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Buick Verano Review

The 2015 Buick Verano ranks 4 out of 27 Affordable Compact Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Buick Verano, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Critics find the 2015 Buick Verano's base engine lacking power and its handling less nimble than some competitors’, but they love its high-end and nearly silent interior.

A four-cylinder engine is standard in the 2015 Buick Verano, and some test drivers report it has difficulty accelerating off the line and reaching highway speeds, though others say it produces decent power. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available that reviewers prefer because it generates outstanding power and quick acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but some auto writers say the six-speed manual transmission that's available with the turbocharged engine makes better use of the engine's power. Reviewers praise the Verano’s comfortable ride and precise, nicely weighted steering. While they also report that the Verano feels stable in turns, most don’t consider it athletic.

Critics say the 2015 Buick Verano has an expectionally quiet, luxurious interior with top-notch materials. They report the front seats are spacious but add the rear seats have finite space for adults. The Verano has 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a decent amount for the class. The 2015 Buick Verano comes with a rearview camera, Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a Wi-Fi hot spot provided by OnStar 4G LTE. Optional features include a nine-speaker Bose sound system, push-button start, navigation, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and rear parking sensors. Reviewers agree that the touch-screen navigation system is easy to use, but some wish there weren't so many physical buttons cluttering the dashboard.

  • "Though it shares a platform with the less-expensive Chevrolet Cruze, the Verano justifies its higher pricetag with more powerful engines, additional premium features and a quiet, upscale interior." -- Left Lane News
  • "The Verano is a great car option for young professionals looking for premium amenities without breaking the bank. Since it's not as mainstream as, say, the Infiniti G or the Lexus IS, originality is also on the Verano's side." -- AutoTrader
  • "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." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "Though not as athletic as an Acura ILX or as fuel-efficient as a Lexus CT 200h hybrid, the Verano and its topline Turbo version stand out in the entry-level luxury segment with their refinement and value proposition. With a starting price under $25,000, the 2014 Verano offers one of the most comfortable rides for the money." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "A semi-sporting, near-luxury subcompact Buick sedan (with optional manual transmission, don't forget) is anything but run of the mill, but it may not be the car that turns buyers out in droves, either." -- Autoblog (2013)

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Details: 2015 Buick Verano

The five-seat 2015 Buick Verano is available in base, Convenience Group, Leather Group and Premium Group trims. All models except the Premium Group have a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. The Verano Premium Group has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and a six-speed manual is available on the Premium Group model. Buick introduced the Verano for the 2012 model year and it sees few changes for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 4/29/15

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