At about 9 seconds to 60 mph, the Verano feels appropriately motivated by its 2.4L 4cyl engine. Good automatic transmission behavior, but we struggled to meet the projected 26-mpg EPA Combined fuel economy in mixed driving.
Buick's compact offers a surprisingly rewarding driving experience backed up by competitive performances at our test track with especially good steering and grip. Stability- and traction-control are driver defeatable.
Very good ride comfort; not just for a compact, but for any sedan. Well damped, good road isolation with only occasional front suspension harshness (e.g. over train tracks).
Buick took extreme measures to ensure the Verano would prove the quietest Compact car available: acoustic front/side glass, sound deadening materials throughout, and quiet aerodynamics.
A sharp, color, touchscreen infotainment interface makes many functions easy and intuitive. Center stack buttons/knobs are well labeled and mostly grouped by function.
Typical sedan sight lines, but with thick A-pillars that produce a crosswalk blind spot, and a high trunk line that necessitates standard rear parking sonar. No camera available.
Seat Access & Space
Head- and legroom are good for this very large 'Compact.' Front seat access and space are good, driving position is good (tilt/tele steering, height adj seat). Rear buckets are good for two, but three across is almost out of the question.
Cargo & Storage
Good cargo and storage, especially for a compact. Large glove box, large door pockets, medium center console, and 14-15 cu-ft trunk depending on equipment. Rear seats, however, do not fold to expand cargo capacity.
Buick made a special effort to generate a feeling of quality in the Verano with a solid platform and quiet running. Unconvincing premium leather and faux wood sadly detract from overall goals. Our White Diamond Tricoat paint was flawless.
Rated to 1,000 pounds (including passengers and trailer), there's not much you can/should tow with the Verano.