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: Interior materials and exterior finish still holding up well. Still no maintenance issues, except for a single recall fix for airbag warning. 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.
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.
Don't Get 18" Wheel / Tire Package - Many Blowouts
written on 05-17-2016
Leather Group 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
Power from 4cyl engine is semi-good...interior is nice and Buick has upgraded the car significantly from the Chevy Cruze - design, details, interior. CAUTION! DO NOT GET THE 18" WHEELS / CONTINENTAL P235/45R18 PACKAGE!! EASY TIRE BLOWOUTS and tires are ruined (sidewall damage) and not repairable...have to replace at $190 per tire / per time...an average pot hole or minor bump can unbelievably ruin a tire...this combo of low aspect wheel and tire on a Verano may LOOK good, but totally unusable on real world roads. I've blown 2 front tires in 6.300 miles - I know another Verano owner with same wheels / tires that has blown 3 of these tires in 31,000 miles...and Continental is no help! Shame on Buick engineers for allowing this tire / wheel package out on the road! If you are getting a Verano - go for standard 17" wheels and higher aspect tires - should work better.
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.
Audio System With Navigation ($795); Crystal Red Tintcoat ($325); Six-Speed Manual Transmission ($0)
Turbocharged, direct-injected inline-4, gasoline
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
250 @ 5,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
260 @ 2,000
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
There is definitely some sort of electronic shenanigans at work to quell wheelspin during each upshift even with traction control off. Still, this is a strong engine with quite the surge of power at about 3,000 rpm. Yet from there it pulls in a linear way. Shifter is smooth, precise, but doesn't like being rushed. Clutch is intuitive and light.
Medium-hard pedal, almost too much travel, but good ABS. Consistent run-to-run with mild fade in terms of distance. Always straight. Some brake odor but no smoke.
Skid pad: Plenty of grip, adequate steering build-up and decent feel for what the front tires are doing. Good balance and throttle response gave me the tools to keep it on the edge of understeer. With ESC on it did a good job blending power cut and brake dabbing -- almost imperceptibly. Slalom: A very good initial turn-in and quick yaw reaction in transition, too. Very good RWD traits in a FWD car. Confident and poised everywhere and excellent throttle response gave me tools to attack the slalom. Eventual understeer, but well beyond what most drivers would expect. ESC rewards smooth input and remains at bay unless it gets startled.