Hey, compared to a type r the sti is quieter. I drive my sti everyday and its very comfortable. My friend has a type r with control coilovers and apexi n1. That thing was loud inside and out. I think the sti is even quieter than my 94 mr2. However, the tires make a lot of noise. I took my mom for a ride and she said it rode pretty nice and was quiet. But that was compared to the mr2.