Used 2013 Buick Verano
Used 2013 Buick Verano for Sale
Edmunds' Expert Review
The 2013 Buick Verano deftly delivers luxury car qualities to the small car realm.
The 2013 Buick Verano provides the comfortable ride, interior serenity and luxury features of a full-size sedan. However, it's not a full-size sedan -- it's a compact. Because of this, it features parking-friendly dimensions, more nimble handling, a cheaper price and better fuel efficiency. That's what we call a win-win.
Not only does the Verano drive like a Buick LaCrosse -- which is a good thing -- it looks like one, too. It has an upscale albeit slightly anonymous look that should certainly resonate with those who appreciate Buick's conservative, near-luxury vibe. This ambience carries over to the interior, which is attractive and well put together, and can be outfitted with upper-crust luxury features.
And although it certainly doesn't offer the interior space of a full-size sedan, the Buick Verano makes good use of what it has. It is comfortable for four occupants, and its large trunk can swallow luggage easier than the larger LaCrosse.
The new-for-2013 Buick Verano Turbo addresses the one attribute we find most lacking in the standard Verano: power. The Turbo's turbocharged 250-horsepower engine represents a 70-hp power hike over the base Verano engine and tops just about every entry-level luxury sedan. You can even get this engine with a manual transmission. We doubt many will make this choice, but those who do are likely to appreciate the driving involvement that comes from operating the six-speed manual.
Overall, we think quite highly of the Verano. The new 2013 Acura ILX is its closest competitor, but we prefer the Buick for its less expensive price, quieter cabin and superior driving dynamics. The Acura feels like a fancy Civic, whereas the Verano feels like a shrunken LaCrosse. Other alternatives might be the 2013 Audi A3 or top-end models of midsize sedans like the Ford Fusion or Nissan Altima. But for most people -- especially empty-nesters -- we think the Verano represents a best-of-both-worlds scenario of full-size attributes in a compact package.
Trim levels & features
The 2013 Buick Verano is offered in four trim levels: base, the Verano with the Convenience Group, the Verano with the Leather Group and the Verano Premium.
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, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, OnStar telematics and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB/iPod interface, an auxiliary audio jack and Buick's IntelliLink personal-electronics connection system.
The Convenience Group brings heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a blind-spot warning system, rear parking sensors and a six-way power driver seat with manual recline. The Leather Group adds keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.
The Verano Premium Group is the Turbo model. In addition to the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, it combines all the equipment of the Leather and Convenience groups and adds a rear spoiler. A sunroof is optional for all Verano models, and a navigation system is optional for all models except the base.
Performance & mpg
Base power for the 2013 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 21 mpg city/32 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque is available only for the Verano with the Premium Group, otherwise known as the Verano Turbo. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but a six-speed manual transmission is optional. Fuel economy is high regardless of transmission, with 21/30/24 estimated for the automatic and 20/24/31 for the manual.
In Edmunds performance testing, the Verano accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.0 seconds, which is slow for cars in this class. On the other hand, the Turbo hit 60 in 6.6 seconds, which is about average for an entry-level luxury sedan, but quick compared to upper-crust midsize sedans.
Standard safety features for the 2013 Buick Verano include front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, rear-seat side airbags, front-seat knee airbags, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control and OnStar. 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 frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests.
The Verano's ride is probably its most appealing attribute. It's hard to think of a car in its price range that offers this much comfort and composure -- the Verano feels like a much larger car. At the same time, the Verano's dimensions and well-tuned chassis deliver a satisfying degree of precision and body control. The steering earns some credit here as well, with appropriate weighting and a decent amount of feedback.
The performance from the standard Verano's 2.4-liter engine is underwhelming. Granted, acceleration is sufficient, but you really must go to the new-for-2013 Buick Verano Turbo for acceleration worthy of a luxury-class car. The Verano Turbo turns up the wick for engine performance and provides beefy midrange power that sufficiently plants you in your seat.
The 2013 Buick Verano is a small sedan, but it doesn't give occupants a sense of being pinched for space. Tall drivers won't have a problem finding a comfortable seating position, but its manual seatback adjustment and no available memory functions are a curious omission in an otherwise loaded features list. The Verano can also handle three other good-sized adults as well, thanks to decent rear legroom. Most midsizers offer more, however. The trunk holds a maximum of 15.2 cubic feet of cargo, a pretty impressive figure for this class of car.
There's an elegant design to the Verano's dashboard, though there are a few too many buttons. The standard 7-inch screen in the center stack presents information in large, legible characters, while the arrangement of its icons can be customized like on a smartphone. The IntelliLink connection brings streaming for Pandora and Stitcher radio as well as streaming of music native to the device itself, so few will find the Verano lacking in infotainment capability. As with some other touchscreen-based systems, the Verano's interface can be annoying at times due to its inability to quickly register finger inputs.
The Verano's interior is assembled to a generally high standard, with the kind of tight fits between panels and mostly higher-grade plastics one would expect of a car with a premium badge. Most of the frequently touched surfaces have soft or at least welcoming textures, although some of the trim pieces push the boundary of "luxury" definition, an occasional reminder that the Verano does come from the same platform as the Chevrolet Cruze. But considering the modest starting price of the Verano, the interior is up to reasonable expectations and even exceeds in some areas.
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The navigation system is set for the Avenue of the Giants, 609 miles away from our home base in Los Angeles. To get there requires a tiresome slog along the noisy, pockmarked Interstate 5, followed by roughly the same distance on the nicer, though hardly glass-smooth U.S. 101 through Northern California. It's the type of journey that just begs for the comfort and quiet provided by a full-size sedan, preferably one with all the luxury bells and whistles.
Sure enough, the road is littered with full-sizers ferrying families and couples on their own road trips. However, we're not in one of them. Instead, it's a 2013 Buick Verano Turbo that has set a course for the towering redwoods of California's northernmost reaches.
Truth be told, this unassuming compact based on the Chevrolet Cruze platform hardly seemed like the impetus for an epic journey. Worse yet, its cheaper price and compact dimensions would struggle to deliver the qualities you look for on a road trip, while its Buick-ness would make for a depressing time on the winding roads up north.
As it turned out, none of that was true. The 2013 Buick Verano Turbo was the perfect car for the trip.
Smaller, yet More Powerful
Another key attribute of a good road trip car is power. Nobody wants to pull out to pass a semi with traffic bearing down on them from the left lane only to discover that the little four-cylinder under the hood can't keep up. That's the case with the stock Buick Verano and its 2.4-liter Ecotec mill that brings it to 60 mph in 9 seconds flat. That's average for four-cylinder family sedans, but leisurely nevertheless, and not what we want on the hills and grades in NorCal.
Nothing a little forced induction can't fix. The Turbo in our tester's name refers to the 2.0-liter, turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder new to the Verano for 2013. It's rated at 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It's essentially a detuned version of the engine placed longitudinally in the Cadillac ATS, and a more distant relative of the one found in the cult-favorite Cobalt SS.
That power is sent to the front wheels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission, but our tester came with the optional six-speed manual transmission that can be ordered at no cost. You read that right, a Buick with a manual, and it's not even one with sporting pretensions like the Regal GS.
The Enthusiast's Choice
Frankly, it's an unusual sensation rowing your own in a car of the Verano's look, price and character. Add to that the gearbox's long, leisurely throws, and it's hard not to look around and double-check that you haven't been suddenly transported to Europe.
And yet, praise be to Buick for including it on the options list. Sure, few buyers are likely to opt for it, but those few will enjoy a level of involvement and control all those automatic drivers will not. We also have a sneaking suspicion that the automatic would've been an annoyance on those aforementioned grades, eagerly selecting 6th gear at the earliest opportunity for fuel economy.
No such worry with the manual. We weren't forced to laze along in 6th gear, yet the Verano still achieved a superb 29.5 mpg on our 1,500-mile journey. The EPA estimates are 20 city/31 highway mpg and 24 mpg combined, so we consider the 29.5 number pretty strong given the hilly Northern California terrain.
Let's not forget about the engine, though. It has a lovely, linear midrange that sufficiently plants you in your seat and eliminates some of the need to downshift — regardless of transmission. At the test track, our 2013 Buick Verano Turbo went from zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds (6.4 with a 1-foot rollout as on a drag strip), which is only 0.3 second off the pace of the rear-drive ATS.
It's much quicker than other entry-level luxury cars, including the Acura TSX, Volkswagen CC, Volvo S60 and even the Mercedes-Benz C250. The similarly priced and equipped Acura ILX isn't even close.
King of the Road
But what about all that comfort and quiet stuff from earlier? Well, it didn't take long for this little Buick to defy expectations on the impossibly noisy concrete stretches of I-5. In short, the Verano's a tomb. Nothing with its compact dimensions is this quiet, and its decibel levels compare favorably to much pricier, honest-to-goodness luxury sedans.
Ride comfort is indeed another bright spot, and we're not talking about a floating high-seas adventure like Aunt Esther's Park Avenue. The Verano strikes an excellent balance between comfort and composure. It feels solid and perfectly damped, and it's once again hard not to think we're back in Europe again.
This isn't just a Cruze with some leather, as some have assumed. On the contrary, the Verano feels very much like the equally surprising Buick LaCrosse, a car that easily bested the previous-generation Lexus ES 350 in a comparison test.
As the Road Turns
With its Buick badge, though, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that the Verano is this comfortable and quiet. As the long stretches of two-lane divided highway faded in the mirror, though, this compact Buick suddenly started to make an entirely different, and yes, genuinely surprising case for itself.
In the terrifically twisty northernmost stretches of the Pacific Coast Highway, the Verano Turbo displayed an agility that you certainly won't be getting from the LaCrosse or any other full-size sedan. As it sliced among the redwoods, initial turn-in was very good, while the electric power steering demonstrated appropriate weighting and a decent amount of feel. Not quite enough to be deemed invigorating (the long-throw shifter and numb throttle feel don't help, either), but the handling can be described as impressively competent.
When we returned from the redwoods, our handling tests backed up these real-world impressions. The 2013 Buick Verano Turbo pulled 0.83g around the skid pad and snaked through the slalom at 65.7 mph. That's roughly identical to that of the Acura ILX 2.4 Premium, although the Verano's 60-0 mph stop of 125 feet was a good 5 feet shorter.
Agile but Still Comfortable
And just because this Buick is small and nimble doesn't mean it goes without the comfort-biased attributes that go hand-in-hand with the brand's full-size sedan. The seats never ceased to be comfortable and supportive, while the driver seat adjusted to a degree that made this 6-foot-3 pilot a happy guy over the course of 1,500 miles. Unfortunately, though, the driver seat is manual recline only, which also eliminates the possibility of memory functions.
Still, there's not much else that's missing from this $31,110 near-luxury sedan. Every Verano Turbo is a Premium trim level and vice-versa, which either way you look at it is the most expensive and loaded model available. With it you get heated leather seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, keyless ignition/entry, a rearview camera, a blind-spot-warning system, Bluetooth phone and audio, a Bose sound system and Buick's Intellilink configurable touchscreen interface.
Our test car also included the excellent navigation system that was easy to program and scan on the fly thanks to its redundant touchscreen and multipurpose knob controls. It didn't have the optional sunroof and we never missed it.
A similarly equipped LaCrosse would be about $5,000 more, while the similarly priced Acura ILX can't quite match its equipment (and that's before you take into account the power deficit).
Damning It With Praise
The Verano is still a compact, though, and its cabin was a little cramped during the short interim trip from Grandma's house to pick up the kid and her many accompanying accessories. However, with only the wife riding shotgun, it was all we really needed.
With that in mind, we can't help but think the Verano Turbo is one of the best cars out there for empty nesters or full-fledged retirees. And no, we're not thinking about Grandma Sue flirting with the speed minimum during her weekly venture to the Sun City Safeway. Instead, we envision those young-at-heart active sorts with plenty of time to venture up to places like, say, Avenue of the Giants.
For them, the Verano provides the comfort, serenity and luxury that they desire and expect, while being nimbler, cheaper and more efficient than the full-size sedan their friends might buy. Heck, the manual is even ideal for the older driving enthusiast who still wants the control and involvement you get from rowing your own gearbox.
Yet you certainly don't have to be retired to appreciate the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo — this particular journey was undertaken by a couple at the ripe old age of 29. And as we turned back for the sun-baked morass of Southern California, the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo had clearly proven itself an excellent car for this and many other journeys.
The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.
Used 2013 Buick Verano Overview
The Used 2013 Buick Verano is offered in the following submodels: Verano Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), Leather Group 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), Convenience Group 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), and Premium Group 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).
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Price comparisons for Used 2013 Buick Verano trim styles:
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