten one
that annoyed that particular set of drivers. Take their rating and
nit-picking with a grain of salt.
For what it's worth, my '04 Accord sedan is far quieter than my '97 Civic
sedan (and I had what were allegedly quiet tires on it). I know that a '97
is quite a bit older than an '06. Unless they've really quieted the Civic
since then, I would stay away from it if you're looking for a quiet car.
My 06 Civic EX is quite a bit quieter than the Mazda 3 I test drove.
Road noise levels vary a great deal with the type of pavement I'm
covering. On secondary (but paved) roads, it's pretty noisy, but on
most smoother types of pavement, it's a very quiet little car.
The EX comes with Bridgestones. Not sure of the model of tire.
(Firenza or something like that).
Some wind noise as well, and I'd rather have zero wind noise, but it's
not objectionable. I just notice that it's there, since I just paid 20k
Quiet is all relative unless you can measure it in dB's and some folks
interpret low frequency vibration as noise, though it may be too low
(frequency) to be audible. Here is my observation, and I am a Vibration
Analyst by trade in the power generation industry. I have a 06' Civic
with 4500 miles. I drive 120 per day. It is DAMN quiet. It has nearly
no wind noise at 70/75 and if you don't pay attention you can go 100
before you know it. It also gets a CONSISTANT 35-38 mpg. I also love
the highly controversial instrument panel layout.
There are too many so called "critics" out there that want to think
they are "Objective", but just want to bitch and tear something down.
This is my first Honda, not with standing dirt bikes and four wheelers.
But in typical Honda tradition, it kicks ass. I read CR as well and
honestly couldn't figure how it got low marks in that category. Every
day I get in I am glad I got a Honda and not some other POS.
Just my 2 cents...
I agree with you. And, people are going to be variable in their sensitivity
to various frequency ranges, as you allude. For example the crickets here in
the desert southwest aren't really loud, but they make my brain rattle.
They're just at that frequency that about kills me.
I have an 06 Civic LX and an 04 odyssey exl....
believe it or not the Civic is quieter than the Odyssey by a lot. That
said, the Odyssey has always been kind of noisy. I have a Suburban too
and it is MUCH quieter than either Honda. So it depends on your
Tire tread patterns can cause more or less noise;the directional "V" tread
tire generates less noise than tires with a regular tread pattern.Listen to
a big pickup truck with knobby off-road tires! You can hear them coming
from 100s of feet away,if not more.
I just bought a 2006 Civic Hybrid. It is substantially quieter than my
2004 Si or my wife's 2003 Civic LX.
I also saw that review and wondered where the reviewer was coming from.
In my opinion, this is a very quiet and civilized car. Then again, I
have seen the 2006 Civic Hybrid described as "jerky" in it's
acceleration and driveability. I wonder what planet some of these
reviewers are coming from. Personally, I don't want to drive a Cadillac
or Buick marshmallow.
Just my 2 cents.
We test drove the 2006 Civic Hybrid before buying the 2005 Accord Hybrid. I
think both could be described as jerky. When the engine is off because your
foot is on the brake and you lift the foot you do get a bit of a jerk.
Nothing bad but it is different. Driving the Accord 2005 kind of reminds me
of certain carnival rides.
Relative to other small cars, it is rather quiet. It is not a
Buick or other outstandingly quiet cars, but it is quite nice.
Also, noise is relative to a lot of factors, including tyres and
road conditions. Try it out and see for yourself.
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