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MSRP: $23,700 - $29,065
Invoice: $22,752 - $27,902
MPG: 21 City / 32 Hwy
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Buick Verano Interior

Reviewers say that upscale materials make the 2014 Buick Verano’s cabin a pleasant place to spend time. The front is especially spacious, they note, and even tall drivers will be able to find a comfy position behind the wheel. They say the back seat offers less room, but this isn’t unusual in a small sedan. Test drivers appreciate the number of features the Verano provides and they like the standard touch-screen display, but they say the dashboard seems crowded with buttons and the placement of controls is confusing.  

  • "Like its larger LaCrosse sibling, the 5-passenger Verano's interior is appealing thanks to high-quality materials and comfortable seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Verano's cabin continues the theme of luxury and elegance, featuring a flowing dash and center stack along with plenty of pleasant materials." -- Left Lane News
  • "And just because this Buick is small and nimble doesn't mean it goes without the comfort-biased attributes that go hand-in-hand with the brand's full-size sedan. The seats never ceased to be comfortable and supportive, while the driver seat adjusted to a degree that made this 6-foot-3 pilot a happy guy over the course of 1,500 miles." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The understated interior is composed of quality materials. Most surfaces are made of nicely grained or finished plastics. The armrests are wrapped in leather or vinyl that matches the seat upholstery, which is a nice touch. Overall, the ambiance is surprisingly posh." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Seating

The Verano seats five and comes standard with cloth seats. Leather-trimmed seats are optional. Heated front seats are standard on all but the base model and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. Test drivers say that the front of the cabin feels quite roomy, seats are well-bolstered and there’s plenty of room for the driver and front passenger to stretch out. Visibility is adequate and the standard manually-adjustable driver’s seat makes it easy to find a comfy position, reviewers say. Rear seats are tighter, reviewers note.

  • "It may be a compact car, but the 2014 Buick Verano is deceptively roomy. Drivers of any size can get comfortable behind the wheel and will find plenty of seat adjustability." -- Edmunds
  • "The driver's seat is surprisingly bolstered for a car of this size. The rear seats are snug, though, and legroom is at a premium." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Despite its compact exterior dimensions, the front-passenger space is roomy and inviting. The seats are comfortable with decent support, which is a surprise given the car's luxury (rather than sporty) bent. Rear visibility is fine, though the outside mirrors could be a bit bigger." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Rear seating was tight for adults, requiring front occupants to slide forward a couple inches to fit everyone agreeably. Yet with such luxurious accommodations up front, it's easy to forget that the Verano is a compact car." -- Autoblog (2012)

Interior Features

All Verano models come standard with a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, USB and auxiliary ports, satellite radio, OnStar, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. A rearview camera and IntelliLink, Buick’s voice-activated infotainment system, are also standard. Optional features include a nine-speaker Bose sound system, push-button start, navigation and a moonroof. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors and rear cross traffic alert.

Test drivers like that the Verano is equipped with many standard features, including a touch-screen display, and they say the optional navigation system is easy to use. However, several say that the dashboard is crowded with buttons and can be hard to figure out.

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  • "We like the Verano's standard 7-inch touch-screen interface, but its surrounding buttons and controls could use improvement. There are many of them - including the oddly placed engine-start button on higher trims - and they are not very intuitive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Our test car also included the excellent navigation system that was easy to program and scan on the fly thanks to its redundant touchscreen and multipurpose knob controls." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Verano suffers from the same control issues that plague other Buicks, primarily too many look-alike buttons clustered too close together on the central dashboard stack. A few buttons use abbreviations whose meanings are not immediately apparent." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The Verano has 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for the class. With the Bose sound system, trunk space decreases to 14 cubic feet. One reviewer says the trunk has enough cargo space for four people’s luggage and another points out that there’s a large opening for loading cargo.    

  • "This entry-level luxury sedan has compact dimensions, yet still offers an attractively trimmed interior with reasonable room for four occupants and their luggage." -- Edmunds
  • "Verano has a center console box, an uncovered bin forward of the shifter, two cupholders, and bottle holders in the doors. The trunk is deep and the opening wide." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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