2013 Buick Verano Sedan - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2013 Buick Verano Sedan Premium (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo w/opt 6-speed Manual) Driven On 9/18/2012 Ratings Summary 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.
B
Comfort Ride comfort and quietness are clearly priorities for the Verano.
Seating Comfort
B
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.
Ride Comfort
B
This car rides like a much larger car with excellent road isolation and good damping characteristics -- as a luxury car should.
Quietness
B
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.
C
Interior The Verano's interior has all the ingredients of a luxury car, but they're all just slightly shy of expectations for the segment.
Ergonomics
C
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.
Ingress/Egress
B
Typical compact-car-sized doors mean front seats are easily accessed, but rears require a little wiggling.
Space/Room
B
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.
Visibility
C
Slightly problematic C-pillar, but optional blind-spot monitor and rear parking sensors help. No rearview camera available.
Cargo/Storage
B
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.
B
Performance Acceleration depends on the engine that's been selected, while braking, handling, and driveability are very good regardless.
Acceleration
B
The turbocharged Verano Premium is quick, especially with the optional manual transmission. The naturally aspirated base engine is noticeably underpowered in comparison.
Braking
B
With a firm pedal and good fade resistance, the Verano provides the kind of good brakes people expect in a near-luxury car.
Steering
B
Buick chose response and precision over sluggish and vague for the Verano's steering.
Handling
B
Regardless of trim, the Verano carves a canyon road with the best of them -- and feels confident doing it.
Driveability
B
The automatic transmission is intelligent and responds quickly to driver input. The Verano is easy and pleasurable to drive in a variety of situations.
B
Value With 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. $)
B
Build quality is very good for the compact segment, but average for a luxury car.
Features(vs. $)
B
There's a good amount of standard equipment on the base cars, and large equipment packages leave little room for customization beyond that.
Cost
C
It's a lot of car for $23,000, but as the total creeps toward $30,000, it's hard to justify.
MPG
B
Although we weren't able to duplicate their results, the EPA estimates for 'combined' fuel economy hover around 25 mpg.
Warranty
B
The Verano comes with a very competitive warranty package.
Ownership
B
B
Fun To Drive If 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.
Driving Experience
B
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.
Personality
C
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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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Buick Verano Sedan in VA is:

$149 per month*
* Explanation
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