7 Hybrid Cars With the Quietest Cabins (With Pictures)

A noisy cabin – from road and tire noises, engine sounds, rattles, and squeaks – can eventually drive you stir crazy.

If you want a new hybrid car, consider one with a quiet cabin. It is an often overlooked aspect for car buyers to miss when test-driving hybrid cars.

We’ve researched and investigated all the hybrid cars available in North America to compile this list of the ones with the quietest cabins.

#1: BMW 330e

The benchmark for a sporty yet luxury hybrid car in North America is the BMW 3-Series.

The BMW 330e combines all its legendary sheer driving pleasure for carving canyons with effortless highway cruising and clean city miles with its 23 miles of all-electric range.

As the BMW brand’s best-selling model worldwide, the 3-Series offers something for just about every type of driver.

With the hybrid powerplant, it allows for a greener and cleaner driving experience.

It features a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor that delivers an exciting 388 horsepower under the right foot.

This hybrid BMW model has a clever feature called Xtraboost, which provides drivers with a boost of battery power under acceleration.

With that power comes respectable fuel efficiency, too: a combined 28 mpg and 23 all-electric mile range.

Featuring its iconic German engineering, you’d expect the build quality of the BMW 330e to be excellent – and you’d not be disappointed in the BMW 330e. It is at the top of our list of hybrid cars with the quietest cabins.

A fantastic vehicle and driving experience. What more do you need?

The BMW 330e has retail pricing starting at $46,595.

#2: Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda Accord Hybrid is one of North America’s most popular hybrid cars. Thanks to its sharp lines, excellent interior ergonomics, and comfort levels, it is also consistently rated as having one of the quietest cabins in its class.

Under the hood is a 2.0-liter gasoline engine paired with an electric motor that generates a combined 204 horsepower.

It is punchy when needed and whisper-quiet around the city and suburbs.

It achieves an excellent EPA-rated fuel economy figure of 51 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway, for a combined 48 mpg.

The interior is equipped with more sharp lines, an array of advanced driver assistance features, infotainment technology – and, of course, the second-best NVH levels for a quiet cabin.

The Honda Accord Hybrid’s pricing starts from $32,990.

#3 Toyota Prius

No list of hybrid cars available in North America is complete without the Toyota Prius.

The latest generation has undergone an extensive design, and its hybrid powertrain is still the star of the show.

However, it is praised for its hushed and upscale interior and is consistently ranked as one of the top hybrid cars with the quietest cabins – scooping the third spot on our list.

The interior is stylish, comfortable, and spacious – something that all occupants will enjoy. As futuristic as its exterior is, the interior is sophisticated. And very quiet, of course.

In terms of driving dynamics, the Toyota Prius provides 194 horsepower from its 2.0-liter gasoline engine and electric battery pack. It is zippy, too, only needing 7.1 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill.

The EPA fuel economy rating is also impressive: 57mpg in the city and 56 mpg on the highway. Clever and sensible.

The Toyota Prius has a starting price of $29,000.

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#4: Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

Sensible, stylish, and super-quiet: the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid delivers a hybrid car with one of the quietest cabins – among its other talents.

Driving the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid is fun, zippy, and fuel-efficient, whether in the city or on the highway.

The EPA rates it for 53 mpg in the city and 56 mpg on the highway – with a combined 54 mpg.

It is powered by a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with a respectable electric motor, making for a quiet driving experience for all occupants.

The Hyundai Elantra Hybrid’s retail pricing starts from $25,665.

#5: Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Claiming the fifth spot in our list of hybrid cars with the quietest cabins is the Toyota Corolla. It is only just slightly lower down our list than the Toyota Prius and offers much of the same quiet cabin as the Prius from just $24,145.

The Toyota Corolla is the darling of millions and millions of car owners globally, and the hybrid models provide quieter and greener motoring to its already long list of attributes.

Under the hood are a 1.8-liter gasoline engine and electric motor with a combined fuel consumption figure of 50 mpg, 53 mpg in the city, and 46 mph on the highway. There is an all-wheel drive hybrid model of the Toyota Corolla that scores 50 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.

As you’d expect, the interior is comfortable, and quiet, and is packed with quality materials, great infotainment features, and a roomy cabin.

It is one of North America’s most popular selling vehicles for good reason, after all.

#6: Lexus ES

If you’re seeking a hybrid car that’s slightly more luxurious and spacious than the cars on this list, the Lexus ES checks that box – and with a highly praised interior with a quiet cabin.

There are three variants of the Lexus ES with hybrid powerplants, ranging in higher power outputs and technology features.

Fuel economy achieves 43 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the open road from its 2.5-liter gasoline engine and battery pack. That’s excellent!

Of course, the Lexus badge means quality, refinement, reliability, and longevity.

This Japanese automaker is renowned for its high-quality materials, engineering skills, and luxury ride. The Lexus ES Hybrid holds that legacy high.

The Lexus ES Hybrid has a retail price starting at $44,490.

#7: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Taking the seventh spot on this list of hybrid cars with the quietest cabins is the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. With fantastic NVH levels, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid makes for a beautiful family car.

Distinctive styling inside and out, this Korean brand’s flagship sedan is striking to see on the move, and provides high levels of bang for your money.

That is thanks to a wide array of driver assistance systems, clever infotainment technology, large touchscreens, quality fit and finish, and luxurious seats.

Under the hood is a 2.0-liter and electric motor that generates 192 horsepower and 139 Newtons of torque.

That translates into a combined 52 mpg, with an EPA-rated 50 mpg in the city and 54 mpg on the highway.

Frugal and fun for the family – that truly is a lot of bang for your hard-earned bucks.

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is priced from $29,215.

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  • Ian Sawyer

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