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Old 01-29-2016, 07:42 AM   #15
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I changed out the crappy OEM tires with Michelins and it helped a little. Honda just didn't put a lot of road noise isolation in their vehicles until '15. Acura is probably better, but I don't know for sure.

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Old 01-29-2016, 08:38 AM   #16
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All the Hondas I've owned have been noisy. As many have mentioned tire selection does make a difference. I know in my Fit there was extremely little sound deadening material on the floor I never checked the others. I also own an older diesel pickup that is considerably louder than any Honda ever made. I did some sound abatement work to it and it worked out well. If you are willing to put some effort and expense to it you can definitely quiet it down.

While I did not use this website when I did my truck years ago I did find it later when toying with the idea of abating the Fit and it does give the "right" way to do it whether you use their products or locally source them. Ended up not doing the Fit as it got totaled in a nasty hailstorm a couple years ago. They have a section that shows material lists for quite a few vehicles that alone could be quite helpful. Just putting layers of dynomat or the like down will help but not nearly as much as following their advice. I did not do the roof of my truck, nor did I do everything they recommend but fairly close and my truck dropped 11db which means the sound level was cut by just over half. Quiet as a lexus no but way better than it was before the work.


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Old 01-29-2016, 11:38 AM   #17
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DW is a big time Honda and Michelin fan. Had a 95 which was deafening to ride in. Tried to get her to change tire brand, no go. She now has an 08, also very noisy. I convinced her to change tire brand. Now has Yokohamas, much quieter.

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Old 01-29-2016, 09:28 PM   #18
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We owned a 2003 Jeep Liberty, which had the highest level of road noise of any car I'd ever owned. I really hated driving it for any length of time. We sold it after a year or so, and then I rode in a buddy's Liberty a couple of years later. It was the same model year but very quiet compared to ours. The difference was the tires.

It's hard to know which brands and models are quieter than others. If the dealer or tire store recommends something that turns out to be noisy, you're probably stuck with them. It may be worth a call to Tire Rack or Discount Tire Direct to see what they'd recommend. Then do your research to see what experiences others have had.
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Old 01-30-2016, 11:23 AM   #19
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most honda cars are very noisy. people would think honda is so close to toyota it would dissect toyota's for a clue... wrong, honda just couldn't make it quieter.

i looked at mine, there is no insulation layer in between the bottom metal sheet and the carpet. no insulation on the doors... i wish prius were 4 down towable... my next toad might be a c-max.

tire does contribute to the noise level, but not a key factor. if you move a set of tires from a honda to a toyota, you will notice the difference.
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DW uses our 07 CRV and I use our 11 Jeep Liberty. Both have the same brand and model tires. The CRV is noisy (yr older tires) while the Liberty is not. Other than the MPG, we prefer the Liberty over the CRV (handling, noise, etc). Always wondered why the CRV was rated higher in Cons. Reports.
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Old 01-30-2016, 05:09 PM   #21
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We towed an 03 Element for years and just retired it last year. Loved that little car and you are right, it is noisy. As new tires age and begin to wear, the road noise increases. No carpet, just rubber mats which is part of it, but I can turn a water hose into the cabin to wash our mud and dirt. Even with the noise, I would buy a new one tomorrow if I could find it and it was towable. Never a minute of trouble for all those thousands of miles. We will likely keep it just to use around town and town the Jeep now.

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