Consumers who buy a compact car are looking for a comfortable and quiet cabin, and you don’t have to buy a luxury car to get it. Which car manufacturer makes the quietest cars? A new study from Consumer Reports (by subscription) identifies the four quietest consumer compact cars. The 2022 Subaru Impreza now ranks second in the compact car category.
Because it’s hard for car buyers to determine how quiet a car is during a short test drive, Consumer Reports tests all models to determine the best new cars with the quietest cabin. The consumer compact models listed below are rated based on CR’s interior noise testing. All four models performed well in road tests, had good reliability, had active safety features and had the best crash test results.
The four quietest mainstream compact cars
You don’t think compact cars are quiet because of their lighter bodies and high-revving engines. CR has identified the four best models you can buy today. The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta ranks first, followed by the 2022 Subaru Impreza which is second best overall. The 2022 Mazda 3 is next, and the 2022 Nissan Sentra comes in fourth.
CR says: “Subaru is knocking it out of the park with the current Impreza sedan and hatchback, now among the top-rated cars in the compact class. The Impreza impresses us the most with its quiet cabin, roominess and user-friendly controls, and its ride comfort puts some luxury cars to shame.”
“We got 30 mpg overall with our sedan, which is commendable considering the standard all-wheel drive. The active safety features EyeSight system, which includes FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection, is standard with the automatic transmission but not available with the manual transmission,” says Consumer Reports.
What is the price of the 2022 Impreza?
The 2022 Impreza is available in four trim levels for customers. The seven different models are available as Base Sedan ($20,290), Base Sedan ($20,790), Premium Sedan ($23,690), Premium Sedan ($24,190), Sport Sedan ($25,090), Sedan Sport ($24,490) and Limited sedan ($27,890). Destination and delivery ($995) are included in the prices above.
What is the fuel consumption of the 2022 Impreza?
The EPA says the 2022 Subaru Impreza gets 31 mpg combined city/highway and 28/36 mpg city/highway in non-Sport CVT trims. The 2022 Impreza 4-door sedan with the 5-speed manual transmission has the same fuel mileage. The 2022 Impreza 4-Door Sedan gets 26 combined mpg city/highway and 23/31 mpg city/highway in non-Sport CVT trims.
What’s next for the 2023 Impreza?
Customers may want to wait for the 2023 Subaru Impreza which is getting a complete redesign. The next-generation 2023 Impreza will likely feature new EyeSight X driver-assist safety tech. Recent unconfirmed reports from Subaru indicate that the compact car could get a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. The all-new Impreza will arrive in early 2023.
Ahead of the arrival of the 2023 models, Consumer Reports now ranks the 2022 Subaru Impreza among the four best compact cars with the quietest cabins.
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Denis Flierl has invested more than 30 years in the automotive industry in an advisory role with all major automotive brands. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where it covers all models from the Japanese automaker. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.
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