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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 Review

The 2014 Buick Verano ranks 3 out of 13 Upscale Small 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.

The 2014 Buick Verano delivers a cushy ride, luxurious interior finishes and a good amount of cargo space, reviewers say. For having the best combination of factors that appeal to families, we named the Verano our 2014 Best Upscale Small Car for Families. 

Test drivers say the Buick Verano’s base four-cylinder engine is sufficient around town, though they prefer the optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine for its ample power. The standard six-speed automatic shifts smoothly, reviewers note, and an optional six-speed manual adds a sporty flair. The base Verano gets an EPA-estimated 21/32 mpg city/highway, which is on the low end of the class. The Verano Premium with a turbocharged engine averages 21/30 mpg when equipped with an automatic transmission. Reviewers say the Verano has a comfortable ride, as well as precise steering and strong brakes. While most also agree that the Verano offers respectable handling, they also note that some rivals are more athletic on a twisty road.

The Verano’s cabin feels luxurious and is made with premium materials, reviewers say. Front seats are spacious and supportive, with plenty of room for the driver to stretch out, they add. Test drivers say that the rear seats are snug, but usable, which is normal in a small sedan. Reviewers like the Verano’s generous list of standard features, including a six-speaker stereo with touch-screen display, USB and auxiliary ports, satellite radio, OnStar, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls and a voice-activated infotainment system. Optional features include a nine-speaker Bose sound system, push-button start, navigation and a moonroof. Several test drivers say the dashboard is crowded with too many buttons, making controls confusing to operate. Newly available safety features include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors and rear cross traffic alert.

  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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)

Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers praise the Volkswagen GTI for its strong engine and athletic handling. They also say it has a roomy cabin and its hatchback body style offers a large amount of cargo room for the class.

The Fiat 500L offers even more cargo space than the Verano thanks to its hatchback style. Reviewers say that the 500L's spacious interior has a distinctive European flair, as well as intuitive controls and tech features.

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Details: 2014 Buick Verano

The five-seat 2014 Buick Verano is available in base, Convenience Group, Leather Group and Premium Group trims. All models except the Premium have a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Premium (Verano Turbo) has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is available on the Premium model. Buick introduced the Verano for the 2012 model year, and last year, the 2013 Verano was named our Best Upscale Small Car for the Money and our Best Upscale Small Car for Families. For 2014, the Verano gains some optional safety features, but sees few other changes. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 3/31/14

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