Used Car: 2013 Buick Verano Review
Reviewers praised the Buick Verano’s quiet, well-built cabin and peppy available turbocharged engine, though some said the base engine is underpowered.
The base 2013 Buick Verano has a four-cylinder engine that some reviewers said delivers adequate power but others thought needs more power at highway speeds. The Verano Turbo has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and test drivers found this model significantly more powerful and responsive. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and a six-speed manual is available on the Verano Turbo. Automotive journalists said the automatic shifts smoothly, but a few complained that the manual’s shifter is not very precise. According to the EPA, the base 2013 Verano gets 21/32 mpg city/highway, which is normal for the class. Test drivers said the Buick Verano has controlled body motions through turns but otherwise has dull handling and vague steering feel. However, most appreciated the Verano’s strong brakes and soft ride.
Automotive journalists reported that the 2013 Buick Verano’s cabin is especially quiet and built with first-rate materials. Reviewers thought the Verano’s front seats have good space but complained that rear-seat legroom is lacking, which is a common complaint for the class. The 2013 Verano comes standard with a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include a nine-speaker Bose audio system, push-button start, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, navigation, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors and rear cross traffic alert. A few reviewers thought that some of the Verano’s dashboard buttons are not logically placed and are indistinguishable from each other, though others liked the touch screen’s simple operation. With up to 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space, the Verano has a good amount of cargo space for the class.
Other Cars to Consider
Test drivers said the 2013 Acura TSX has nimble handling and that its available V6 engine has ample power. They appreciated the TSX’s slick-shifting available manual transmission and the excellent sound quality of its available ELS surround sound audio system.
The 2013 Audi A3 is available with a diesel engine that reviewers said has ample power and contributes to the A3 earning one of the best fuel economy ratings in the class. Because the A3 is a hatchback, it has much more cargo space then the Verano.