2013 Buick Verano Sedan Premium (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo w/opt 6-speed Manual)
The 2013 Buick Verano offers buyers a competent alternative to the handful of luxury compact cars available. It's handsome looks, crisp handling, and plush ride are noteworthy. The interior is a little bit of a let down, though.
ComfortRide comfort and quietness are clearly priorities for the Verano.
With the exception of a manually adjusted driver's seatback, seating for four is comfortable and very supportive. The center slot in the rear seat isn't intended for sitting, though.
This car rides like a much larger car with excellent road isolation and good damping characteristics -- as a luxury car should.
The Verano is noticeably quiet -- unusual for a small car but expected for a luxury car. Very little engine or wind noise; some tire noise depending on tire selection.
InteriorThe Verano's interior has all the ingredients of a luxury car, but they're all just slightly shy of expectations for the segment.
The center stack offers a complete inventory of controls, yet the array of buttons invites confusion. The standard touchscreen works well, but is a long reach away.
Typical compact-car-sized doors mean front seats are easily accessed, but rears require a little wiggling.
Priority was given to a roomy up-front accommodations. Rear seats truly meant for two only and a little tight on head- and leg-room.
Slightly problematic C-pillar, but optional blind-spot monitor and rear parking sensors help. No rearview camera available.
At about 14 cu-ft, the truck is a good size (and regular shape) for a compact car. Standard 60/40 split-fold rear seats are appreciated.
PerformanceAcceleration depends on the engine that's been selected, while braking, handling, and driveability are very good regardless.
The turbocharged Verano Premium is quick, especially with the optional manual transmission. The naturally aspirated base engine is noticeably underpowered in comparison.
With a firm pedal and good fade resistance, the Verano provides the kind of good brakes people expect in a near-luxury car.
Buick chose response and precision over sluggish and vague for the Verano's steering.
Regardless of trim, the Verano carves a canyon road with the best of them -- and feels confident doing it.
The automatic transmission is intelligent and responds quickly to driver input. The Verano is easy and pleasurable to drive in a variety of situations.
ValueWith a range between $23K-$29, the lower trim levels make a better value statement than the Premium does -- yet the Premium's turbocharged engine is much better.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Build quality is very good for the compact segment, but average for a luxury car.
There's a good amount of standard equipment on the base cars, and large equipment packages leave little room for customization beyond that.
It's a lot of car for $23,000, but as the total creeps toward $30,000, it's hard to justify.
Although we weren't able to duplicate their results, the EPA estimates for 'combined' fuel economy hover around 25 mpg.
The Verano comes with a very competitive warranty package.
Fun To DriveIf you can get past the cognitive dissonance of a Buick that's fun to drive, then you'll be one of the few who will enjoy this car fully.
For most people, the Verano will simply drive like a well-equipped compact car with excellent road isolation. There's more to it than that, however.
If you choose a Verano over an imported luxury car, be prepared to explain a great deal to your brand-conscious friends.
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