2013 Buick Verano Review
With its optional turbocharged engine, test drivers say the 2013 Buick Verano is a powerful small sedan with a comfortable, hushed cabin and plenty of standard features.
Last year, the Verano debuted with a 180-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and a standard automatic transmission that test drivers liked, but weren't enthusiastic about. For the 2013 model year, Buick adds the Verano Turbo, which has a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 250 horsepower. It also has a standard automatic transmission, and a six-speed manual is optional. Reviewers say the turbocharged engine is strong enough to compete with competitors like the Volkswagen GTI and Audi A3. However, critics say Verano models have uninspiring handling. Gas mileage for both models is also very similar, with the base model averaging 21/32 mpg city/highway, and the Verano Turbo with the manual transmission averaging 20/31 mpg, according to the EPA.
The Buick Verano was the 2013 Best Upscale Small Car for the Money because it has the best combination of ownership costs and positive reviews in its class. The Verano is also the 2013 Best Upscale Small Car for Families because it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.
Automotive journalists say the Verano’s cabin is one of the quietest in the class, and they’re impressed with its attractive design and quality materials. The Buick Verano comes with a class-competitive features list that includes items like a rearview camera, touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth and a USB port. Though well-equipped, reviewers say that some of the buttons are confusing. Some test drivers think the three rear seats are too tight for adults, but others say they’re rather spacious for a small car. According to reviewers, the 2013 Verano also has plenty of trunk space.
- "Still, Verano transcends its mainstream-compact origins--in any trim level, it handily undercuts the prices of its premium-compact rivals while delivering a convincingly upscale driving experience." -- Consumer Guide
- "Coming to market with youthful looks, polished manners and a starting price under $24,000, the Verano stands a good chance of wooing younger buyers who might not have considered a Buick before." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Driving enthusiasts need not apply, but from just about every other angle, the … Buick Verano makes a pretty compelling argument for itself." -- Autoblog (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
The Audi A3 has a standard turbocharged engine that reviewers like for its smooth power and slick manual and automatic transmissions. Test drivers think the A3’s cabin is cramped, but they say it is well-made and has plenty of cargo space. The A3 also has an optional diesel engine that earns the A3 some of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class.
If you’re looking for a sedan that has a quiet cabin and a lot of features, consider the Acura ILX, which is new for the 2013 model year. Like the Verano, it has several powertrain options, one of which is a hybrid, as well as a well-made cabin, a lot of standard features and cramped second-row seats. The Verano and ILX have a lot in common, but if price is your main concern, the ILX costs about $3,000 more than the Verano.
Details: 2013 Buick Verano
The five-seat 2013 Buick Verano is available in base, Convenience, Leather and Verano Turbo models. All models except the Verano Turbo have a four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission. The Verano Turbo has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a standard automatic transmission, and a manual is optional. A variety of feature upgrades are available, including navigation and safety features like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Buick introduced the Verano for the 2012 model year, so this overview uses research and reviews from 2012 and 2013.