QOTD: Which Car Horns Sound the Most Out of Place?

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

I’ve been on a bender of buying and selling cars lately, which, in combination with my regular testing, has put me behind the wheel of a great number of new vehicles in a shorter time than usual. And, because of the seasonal influx of drivers from New York, New Jersey, and several southern states here in Maine, I’ve had the opportunity to use the horn in several of them. That has led me to an interesting question: Which car horns sound the most out of place?

Small car horns in large SUVs, big car horns in small hatchbacks, that sort of stuff. For instance, the Mark 8 Volkswagen Golf’s horn sounds like it should come from a midsize sedan, while the horn in my Toyota GR Corolla sounds appropriate for an obnoxious, small hatchback.

The horns of today, and cars in general, are nowhere near as exciting or interesting as they were in the 1980s and 90s (get off my lawn!), so let’s hear your weirdest takes on this question. Give us a honk in the comments below.

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • FormerFF FormerFF on Mar 14, 2024

    I bought two cars last year. Now that this post made me think about it, I have no idea what either car’s horn sounds like, I’ve never had a reason to use them.

  • Ravenuer Ravenuer on Mar 15, 2024

    My 23 CRV sounds like it has a horn from a little kiddies car. Almost embarrassing.

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    • Ravenuer Ravenuer on Mar 16, 2024

      LOL! You must be about my age. No they don't.

  • Jeff Jeff on Mar 15, 2024

    I always liked the sound of the horn on my mother's 72 Cadillac Sedan Deville. More like a trumpet a sound befitting a luxury car.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Mar 17, 2024

    What kind of horn attracts wealthy available females who are looking for a man to support? Asking for a friend.