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wow, did this thread take off since I last visited. But its all good.
I still go back to what I mentioned earlier and another recently mentions as well. I don't really get what kind of car class many think we are into here. Yes there is road noise and on given road surfaces can be annoying. But its certainly not the only car with road noise in this class. We are in what is basically a compact economy class of vehicle.
The compact car class has become one in which is now receiving more bells and whistles than it ever did before but imo we cant confuse that fact with the fact that its still an economy compact class of car. Road noise can certainly be an area of which greater concern is left for much higher end vehicles. I mean add the best road noise remedies, a couple extra features, and along with the already nicer cabins and existing features and what desire would anyone have to buy a higher end vehicle? wed basically then already be in one.
I think the fact of being in a nice cabin (even though an economy car class) gives a false impression and expectation of the quietest of rides. I mean if everything was hard plastic, less attractive, and an overall more economy oriented feel in the cabin, we may then better expect or accept road noise to match that economy class atmosphere we are actually in.
It could be similar to perhaps another economy car that may do the opposite where as they paid greater attention to road noise while yet left the cabin to offer a much cheaper economy feel and atmosphere. As implied above, if every economy car had all areas covered at a higher level of refinement, then well...we wouldn't be in an economy car.
A nicer cabin atmosphere offered can sort of be a victim of its own success. Get praised for being nicely done and more refined than whats expected for the class but then because of that very success it then gets more criticized than normal for noise vs a cabin that is lessor refined to begin with.