2017 Buick Verano Pricing


pros & cons


  • Very refined ride quality that is comfortable and composed
  • offers comprehensive list of standard features
  • cabin remains quiet over any surface
  • competitively priced given its features.


  • Sole engine choice isn't very powerful
  • backseat is smaller than similarly priced midsize cars
  • touchscreen interface can be finicky.
Buick Verano 2017 MSRP: $24,115
Based on the Sport Touring Auto FWD 5-passenger 4-dr Sedan with typically equipped options.
EPA Est. MPG 24
Transmission Automatic
Drive Train Front Wheel Drive
Engine Type V4
Displacement 2.4 L
Passenger Volume 105 cu ft
Wheelbase 105 in
Length 183 in
Width 71 in
Height 58 in
Curb Weight 3300 lbs

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The 2017 Buick Verano proves that a quiet, comfortable car doesn't have to be big and, at the same time, that a smaller, more maneuverable car doesn't have to be loud and cheap inside. Unlike past small Buicks, this one is true to its brand values and we think it could be a great choice for certain buyers — especially older ones who might value its combination of an isolating driving experience and a more manageable size and price tag.

Then again, given its size and price, it is a bit of an oddball. It's not really worthy of luxury status as it falls short of similarly sized sedans from Audi and Mercedes, but then it also carries a much lower price tag. Like the rest of the Buick brand, it lands somewhere between mainstream and luxury brands. We would also point out that for about the same amount of money, you could get a bigger midsize sedan with roughly the same feature content and interior quality. Perhaps it's not surprising, then, that this oddball will be discontinued after 2017 without a replacement on the horizon.

Unfortunately, its previously optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine has been shown the door a year early. It provided the sort of superior acceleration expected of a more premium compact car — albeit with relatively poor fuel economy. The remaining 180-horsepower four-cylinder provides languid acceleration and disappointing fuel economy at 25 mpg combined (21 city/32 highway). Both are well off the pace of compact cars. Heck, Buick's bigger and more powerful LaCrosse actually gets the same fuel economy.

There are three Verano trim levels. The base model actually has less equipment than many base compact sedans these days, with a rearview camera and Bluetooth being reserved for the Sport Touring trim. Things don't actually seem vaguely luxurious until you opt for the aptly named Leather trim.

Inside, you'll find the sort of surprisingly roomy accommodations that have now become the norm for the best compact sedans. Most owners won't need more than it provides. The same can be said of its large trunk, which rivals those of midsize sedans. Unfortunately, the interior controls are dated and its excessive number of buttons may confuse and overwhelm.

So as much as we think the Verano is an intriguing alternative choice for some, it lacks a wide-ranging appeal. In most other respects we think that there are better sedans to be found here on Edmunds that will better meet your needs.

When a carmaker reskins an existing car as a more upscale model, the result traditionally offers little to recommend it over the less expensive corporate twin. This is decidedly not the case with the Buick Verano. Although it's based on the Chevy Cruze, this entry-level Buick is bolstered with more than a few key upgrades.

In addition to more sophisticated styling and a nicer interior, the Buick Verano also boasts a larger engine, a quieter ride and the availability of luxury features not offered on the Chevy. It all comes together harmoniously, as the Verano is a good example of Buick's efforts to produce more modern and engaging vehicles that maintain the style, comfortable ride and quiet cabin expected of the brand.

Current Buick Verano
The Verano is a compact luxury sedan that comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 180 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. It drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. A 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is also available, and it's definitely the more appealing engine as it provides much better acceleration with a minuscule fuel economy drop. Six-speed automatic and manual transmissions are available with it.

There are four trim levels: base, Convenience, Leather and Premium. Highlights of the base Verano include 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth (phone and audio streaming), a six-speaker sound system, OnStar telematics and Buick's Intellilink electronics interface and smartphone integration. The Convenience Group adds features including rear parking sensors, heated front seats, a power driver seat and a variety of driver warning systems (blind-spot, forward-collision, lane-departure and rear cross-traffic). The Leather Group adds keyless ignition and entry, a heated steering wheel,  leather upholstery and a Bose audio upgrade. Finally, the Premium Group is exclusive to the Turbo model and combines the Leather and Convenience features with a rear spoiler. A sunroof is optional on all Verano models, and a navigation system is optional on all except the base.

In reviews we've been impressed by the Buick Verano's precise steering and surprisingly athletic handling. Performance is more than adequate for daily driving, but the 2.4-liter is underwhelming for an entry-level premium sedan. The Turbo model is the better choice. One of the Verano's greatest strengths, however, is its compliant and quiet ride quality. Whether on a thousand-mile road trip or just running errands around town, the Buick Verano is pleasant for drivers and passengers alike.

The Buick Verano's handsome cabin provides room for four adults (though legroom in back is a bit tight for tall folks) and the overall fit and finish is on par with other entry-level luxury sedans. This Buick also offers leading-edge technology via its Intellilink system that allows streaming Internet radio like Pandora and Stitcher. Operation of Intellilink and other systems is intuitive thanks to a sharp, standard touchscreen and (admittedly abundant) accompanying buttons.

Used Buick Verano Models
The Verano debuted in 2012. In 2014, safety features such as forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems were added to the options lineup and heated front seats became standard on all Veranos except the base model.