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I had a 2010 Fit and it was definitely noisier than my HR-V, but not much. Listen to music and it doesn't bother me. Not sure I have ever owned a car that was upscale enough to be quiet on highways (like my friend's Mercedes SUV!!) My 95 Subaru Legacy and 92 Toyota Corolla were equally noisy.
 

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I have a 2019 HR-V Sport. It's quieter than a 2006 Honda Civic. It's much quieter than a 1996 Honda Civic. It's not as quiet as a 2016 Toyota Camry. On the freeway I hear some wind noise and noise from the road. I wrote a review about it here: 2019 Honda HR-V – Year 1
 

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YIKES! I paid $472 USD including install, disposal fees, taxes, and replacement insurance.
A lot of stuff is more expensive in Canada. Thankfully, 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the US border so there's always a possibility of driving down and picking up.
 

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Over the weekend I was able to travel through to my parents who live approximately 40 miles away for the first time since I purchased my vehicle in March of this year. The route comprises Motorway and A roads (nearly all Dual Carriageway), and I found the HR-V to be acceptably quiet at around 60-70mph.

Windnoise only became noticeable when driving on exposed open sections of the motorway, just before re-entering the hilly sections around Stirling, for example, however, I was able to make several phonecalls without having to either repeat myself, raise the volume, or shout, something that was occasionally required in my previous vehicle.

I was aware of tyre noise but as it was never more than a slight thrum, it tended to fade into the background. I'm not sure what the OE fit of tyres are in the UK (or US, for that matter!) as I had them replaced with Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen2 prior to collecting the vehicle. I had these tyres fitted to my previous vehicle and to my mind these outperformed the Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance that had previously been fitted to the vehicle in grip, quietness and roadholding.

It should be noted that the roads in the UK are appallingly bad, and that is why we have started installing 'eye candy' like 'The Kelpies' at the side of the road, to distract you from that fact!


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But I'm hearing rumors that she is NOISY on the highway??? what do you recommend or think about this?
Depends on your perspective of noisy. I think it's noisy, but tolerable. It's an economy car, so I wasn't expecting a quiet, smooth ride either. I'd do your due diligence and know what you're getting into. The HR-V is Honda's entry-level, least-expensive SUV. Compromises have to be made for the price point.

Mine has a couple of squeaks and rattles and a few ill-fitting trim pieces. I also dented the hood while casually leaning on it (and I'm not a big guy). I also find it underpowered. It's fine for city driving and interstate once you're up to speed, but it's not a rocket ship even if I floor it and shift at redline.

What the HR-V is, is a reliable transportation appliance with low operating and maintenance costs, which is why I bought it.
 

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I believe for the 2019 they added "sound proofing/masking" to the line up
- my 2017 does have some road noise that is noticeable-
i was able to sound proof door and the wheel well for the spare and it helps -but Honda must have listened to noise complaints and addressed them- it maybe noise cancellation they added more than sound proofing
I heard that about the 2019 as well. I bought a new 2019 in January 2020 coming from an 08 Honda Element. I also on occasion drive my wife's 2016 Honda CRV, and I have to say, my 2019 HRV is quieter in terms of road noise than both of them. I'm super impressed with my 19 HRV so far!!
 

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I bought a 16 LX and it's far more quiet than my Rav4. But with any car, you get used to the road noise. Any one here will tell you about the CVT, if buying used make sure the previous owner had the cvt fluid change done every 36k.
 

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i have a 2019 Sport. It’s not noisy at all, actually relatively quiet! It has active noise cancellation and good insulation.
 

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Hello fello HR-Vers,

I'm really loving the size, look and fit of the HR-V. I'm in NYC (yuck) and am about to PURCHASE MY FIRST CAR. USED. My family is honda drivers, and I really like the HR-V's I see parked around my neighborhood. I need to test drive. But I'm hearing rumors that she is NOISY on the highway??? what do you recommend or think about this?

Thanks!
Chrissy
I have a 2016 HRV which I purchased new. I’ve NEVER had a problem with it being loud on the highway. I would buy another one tomorrow if I needed another car. I absolutely love it. FYI- I also love that it’s all wheel drive but I still get 30mpg!
 

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Noise is relative to what you are currently driving. IT is definitely quieter than most older economy cars. 2019+ models with better insulations and ANC are quieter than 2015-2018 models.
 

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The engine is a bit buzzy. But road noise and wind noise. It’s not really noisy. Do not expect Lexus quiet. But for a car in this price point, it’s good.
 

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Hello fello HR-Vers,

I'm really loving the size, look and fit of the HR-V. I'm in NYC (yuck) and am about to PURCHASE MY FIRST CAR. USED. My family is honda drivers, and I really like the HR-V's I see parked around my neighborhood. I need to test drive. But I'm hearing rumors that she is NOISY on the highway??? what do you recommend or think about this?

Thanks!
Chrissy
 

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My 2017 has substantial road noise on certain surfaces. It is not engine noise - it's tire/road noise.
I tried my Bose noise cancelling headphones in those situations and they work well, but they're really not legal and they're kinda a pain. Although I can bluetooth my music through them too so I like that.
I test drove the 2019 HRV with similar noise cancelling tech integrated in it but found it isn't that effective. I have heard Acuras have same system in them but haven't experienced that.
Road noise is the ONLY real complaint I have with my 2017 HRV and I am still very happy with it.
 
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