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I don’t seem to see comments here on road noise. I need to wear AirPods when driving and talking on the phone. I work out of my car and this is not what I expected when I purchased this car. Are there other solutions?
 

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I don’t seem to see comments here on road noise. I need to wear AirPods when driving and talking on the phone. I work out of my car and this is not what I expected when I purchased this car. Are there other solutions?
Did you not test drive it first? I would think you'd have noticed "objectionable" road noise. Have you linked your phone to the car with Honda Hands Free Link or whatever they call it? Our '21 is fine using the phone hands free, noise isn't bad at all, dunno what you were expecting....again, did you not take an adequate test drive? Just wonderin'...
 

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This is the noisiest car that I’ve ever owned. My passengers and myself both complain about the road noise and I too have difficulty hearing phone calls over CarPlay but I just turn it up very loud. It also really depends on the road pavement, some roads are extremely louder than others.
 

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This is the noisiest car that I’ve ever owned. My passengers and myself both complain about the road noise and I too have difficulty hearing phone calls over CarPlay but I just turn it up very loud. It also really depends on the road pavement, some roads are extremely louder than others.
Tire brands and patterns can also play a part in road as well.
I have Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 215-55-R17 94V tires that have been on the car from new. I too notice that on some road surfaces it is very noisy inside, other times it is very quiet. Like the Dr., I just use the steering wheel vlume button to increase the volume.

My biggest issue with Carplay is when you make a call, I cannot hear the ringtone. If I turn the volume up so I can hear the ringtone, when the call connects it blows me out of the car. :( It is a minor bug bear that I can live with.
 

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Tire brands and patterns can also play a part in road as well.
I have Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 215-55-R17 94V tires that have been on the car from new. I too notice that on some road surfaces it is very noisy inside, other times it is very quiet. Like the Dr., I just use the steering wheel vlume button to increase the volume.

My biggest issue with Carplay is when you make a call, I cannot hear the ringtone. If I turn the volume up so I can hear the ringtone, when the call connects it blows me out of the car. :( It is a minor bug bear that I can live with.
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Spot on!

When I turn the volume up the volume of the ringtone so that it can be heard, the radio volume then becomes too loud and it gives me a fright! LOL Same goes when the call connects it is too loud for my liking.
 

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@suparoo,
Spot on!

When I turn the volume up the volume of the ringtone so that it can be heard, the radio volume then becomes too loud and it gives me a fright! LOL Same goes when the call connects it is too loud for my liking.
My wife & I both own Samsung Galaxy S10 cell phones.
For some weird & wacky reason when answering an incoming call, the call will sometimes come through all scrambled like there are 4 or 5 mixed signals coming in at the one time. Also the sound is so loud it sends you into panic mode trying to shut it down, that's how loud and distracting it is.
 

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Don't you just hate it when you type up a page and a half response to someones thread, only to realise you have misread the issue??!!

@lyn If possible, take someone with you and see if they agree with you that your vehicle is noisy.

You could try and do the journey in a similar vehicle to the HR-V; Toyota C-HR, Buick Encore and so on, and see how they compare. There are apps you can download that record the decibel levels on your journey for you to compare and contrast. You could try your local dealership for a test drive of a similar HR-V to your own and see how they compare.

Basic things for you to do are check your tyre pressures and make sure they are within what is posted on the label on the OS B Pillar. What brand and range of tyres are fitted to your vehicle, and what are their condition?

It may be worth going round your vehicle to see if any trim or interior fittings is loose.

You could do search online to see if others are experiencing issues similar to yourself on the same route as yourself.
 

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Overall the HRV isn't the quietest vehicle around. Tires do make a big difference and I have noticed in switching from the OEM Michelin's to Continental tires. If you want to spend some time, and not too much money, you can add sound deadening material to the areas underneath the floor covering. It is a fairly easy do it yourself job if you are handy, and can reduce the noise by a fair amount.
 

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Did you not test drive it first? I would think you'd have noticed "objectionable" road noise. Have you linked your phone to the car with Honda Hands Free Link or whatever they call it? Our '21 is fine using the phone hands free, noise isn't bad at all, dunno what you were expecting....again, did you not take an adequate test drive? Just wonderin'...
Yup, test drove. My car is a 2017. Road noise didn’t bother me until my callers complained that they heard a lot of background noise and had trouble hearing me. I took the car into different dealers and they couldn’t replicate the problem.

I had 2 different Android phones and then changed to an iPhone, hoping the problem was with the phone…
 

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Did the other callers highlight an issue when making calls with either of your previous phones, or just since you've been using your Apple device?

Microphones and speaker quality and performance on mobiles have come on leaps and bounds over the last few years. I can unintentionally activate Google search on my phone whilst it is upstairs and I am downstairs, or vice versa.

On the latest Android phones there is the option to reduce the sensitivity of the microphone, there may be the option to do that with your phone.
 

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I don’t seem to see comments here on road noise. I need to wear AirPods when driving and talking on the phone. I work out of my car and this is not what I expected when I purchased this car. Are there other solutions?
Often listeners have trouble hearing me when over 70 mph. I would have expected this in a small, light car with only a 1.8l engine and the noise level was an I expected it to be on my test drive.
 

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I have a ‘16 EX and as long as I have all the windows/moon roof shut and fan isn’t on high, I’ve had absolutely no problem with using the hands-free phone as well as Siri. I’m thinking the tires may be the culprit.
 

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The other thing to look at is it may have nothing to do with your set up at all, and the fault lies with the people receiving the calls.

It can occasionally be hit or miss when making calls to my parents, but I just hang up and call back and that normally resolves the issue. They are really the only ones I have to do this with.
 
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