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Touring noise level is much lower according to Honda
Can you please provide a source?

My understanding is that there is no difference - that the Touring does not have any add'l materials or difference in structure than the other trims that would lower noise levels. I've read several source that state active noise cancellation has been added to all trims.
 

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Yeah, that CR review is the only place I've seen it mentioned, and on the drive where CR wrote that review (it was an auto-press event near Monterey, CA), only Tourings were available to test with.

I can believe the EX and up would have more insulation than the LX (certainly the interiors are dramatically different), but not extra-super-specialness for the Touring. (At least, not in this aspect.)
 

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I'd like to see that documented as well, I've not seen or read there is a difference in any of the other reviews or from Honda.
 

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On the subject of noise, has anybody noticed the gigantic blanket affixed to the bottom of their car? I am almost certain this is there for noise purposes, and I worry about it's longevity, and also about moisture being trapped between it and the vehicle... was this present in previous versions of the car?

Though it does seem pretty sturdy, so perhaps I'm worrying for nothing...
 

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Thanks everyone for the replies.

I also reached out to Honda customer support and their response was "Hello, thank you for your interest in Honda! Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to get that information. You can check out http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v and compare the two trim levels to see the specifications we have available on our website. We recommend contacting your local Honda dealer if you do not find the information you are looking for on our website."

Not much of help but it looks like no difference between the 2 trims as far as noise insulation.
 

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And, of course, the likelihood that the dealer would know about anything not in the brochure is pretty low. (The status of dealer sales education is pretty sparse these days; I doubt they receive much education outside of the same videos Honda publishes on YouTube.)
 

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"Giant blanket under the car" sounds like aerodynamics to increase the fuel efficiency of the Honda CR-V. Look under other cars and they may have something similar. These things usually fall off if you hit a lot of objects on the road or if the car bottoms out in any way. Honda could have made this part of the sound insulation also.
 

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This topic was touched on in an earlier post. The roof lining is in fact lower (thicker?) on the Touring. I was questioning if Honda is selling this as extra sound insulation, when it in fact could just be a cost savings measure. The Canadian Touring model has a panoramic sunroof. It could be they are using the same lining for both touring models, even though the US model doesn't need a lowered ceiling to account for the sunroof. Any official word would be appreciated.

Edit: OR American Honda made the decision to add more insulation versus the panoramic sunroof??? Either way, I guarantee the refresh will include a panoramic sunroof.
 

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Nowhere do I see that touring has better insulation
I'm starting to believe the "extra sound insulation" in the Touring model was just a mis-quote from an automotive journalist and not fact. I would think it would have been mentioned in Honda's detailed features and specifications published on the Honda News website.
 

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It's totally possible Consumer Reports got it wrong, for whatever reason. I would however like to hear the reason why the interior roof line is lower only on the Touring.
 

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If you read many of the reviews, they got the trim levels completely wrong. Some stated leather on the Touring and not lower levels, some talked about LED lights on other trims, all kinds of incorrect information in terms of what goes with what trim.
 

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This topic was touched on in an earlier post. The roof lining is in fact lower (thicker?) on the Touring. I was questioning if Honda is selling this as extra sound insulation, when it in fact could just be a cost savings measure.
Honda's parts eStore (with full exploded diagrams) is now up for the '17. The Touring uses an identical roof lining vs. the EX/EX-L.
 

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I saw the Consumer Reports video and called the service department of my local Honda dealer here in Chandler, Arizona. I spoke with a service advisor who confirmed that Consumer Reports is right... there is additional sound insulation including better noise insulating motor mounts, in the unit body/frame. I don't remember if she mentioned anything about the roof.
 

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Not to be rude, but I have zero trust that the service advisor really knows. My experience given the model run is so new, is that we here on this board frankly have somewhat more detailed knowledge of a lot about these vehicles than the dealer networks do so far. I know for sure that as an example, I had to show how a few of the features worked to dealer personnel, and the service advisors simply could not answer a few of the questions I had.
 
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