When you’re cruising down the open highway or caught up in heavy traffic in town, the joys of being in a quiet car really come home. Who needs blaring horns and street noises, the roar of trucks flying by? Sit back in comfort and navigate the road secure in the sounds of silence – or your favorite tunes on the audio system.

Who makes the quietest cars of 2014? We took a look and singled out the following.

2014 BMW i8 Plug-in Hybrid – Essentially, it’s a high-performance hybrid and the 2014 BMW i8 is an all-new model from the German automaker renowned for performance driving machines. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline three-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. Chemically-hardened glass is used (like that used in cell phones) to keep the interior quiet. Pricing starts around $136,000 when it arrives this spring.

2014 Chevrolet ImpalaConsumers looking for a good-size family sedan that’s quiet and comfortable and fuel-efficient besides should definitely spend some time in the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala. Kelley Blue Book observes that “no matter what engine you choose, the Impala offers luxurious comfort and quiet.” Quiet is also ensured thanks to acoustic glass all-around, as well as triple door seals. Pricing starts at $26,860.

2014 Lexus ES 350Totally redesigned in 2013, the 2014 Lexus ES 350 soldiers on with only a few minor changes. LED fog lights take the place of old-fashioned bulbs, and heated and cooled seats can now be ordered with NuLuxe perforated seat trim. There’s also the addition of Apple’s Siri Eyes Free technology to available equipment. But the quietness of the car is a stellar attribute. Kelley Blue Book says the ES 350 “delivers one of the most comfortable and quiet rides in the segment…extremely quiet at highway speeds.” Edmunds says “at highway speeds, the cabin remains remarkably silent, mostly devoid of wind, road or engine noise.” Pricing begins at $36,620.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class All-new for 2014, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the world’s finest automobiles, according to many in the automotive press. Pluses include unparalleled luxury and technology, an opulent cabin, effortless acceleration, loads of safety and entertainment features and comfort and quiet that is incomparable. Edmunds notes that “acceleration from the turbo V8 is ferocious, yet its noises are reduced to a whisper inside the cocoon-like cabin.” Pricing starts at $92,000.

2014 Toyota CamryAfter its 2013 redesign, the 2014 Toyota Camry midsize family sedan is not that much changed, although there is the addition of a new model, the Camry SE Sport, which only comes with a four-cylinder engine. For the ultimate in luxury and comfort, opt for the XLE model. Roomy interior, proven reliability and resale value, smooth driving comfort and better road handling than in the past are other attributes in the Camry’s favor. Kelley Blue Book notes that the midsize sedan “also gets high marks for its quiet interior, which might even seem somewhat eerily silent.”  


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