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I agree with many of the comments above. My last ride was a 2015 RAV4 Ltd. The '21 Venza is WAY quieter than the last gen RAV, and the ride much more refined, especially over potholed city roads (Seattle). But it is still surprisingly noisy on SOME highway road surfaces. I suspect they held back some sound deadening to keep it separated from Lexius. Very happy with the vehicle overall though, and vastly superior to last gen RAV4.
FWIW Alex, on Autos measured the exact same noise level between the Venza and the new Lexus NX 350 H. 71.5 Db at 50mph. But for all I know, he makes his measurements on smooth rather than course pavement, and that might be where the difference is, if there is any. Many decades ago, Consumer Magazine used to do interior noise measurements, and one of their criteria was 30 miles an hour on a smooth stretch of road versus a coarse stretch of road. Pretty awesome, they were documenting how much road noise any given car would make.
 

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1 decibel lower than a RAV4 according to C&D.


Not very good in my opinion given the RAV4 noisiness.
buy a Lexus if not happy with Venza. I have had mine since last April. Took several trips and live in /Atlanta with all the freeways. I am happy with it. Thanks
 

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To me, the noise can be easily eliminated by a pair of true wireless earbuds with reasonably strong active noise canceling. My favorite so far is Sony Linkbuds S. They cancelled almost all the engine, road and wind noises, while I can still listen to music or talk to passengers. Best investment of $100 until it's time to change the tires:sneaky:.
 

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As an engineer I wish I had numbers to share but I can say after owning it a year we are considering selling because of the high road, engine, and wind noise, as well as the unadjustable passenger seat requiring limber moves to get in and out for an avg height person of 5’9”.
Same experience here. Wife’s Venza is about 10 months old, and it is a nice car except for acceleration noise sounds unrefined and undamped, and the passenger seat is pretty uncomfortable after about 30 minutes. We are both around 5’8”, and both share this issue.
 

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It really wouldn't be too hard to make it quieter with some work, too. Put down some CLD material to kill the panel vibrations and then stick some fiber mat over the top of that to decouple things and take the high frequency off. Would probably be good in the trunk, doors, and fender liners for sure.
 
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