It’s time for me to purchase a new car soon. We have a 2002 and a 2010 Honda Accord sedans. They are good vehicles but their road noise is loud. Do you have suggestions for a quiet car that fits a short (5 ft) driver? In most cars, the passenger seat is not height adjustable and I can barely see over the dashboard! Yes, I currently use a pillow.
In the latest issue of Consumer Reports, one of the auto-related articles deals with “Best Vehicles For Short Drivers”. The recommended vehicles (in rank order) are:
As to quietness, I suspect that the best ones from that list would be the Lexus ES and the Mercedes S-Class sedans, but you will need to do your own listening to determine which vehicles from that list are quiet enough for you, while being in your preferred price range.
Yikes, that’s an expensive list! Plenty of less expensive cars have adjustable seats now. Try a Camry XLE.
Hondas are known to be a bit rough riding and noisy.
My late mother-in-law solved the problem with a $20 seat cushion.
Usually any cars of a higher trim level have height adjustable seats. You might want to take a test drive in a Buick lacrosse.
If he/she can find one…
That model was discontinued by GM several months ago.
… and they frequently have more sound-proofing.
Something like a Camry hybrid comes to mind. Your best bet is to drive a bunch of vehicles and see/hear for yourself.
If you can afford it, I recommend you check out luxury brands since they tend to be the most quiet, particularly Lexus and Mercedes.
If you cannot afford a luxury car, my mother’s VW Jetta happens to be a lot less noisy than my old Civic. My mother got a great deal on a used Jetta that was a former rental car.
We have a 2017 Accord EX-L and a 2019 Odyssey EX-L. The Odyssey is much quieter. The EX-L trim offers power drivers and passengers seats. The OP should be able to move the drivers seat close and low enough to make driving comfortable. @Munoz, if a minivan is acceptable to you, take a test drive and see if you like it.