No matter whether you’re driving alone or with the family in tow, if you value your peace of mind and are looking at new crossovers, take a look at this list of best crossovers with quiet cabins. Here’s a hint: They’re not all luxury (translate: super expensive) models.

  • 2011 GMC TerrainCompact sport utilities that are designed to be more car-like, popularly known as CUVs or crossovers, are the go-to vehicle of choice for

    many families these days. They’re cheaper, easier to drive, and more fuel-efficient than their larger SUV brethren and competitors. The GMC Terrain and sibling Chevrolet Equinox are compact crossovers that take quiet cabins to the next level. This is particularly true with the upscale 2011 GMC Terrain. Sure, the GMC Terrain costs more than the Chevy Equinox, but you get more as well. Edmunds comments: “The 2011 GMC Terrain…is a small crossover SUV that manages to feel grown up and refined at the same time…quiet and attractive cabin, sophisticated ride, top-notch safety scores, roomy back seat, plenty of standard and optional features, good fuel economy.” Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the 2011 GMC Terrain is $24,250.

  • 2011 Dodge JourneyReviewers have a lot of praise for the 2011 Dodge Journey, especially how well it differentiates itself from its previous iteration. New for

    2011, Journey features a new interior with seating for five or seven, and the addition of a new 283-horsepower Pentastar V-6 engine. Newsday says: “Helping make the Journey a road-trip hero is its quiet interior. Dodge added sound-deadening material to improve resistance to noise, vibration and harshness, and it works. Road and wind noise are at levels I’d expect in a luxury car, not in an SUV that starts at $22,245.”

  • 2011 Buick EnclaveSharing a platform with the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, the more upscale 2011 Buick Enclave midsize crossover with seating for

    eight features a whisper-quiet cabin that’s accommodating to driver and passengers – plus power, handling, and features galore. Consumer Guide lists the 2011 Buick Enclave as a Best Buy and remarks: “Luxury sedan quietness is an Enclave hallmark. Road rumble is well controlled, and wind noise is limited to a slight whistle from the mirrors at highway speeds. The engine growls pleasantly at acceleration and is nearly silent at cruise.” Starting MSRP for the 2011 Buick Enclave is $35,615.

  • 2011 Volkswagen TiguanDon’t let its name fool you, the 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan is a quiet crossover in the compact segment that offers consumers a capable ride powered by 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine and EPA-estimated fuel economy of 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway with six-speed manual transmission (20/25 mpg with six-speed automatic and six-speed automatic with Tiptronic, Sport Mode and 4Motion). Kelley Blue Book comments (on the 2010 VW Tiguan): “On the highway, the Tiguan’s well-insulated cabin minimizes outside noise, even with the enormous panoramic glass sunroof installed.” Starting MSRP for the 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan s $23,720. Tiguan also comes standard with a three-year/36,000-mile no-charge scheduled maintenance program.

Other best crossovers with quiet cabins to consider include the 2011 Cadillac SRX, Audi Q5, Subaru Forester, and Volvo XC60. Of course, if money is no object, also look at the 2011 Cadillac Escalade, considered by many as the epitome of luxury inside and bling outside. There are also top-end crossovers with quiet cabins from Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Infiniti, and Lincoln. In other words, there’s a little something for everyone’s taste.

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