When you get into a car, you naturally want it to be both smooth and quiet. If these factors are important to you, you’re not alone. Especially on long trips or trips in certain rough terrains, you naturally want to drive or ride in a car that won’t be bumpy and which is silent throughout the trip. Just like anything else related to cars, there are numerous reports printed about the quietest and smoothest riding cars, but because they each use different criteria to come up with the “winners,” it’s hard for any of those studies to come up with the one car that is definitely the smoothest and quietest car.
That being said, there are a handful of cars that tend to pop up on every one of these lists, simply because they are that good at providing such a smooth and quiet ride. In this article, we’ll take a look at three of these vehicles.
2020 Mercedes-Benz S Class ($94,250)
If your car budget is unlimited and you want something super quiet and super smooth, this is the car to consider. It is usually the most expensive car on these lists, and rightly so. When it comes to luxury, few cars are more luxurious or opulent, which is one of the reasons that it is always included in lists for super luxury cars, such as the one put out every year by U.S. News & World Report. Some of its many extraordinary features include an exquisite cabin that even has lounge-like seating, cutting-edge safety features, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, power soft-closing doors, and even a surround-sound stereo system, to name a few.
It also has a 12.3-inch infotainment system, smartphone app integration, wireless charging for all of your devices, heated seats, and a power rear-window sunshade. With all of these features, you’d expect it to be super smooth and quiet as well – and you’d be right to think this. One of the reasons this is so is because the car is more aerodynamically designed than many other vehicles, even other luxury vehicles. This design means it goes a long way in keeping every ride very smooth and extremely quiet, something that all car owners truly appreciate, especially if they travel a lot.
2020 Tesla Model S ($79,990)
The reason this car is always on these lists is because it is both super quiet on the inside and on the outside, meaning under the hood, thanks to its all-electric powertrain. Considering it’s a very large luxury car that is also an electric vehicle, the Tesla Model S is very reasonably priced. This is especially true when you consider all of its features, which include quick acceleration that is better than many other luxury vehicles, an all-wheel drive, superior comfort, second-to-none handling, and a range of up to 402 miles, which is incredible for an electric vehicle.
In fact, the 402-mile capability is nearly twice what many electric cars offer, and one of the reasons it is so quiet is because it doesn’t have a standard engine to make all of the usual car and road noises. In addition to all of this, the Model S has a sleek-looking interior that seats five people comfortably, a lot of cargo space, and cutting-edge technology that makes it feel like the car of the future. When you see a list of the best luxury hybrid and electric cars, the Model S is always on there.
2021 Subaru Outback ($26,795)
Although this vehicle is a wagon, it can compete with any compact SUV out there. It comes with all-wheel drive, provides you with a smooth and balanced ride, has good off-road capability, and handles better than many people expect this type of car to. It also has a great inside that includes two rows of spacious seats, high-quality materials, lots of cargo space, and a ton of tech features. When it comes to crash test ratings, it offers some of the strongest ratings out there.
The Subaru Outback comes with smartphone app connectivity, some pretty cool advanced driver-assistance systems, and even a rear-seat reminder. When you consider that this car also comes with upscale traits such as leather upholstery, heated seats in the front and back, a Rockford Fosgate audio sound system, a hands-free power liftgate, and front seats that are ventilated, you’ll understand why it rates so high in many different areas, not just in how quiet and smooth it drives.
Why Are These Cars So Quiet?
There are numerous factors that contribute to luxury vehicles being quieter than their standard counterparts. For one thing, the engines in these vehicles are normally larger than usual, making for a more powerful ride as well as a quieter one. Second, a larger cabin is there to give drivers and passengers a lot more room, which also contributes to the quietness of the vehicle. Finally, the quality of the features, which are already advanced, makes for a much smoother and quieter ride. Interestingly, as you can see by reviewing the above three vehicles, you don’t necessarily have to buy an expensive luxury vehicle just to get a quiet and smooth ride.
Many standard car manufacturers (such as the Subaru mentioned earlier) are now making cars that promise a smooth and quiet ride. This means you no longer have to pay $50,000 or more just to get a car that is comfortable and not noisy. Speaking of cars, you also don’t have to purchase a sporty car just to get a luxury vehicle. Luxury vehicles can be sedans, sports cars, wagons, and SUVs. The key is to do your due diligence and do some research so that you can find the car that is reasonably priced and whose description lets you know that it is a quiet and smooth-riding vehicle that you’ll enjoy from that point forward.
Just check the vehicle’s features, especially the high-tech features, so that you end up with one that will satisfy your need for a smooth and super-quiet car in the end.