Is It Any Quieter Than Before? - 2012 Honda CR-V Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Honda CR-V Long Term Road Test

2012 Honda CR-V: Is It Any Quieter Than Before?

September 11, 2012

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Road noise has been an annoyance in the Honda CR-V since, well, the very beginning. Then again, no one buys (or should buy) a budget compact crossover SUV expecting total serenity, and if someone asked me to recommend one with a quiet ride, I'd suggest shopping for a normal hatchback or sedan instead.

That said, our fourth-generation CR-V seems quieter overall to me than its predecessor (2007-'11). We've logged official decibel numbers for both generations, so I looked them up to gauge the veracity of my ears.

2012 Honda CR-V
Sound level @ idle (dB): 39.2
@ Full throttle (dB): 72.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB): 66.4

2008 Honda CR-V
Sound level @ idle (dB): 45.8
@ Full throttle (dB): 72.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB): 67.5

So there would seem to be a difference, at least a slight one. Alas, I have to offer a caveat, because the 2008 model was tested at a different location (read: not at our default test track), so its 70-mph reading (at least) is subject to the different surface conditions there. My guess is that the 2008 CR-V's decibel level would have been a touch higher at our home track. (Of course, out in the real world, varying surface conditions are always a factor if you want to talk about road noise, and nowhere are they more variable than in a state like California.)

Both the 2012 and 2008 CR-V had original equipment, all-season Bridgestone Dueler tires, size 225/65R17 102T, by the way, but our 2012 has a newer version of that tire and no doubt a slightly different compound.

And just for kicks...

2013 Ford Escape (2.0T)
Sound level @ idle (dB): 44.9
@ Full throttle (dB): 72.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB): 68.6

2012 Mazda CX-5
Sound level @ idle (dB): 43.5
@ Full throttle (dB): 74.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB): 67.0

2010 GMC Terrain (2.4) (our long-termer)
Sound level @ idle (dB): 43.2
@ Full throttle (dB): 72.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB): 69.7

2010 Hyundai Tucson
Sound level @ idle (dB): 40.4
@ Full throttle (dB): 73.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB): 68.4

2011 Kia Sportage (2.4)
Sound level @ idle (dB): 42.8
@ Full throttle (dB): 73.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB): 70.6

These numbers all came from our usual test track and are directly comparable to the 2012 Honda CR-V's numbers.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 7,364 miles


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