Quietest Compact Cars From Consumer Reports' Tests

CR's experts identify the cars that are best at keeping the noise outside

2020 Mazda3 is one of the quietest compact cars
2020 Mazda3

Compact cars often get a bad rap for being too loud on the road. Their lighter bodies sometimes fail to dampen road and wind noise enough, and their high-revving small engines add to the problem. 

Sometimes it can be hard to judge how quiet a car is during a traditional test drive at a dealership. To help you purchase a quiet compact car, we've identified the quietest ones on the market. 

Our more than 50 objective and subjective tests include an evaluation of interior noise. We listen to the wind, road, engine, and tire noises that often penetrate the interior. 

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Below, we've identified the top four quietest compact cars from our tests. They're all Consumer Reports-recommended vehicles. 

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Quietest Compact Cars