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2014 Buick Verano Sedan Review

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Review of the 2014 Buick Verano

  • B Edmunds Rating
  • The 2014 Buick Verano deftly delivers luxury car qualities to the small car realm. It's a great choice if you're set on buying a compact sedan, but keep in mind that similarly priced midsize cars offer more space and superior fuel efficiency.

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  • Pros

    Comfortable and composed ride; quiet interior; strong and efficient turbocharged engine; superb crash scores; competitive price.

  • Cons

    Mediocre base engine; less backseat space than similarly priced midsize cars.

  • What's New for 2014

    New safety features available on the 2014 Buick Verano include forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems. Heated front seats are now standard in all Veranos, except the base model.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Quiet, nice, comfortable

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Vehicle: 2013 Buick Verano

I have had the Verano for two years now, and have put approximately 30,000 miles. Never had a single issue. The MPG is as it is stated in the sticker, get 32 mpg on highway 70 mph. The exterior design is elegant, quality is excellent. The seats are very comfortable, and you can't find a quieter car in this size. If your do a lot of highway driving, and gas & comfort is essential, you can't go wrong with this car.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Can't beat the value on

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Vehicle: 2013 Buick Verano

Never thought I would own a Buick but after test driving midsize after midsize and finding significant issues with each one, I decided to try this car after reading the positive reviews. After 5 minutes in the turbo, I knew this was going to be the one. All of the bells and whistles on a turbo sedan for less than $30K out the door is just a phenomenal deal. You really have to try hard to find even minor issues on this car. Limited rear leg room is not an issue for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

We love this car!

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Vehicle: 2013 Buick Verano

We purchase a new Verano with the Leather Group package and some additional options. It has ALL the bells and whistles except the turbo (which I didn't want). The base engine has more than sufficient power, the six speed transmission shifts super smoothly, the handling is outstanding, and this is the quietest car we have ever riden in! The Bose music system is incredible! The rear seat handles our 6' 2" grandson perfectly with plenty of leg and head room. On our last 200 mile trip through the Sierras and Feather River Canyon we got an incredible 34.5 mpg! After months of research and test driving MANY cars, we made the right choice! And it's a looker too!

3 of 17 people found this review helpful

Tacky fuel-guzzler; not what i

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Vehicle: 2013 Buick Verano

We already have an Enclave, which we like, so when my wife's old Cavalier was damaged in a crash we didn't hesitate to go for the Verano. And what a mistake that was. Like the Enclave the Verano is a heavy auto for its size that guzzles fuel and unlike the Enclave, it doesn't make up for it in other ways. The dashboard knobs feel cheap and require more effort to press than the Enclave. The green-white information screen looks like a two-tone video game from the 1980s. The engine sounds like a lawnmower. I test drove the version with the more powerful engine and didn't notice much difference. The view from the back isn't great. I must say this vehicle is a real disappointment.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Verano vs. semi = verano

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Vehicle: 2013 Buick Verano

My husband absolutely loved his 2013 Verano. It was his "baby". Sadly, it was recently hit by a Semi truck on the freeway (Semi driver's fault). My husband is undergoing neck, back and shoulder treatments, but he walked away from this accident. The Verano did its job of protecting him. The car was totaled all the way around it, but the passenger compartment stayed in tact, airbags deployed as they were supposed to and all the exterior safety features did their job so that the most important possession inside the car (my husband) was protected. We are very impressed with the Verano and cannot say enough about this wonderful car. So grateful to it and to God for protecting my husband!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

2013 verano - very nice

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Vehicle: 2013 Buick Verano

I've had many small to medium sedans, but this time I wanted a domestic near-luxury compact instead of expensive foreign makes or the usual mid-sized choices. The Verano fit the bill perfectly. Tasteful two-tone interior, understated exterior styling, and perfect size for an empty-nester or young professional. The base motor is only average in terms of power and MPG, but the overall goodness of the car for the price is undeniable. The well-equipped base model seems to be the best value, if you can do without the Convenience or Leather packages.

Full 2014 Buick Verano Review

What's New for 2014

New safety features available on the 2014 Buick Verano include forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems. Heated front seats are now standard in all Veranos, except the base model.


In the automotive world, it used to be that "luxury" was synonymous with size. But that's been changing in recent years, and the 2014 Buick Verano is a fine example. This entry-level luxury sedan has compact dimensions, yet still offers an attractively trimmed interior with reasonable room for four occupants and their luggage. The Verano also has more sophisticated road manners than you might expect from a small sedan. Factor in its modest price tag, and this Buick is a compelling proposition alongside compact and midsize sedans from other premium-brand automakers.

The 2014 Verano doesn't have a lot of flashy styling details, and its overall design is more sedate than some of Buick's other models. But the look is in line with the reserved character many prefer from an upscale car. The same is true for the interior, which is a cut above everyday family cars with nice materials and an impressively long list of standard luxury and technology features.

Buick gives you a choice of two engines. The standard 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder is adequate and goes about its business in the quiet manner you'd expect. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine in the Turbo model kicks in an additional 70 horses that totally changes the character of this small sedan's performance. This Verano is quick, and if you're so inclined, you can even get it with a six-speed manual transmission (in lieu of the more popular six-speed automatic).

The population of compact near-luxury sedans remains small, and not many of them put all the pieces together as well as the 2014 Verano. Its closest rivals are the 2014 Acura ILX and 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. Both cost more when similarly equipped, and the Acura simply doesn't offer as many safety and tech features, nor is it as quick or refined as Buick's small sedan. The Mercedes is more fashionable and luxurious than the Verano, but its tight rear seat will likely make it less appealing if you're frequently taking along passengers.

In that latter regard, even the Verano can't replicate the stretch-your-legs, all-day comfort of a midsize or full-size luxury sedan. If that's a downside for you, it's a good idea to check out midsize cars like the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, which cost about the same as the Verano while offering a great deal more space and, in many cases, better fuel economy. If a small, premium sedan is really what you want, though, the well-rounded 2014 Buick Verano is a fine choice.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Buick Verano is offered in four trim levels: Verano, Verano with the Convenience Group, Verano with the Leather Group and Verano with the Premium Group, otherwise known as the Verano Turbo.

The base Verano comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, cruise control, remote engine start (automatic transmission only), dual-zone automatic climate control, split-folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Buick's IntelliLink electronics interface (which includes voice control and smartphone radio app integration), a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, OnStar telematics and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack.

The Convenience Group brings heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear parking sensors, heated front seats and a six-way power driver seat with manual recline. Standard safety features include blind-spot, forward-collision, lane-departure and rear cross-traffic warning systems.

The Leather Group adds keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.

The Premium Group is the Turbo model. It features a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and combines all of the equipment of the Leather and Convenience groups while adding a rear spoiler. A sunroof is optional for all Verano models, and a navigation system is optional for all except the base model.

Powertrains and Performance

Base power for the 2014 Buick Verano is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 180 hp and 171 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with a manual-shift feature is the only transmission offered. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 25 mpg combined (21 mpg city/32 mpg highway) -- respectable numbers but lower than those of midsize cars like the Altima and Accord.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque is available only for the Verano Turbo. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but a six-speed manual transmission is optional. Fuel economy ratings are solid with either transmission: 24 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway) with the automatic and 24 mpg combined (20 city/31 highway) with the manual.

In Edmunds performance testing, a Verano with the 2.4-liter engine accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.0 seconds, which is slow for this class. On the other hand, the Verano Turbo hit 60 in 6.6 seconds, which is average for an entry-level luxury sedan, but quick compared with upper-crust midsize sedans.


Standard safety features for the 2014 Buick Verano include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, rear seat side airbags, and front-seat knee airbags. The standard OnStar system includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, an emergency button, stolen vehicle locator and active intervention, and remote door unlock. All Buick Veranos come with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, and starting with the Convenience Group, you also get blind-spot, forward-collision, lane-departure and rear cross-traffic warning systems.

In Edmunds brake testing, the Verano came to a stop from 60 mph in a class-average 122 feet.

In government crash tests, the Verano earned a top five-star overall rating, with five stars for total frontal-impact protection and five stars for total side-impact protection. In crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Verano received the highest possible rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side and roof-strength tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

It may be a compact car, but the 2014 Buick Verano is deceptively roomy. Drivers of any size can get comfortable behind the wheel and will find plenty of seat adjustability. However, the absence of power recline adjustment for the seatback (it adjusts manually) is a disappointment in a near-luxury car, as is the lack of driver-seat memory function.

And while the Verano has reasonable backseat legroom, it's still not as accommodating as a midsize sedan, especially in the rear center position. We suspect some of the rear seat room was relegated to the trunk, which measures 15.2 cubic feet, an impressive capacity for this class of car.

The Verano's dashboard has a sleek and subdued layout, which is marred only by a few too many buttons. The standard 7-inch touchscreen presents information in large, legible characters, and the arrangement of its icons can be customized as on a smartphone. Buick's IntelliLink infotainment connection allows integration of Pandora and Stitcher radio apps, too. As with some other touchscreen-based systems, the Verano's interface can occasionally be annoying, as it's slow to register finger inputs and sometimes misses commands entirely.

The Verano's interior is well-assembled, with tight fits between panels and, for the most part, higher-grade plastics than what you'll find in mainstream midsize sedans. A few of the trim pieces don't quite make the cut in an entry-level luxury sedan -- a reminder that the Verano is related to the Chevrolet Cruze.

Driving Impressions

The Verano's ride is probably its most appealing attribute. It backs up its luxury car aspirations by providing a supple, comfortable ride over almost any road surface. It's also supremely quiet in the cabin at highway speeds. At the same time, Buick's small sedan is steady and composed around turns, and its steering is precise with appropriate effort levels. We wouldn't exactly call the Verano's handling invigorating, but it's certainly competent.

Performance from the 2014 Buick Verano's standard 2.4-liter engine provides adequate acceleration in normal driving, and the automatic transmission provides smooth, refined shifts. Still, we'd be inclined to upgrade to the Turbo, which provides brisk performance on the highway with minimal sacrifice in fuel economy.

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