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MSRP: $23,380 - $29,215
Invoice: $22,445 - $28,046
MPG: 21 City / 32 Hwy
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Buick Verano Performance

While some test drivers think the 2015 Verano’s base engine delivers competent power for city driving, others say you’ll need to upgrade to the turbocharged four-cylinder engine for ample power and effortless acceleration. According to reviewers, the 2015 Verano has responsive steering and a comfortable ride, but its handling isn’t particularly athletic.

  • "… Buick's small sedan is steady and composed around turns, and its steering is precise with appropriate effort levels. We wouldn't exactly call the Verano's handling invigorating, but it's certainly competent." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "If there's one word to describe the Verano, it's ‘comfortable.’ That shouldn't come as a surprise since it's a Buick, but it is a significant distinguisher among compact sedans." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "Still, the Verano is devoid of surprises, smooth, and quiet. The turbo delivers a nice rush with instant throttle response." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The Buick Verano comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower. A 250-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is also available. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard with both engines, and a six-speed manual is available on Premium trims. According to the EPA, base models get up to 21/32 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class.

According to some test drivers, the 2015 Buick Verano’s base engine puts out adequate power, but others say this model is slow from a stop and doesn’t offer quick enough acceleration for highway passing. For the best performance they recommend stepping up to the available turbocharged engine, which they say puts down good power. While most automotive writers think the automatic transmission performs well, they say the manual transmission makes the best use of the engine’s power.

  • "When it comes to acceleration, though, the nonturbo Verano falls short. It doesn't deliver strong off-the-line punch, nor does it have the kind of low-end power needed for confident left-lane passing at highway speeds." -- AutoTrader
  • "While the 2015 Buick Verano isn't very sporty, it can be quick if you pony up for the 250-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder. With 60 mph coming up in less than six seconds, and an available manual transmission, the Verano Turbo has plenty of kick." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Performance from the 2014 Buick Verano's standard 2.4-liter engine provides adequate acceleration in normal driving, and the automatic transmission provides smooth, refined shifts. Still, we'd be inclined to upgrade to the Turbo, which provides brisk performance on the highway with minimal sacrifice in fuel economy." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "The 6-speed manual transmission operates smoothly, but not as crisply as some premium-compact competitors. With either engine, the automatic transmission shifts fluidly, but the manual shift gate is useful for summoning the best acceleration." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Handling and Braking

Test drivers say the 2015 Buick Verano offers a soft, comfortable ride. While they like its accurate, well-weighted steering and say it feels fairly controlled through turns, most critics report that the Verano’s handling isn’t especially sporty.

  • "It's quiet, the ride is smooth, and this littlest of Buick sedans reminds us more of the larger Regal and LaCrosse than its corporate sibling, the Chevy Cruze. It's not sporty though." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Verano's capable handling is mostly due to its electric power steering. That's possibly the strongest mechanical suit for nonturbo models. The system feels perfectly weighted and responsive, bringing quickness and precision to every turn, and driver inputs are well-managed by the Verano's chassis, even at faster speeds. There is a definite fun-to-drive factor here." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Verano's ride is probably its most appealing attribute. It backs up its luxury car aspirations by providing a supple, comfortable ride over almost any road surface. It's also supremely quiet in the cabin at highway speeds." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "The suspension is well damped, the steering accurate and possessed of some feel, and the body motions are nicely controlled, but any sportiness is buried beneath a layer of marshmallow-like luxury." -- Car and Driver (2013)
Review Last Updated: 12/9/14

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