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. 2016 update: Still enjoying this car. Extremely reliable, no issues or repairs needed during the past 3 years. Quiet, smooth running, upscale feel without a high price to buy or own. Minor nitpicks: no trunk release on trunk lid itself, thick A-pillars on windshield hamper visibility somewhat, electronic steering feels a bit vague and disconnected. Overall, still a nice car! 2017 update after owning for 3 years: my original review still applies for the most part. I heard that this model is being discontinued, so if you are interested in a mildly upscale small sedan at a great price, now may be a good time to check out dealers remaining inventory.
The Verano is a delight to drive with the radio off and the climate control turn down low. When on the phone using Bluetooth most don't know I am in the car on the highway. The laminated front glass areas do a great job of eliminating wind noise as most manufacturer wouldn't do. The ride is smooth and quiet yet sporty when you need it. The steering is very quick to response and it matches the responsiveness of the brakes. Highway fuel economy exceeds EPA estimates even with AC blasting. The seats are great on long trips as the foam density is about the best I have recently experienced, yet hugging you for a sporty feel. Update: We needed automatic transmission and AWD so we traded it for a Cadillac ATS 2.0T. The Verano was worth what owed on it. Can't say that much about Cadillac. But the ATS is a dream to drive it handles so well.
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! UPDATE - 2017: We are on our 2nd Verano and still love it! Only complaint is when the battery dies you cannot open the doors, even with the key put directly into the lock because all the key does is activate the "power locks" that have no power when the battery is dead (even Onstar could not unlock the doors). We had to call roadside service who had to use a slim jim to open the door from the inside just so we could pop the hood and jump start it. Such a great car and such a huge disappointment that it has this one very dumb flaw. Just don't leave a light on in your car over the weekend making your battery drain, and you'll be fine.
I have a Verano with the Convenience package, which hits the sweet spot between features and affordability. This car gives you a lot of content for the money. I am very pleased after four months of ownership, and highly recommend it. The only downside I notice is that the base engine (which I have) is underpowered, and the turbo engine increases the price too much. The ride quality is very good for a car of this size, but not quite up to "big car" comfort standards. Wind noise is almost non-existent. Onstar is very beneficial, and almost, but not quite, replaces the convenience of an in-dash GPS navigation system. The vinyl/cloth seats are excellent.
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.