Buick Verano

2016 Buick Verano

The Buick Verano is a compact sedan positioned below the midsize Regal, with a starting price substantially lower.

A new Verano Sport Touring edition joins the lineup for the 2016 model year, with special 18-inch black-pocket wheels and a rear lip spoiler. Otherwise, little has changed for 2016, other than a switch from a six-way to an eight-way power drivers seat. Verano was introduced for the 2012 model year.

The Verano emphasizes comfort and quietness over power and we found it well-composed underway and pleasantly hushed beyond its class. Connectivity possibilities and safety score well. Fuel economy is not a strong point, however.

Designers took existing GM architecture, originated for the Chevrolet Cruze, and transformed it into a distinctive sedan for a new premium segment. If the sporty nature of an Audi A3 or Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class isnt to your liking, the Buick Verano presents an appealing alternative. Overall level of refinement ranks among the best in its segment.

A few hints of Buick heritage can be discerned in the Veranos grille and interior, helping to sublimate its small-car proportions. Almost all styling cues are tasteful and subdued, except for Ventiports (the simulated portholes found on Buicks dating back for decades). Because Buick is a premium brand, even its entry-level model deserves a richly finished interior, highlighted by softly lit gauges.

Two engines are available, with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 180 horsepower. Acceleration performance from 0 to 60 mph takes about 8.6 seconds. Thats on the slowpoke side of the performance equation, but a large proportion of customers should find it satisfactory.

Buicks 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine alters the Verano experience considerably, reaching well past the four-cylinders lukewarm performance. Suffering virtually no turbo lag, the Verano Premium Turbo edition can reach 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds, a very quick performance. Turbos get slightly quicker steering ratio and a modestly firmer ride. A manual gearbox is available.

In government crash-testing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave Verano five stars overall. Verano earned a Good rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but no small-overlap test was run. An opt-in service, called FamilyLink, lets parents know where teen drivers are at all times.


2014 Buick Verano

The Buick Verano is a premium compact car with a luxurious five-passenger interior. A very enjoyable sedan to drive, Verano costs thousands less than such rivals as the Acura ILX, Lexus IS 250, and Audi A3.

Verano launched as a 2012 model, and a turbocharged engine joined the lineup for 2013. Newly available safety features for the 2014 Buick Verano include Forward Collision Alert and a Lane Departure Warning, which are standard in the top two trim levels. Enhanced for 2014, Buicks IntelliLink infotainment system gains text message support, Siri Eyes Free, and smartphone voice-recognition pass-through. Text message support alerts the driver to new messages, which can be read aloud, viewed, and responded to (depending on the smartphone thats used). IntelliLink also enables streaming audio from a cell phone, via services such as Pandora Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio. Heated front seats have become standard for 2014 on all but the base model. The top three trim levels also gain a universal home remote with three-channel programmable garage door opener for the 2014 model year.

Buick Verano comes standard with GMs 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which incorporates direct injection and variable valve timing. It makes 180 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, which is enough for most situations. We found it notably smooth and exceptionally quiet. The 6-speed automatic transmission reacts appropriately whether driving casually or standing on the gas. The 2.4-liter engine gets an EPA fuel-economy estimate of 21/32 mpg City/Highway.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It adds to the fun, giving the Verano Turbo robust acceleration and willing passing power to go with its natural athleticism. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is available with either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2.0-liter turbo is EPA-rated at 21/30 mpg City/Highway with automatic, 20/31 mpg with manual.

All Buick Verano models come with a rearview camera and Buicks IntelliLink infotainment system. Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are available. SiriusXM Travel Link is offered, along with SiriusXM Tune Select; it allows occupants to tag artists and song names, triggering a pop-up on the screen when they are played on any satellite radio channel.

A compact car based on the Chevrolet Cruze, Verano is six inches longer than the Mazda3, and three inches longer than the Lexus IS 250. Verano is an attractive car with a short nose, steeply raked windshield, and crisp character lines. A black waterfall grille leads the way, and traditional Buick portholes are evident. Premium models have dual exhaust outlets. Standard machined-alloy wheels hold 18-inch tires, or forged alloy wheels can be added as an option.

The Buick interior is classy, with a rugged cloth and vinyl upholstery in the base model, with excellent leather in higher-line models. Interior trim is elegant, the center stack is simple and graceful, and the bucket seats are comfortable. Standard equipment includes pushbutton engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, an electronic parking brake, a self-dimming inside mirror, and a six-way power drivers seat. A heated steering wheel is available. Leather and Premium models have heated outside mirrors.

Verano is a very pleasant car to drive. We were impressed with its sporty character. Cornering, transmission performance, and ride quality are all impressive. We found the handling crisp and responsive. The brakes were firm and progressive as well.


2013 Buick Verano

The Buick Verano is a premium compact car with a luxurious interior that's very enjoyable to drive. Launched as a 2012 model, Verano costs thousands less than the Acura ILX, Lexus IS 250, and Audi A3.

New for 2013 is the addition of a turbocharged engine to the lineup. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It adds to the fun, giving the 2013 Verano Turbo robust acceleration and willing passing power to go with its natural athleticism. The 2.0-liter engine is available with a 6-speed automatic or a new 6-speed manual transmission that makes its debut in the 2013 Verano.

The 2013 Buick Verano comes standard with GM's 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder with direct injection and variable valve timing comes standard. It makes 180 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, enough for most situations. It's notably smooth and exceptionally quiet. The 6-speed automatic transmission reacts appropriately whether you're driving casually or hard on the gas.

All 2013 Buick Verano models come standard with a rearview camera and Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system, and Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are newly available. Buick says the IntelliLink system also has improved voice controls this year. SiriusXM Travel Link is now offered, and SiriusXM Tune Select is added; it allows occupants to tag artists and song names, triggering a pop up on the screen when they are played on any satellite radio channel.

A compact car based on the Chevrolet Cruze, Verano is six inches longer than the Mazda3, and three inches longer than the Lexus IS 250. Verano is an attractive car with a short nose, steeply raked windshield, and crisp character lines.

The Buick interior is classy, with a rugged cloth and vinyl upholstery in the base model and excellent leather especially in higher line models. Interior trim is elegant, the center stack is simple and graceful, and the bucket seats are comfortable.

Verano is a very pleasant car to drive. We were impressed with the sporty character. Cornering, transmission performance, and ride quality are all impressive. We found the handling crisp and responsive. The brakes were firm and progressive as well.


 

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