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2013 Buick Verano

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2013 Buick Verano Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.0

The 2013 Buick Verano is a compact near-luxury sedan that shares its core architecture with the Chevy Cruze. Such platform sharing has led to disappointing compromises in the past, but in this case, Buick has successfully differentiated its premium compact from Chevrolet's economy car. 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. In that important respect, it represents another mile-marker on Buick's return to relevancy.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a young professional looking for a new car to reward your success without substantially increasing your debt, the 2013 Buick Verano could do it.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you think a luxury sedan is incomplete without a roomy, stretch-out interior, you may find the Verano comes up short. And snug.

What's New for 2013

Big Verano news for 2013 is an up-power turbocharged engine option. Supplementing the standard Ecotec 2.4-liter, 180-horsepower 4-cylinder is a 2.0-liter turbo-4 tuned for 250 horsepower. This engine is bundled with most of the equipment from the Convenience and Leather option groups to create the Verano Turbo model.

Driving the Verano

Driving Impressions Although the Buick Verano's non-independent torsion-beam rear suspension seems low-brow for a premium car, on the road, this chassis works just fine. It gracefully absorbs surface imperfections without a floaty...

feeling. Steering is fluid and responsive, a noteworthy achievement considering the Verano uses electric power steering, which typically sacrifices a lot of road feel for a little efficiency. With the standard 180-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, acceleration in the Buick Verano is acceptable but not exceptional. We expect the Turbo's 250 horsepower will move the car much closer to true sports-sedan territory. The no-cost-option 6-speed manual gearbox available on the Turbo is reportedly a new, slick-shifting unit, not the clunky box from the Regal. Revised steering calibration should add sportiness as well. Overall, the 2013 Verano provides the kind of comfortable and capable driving experience move-up buyers expect.

QUIETTUNING
Buick makes a big deal out of its efforts to reduce interior noise, collectively labeled QuietTuning, and rightly so. The 2013 Verano features an impressively silent cabin that should elevate both occupant comfort and perceived vehicle quality.

INTELLILINK
Younger buyers love their connectivity so Buick equips all 2013 Veranos with IntelliLink, a system that lets the driver control a smart phone through the standard 7-inch touch-screen display. The system not only enables hands-free calling, but also streams music and podcasts from Internet audio services, including Pandora and Stitcher.

2013 Buick Verano Details
2013 Buick Verano photo Interior

Like its larger LaCrosse sibling, the compact Buick Verano features an interior outfitted in high-quality materials and rich colors, with comfortable seats and an artfully drawn dash that flows gracefully into the doors. Less pleasing is the layout of the instrument panel, which features a confusing array of similar-looking buttons, a fault partially countered by the bright, easy-to-use and intuitively arranged 7-inch touch-screen interface that controls the audio system. Front-seat passenger room and trunk space are both good for a vehicle of the Verano's size, though rear legroom is tight.

Exterior
2013 Buick Verano photo

The Buick Verano shares its fundamental architecture with the Chevy Cruze but that's a fact largely buried in the Verano's unique styling. Its athletic and tasteful exterior projects an appropriately premium on-road aura, despite its compact dimensions. Standout details include standard 18-inch wheels, a tasteful body-side crease that dips toward the front of the car and high-tech-appearing headlamps with stylish blue-rimmed projectors.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard features offered on the 2013 Buick Verano include Leatherette-trimmed seating, automatic climate control, an electronic parking brake, steering-wheel audio and cruise controls, remote engine start (automatic transmissions only) and a new-for-2013 rearview camera. The roster of standard safety features includes stability control, traction control, OnStar with stolen vehicle location and automatic crash notification, plus a whopping 10 airbags, including front-passenger knee airbags and rear-seat side-impact airbags.

Optional Equipment

The 2013 Buick Verano's option list includes a heated steering wheel, heated seats, navigation, a 9-speaker premium Bose audio system, premium 18-inch wheels and leather-trimmed interiors available in Ebony, Cashmere and the tasty-sounding Choccachino colors. Most options are bundled into the Convenience and Leather Group packages for the base Verano, and are included as standard on the Turbo. A power sunroof is a stand-alone option on both models.

Under the Hood

Last year, the Buick Verano bowed with just one powertrain, a 180-horsepower 4-cylinder matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission. For 2013, a more spirited 250-horsepower turbocharged model joins the lineup. Acceleration figures show 0-to-60 mph in the mid-8-second range for the base 2.4, low-6s for the turbo. The base engine comes only with a 6-speed automatic, but the Turbo offers a choice of the automatic or a sweet-shifting manual 6-speed. Among compact sedans, the base Verano's highway fuel economy of 32 mpg is barely average. Even the larger Buick Regal gets 36 mpg highway thanks to its mild-hybrid eAssist powertrain, a technology that will likely migrate to the Verano in the future.

2.4-liter inline-4
180 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
171 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/32 mpg

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
250 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/31 mpg (manual), 21/30 mpg (automatic)

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2013 Buick Verano Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 66 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Verano Love - 2 year update 37 mpg roadtrip king!

By on Thursday, August 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quiet, soft seats, smooth highway driving..."

Cons: "Move front seats forward for rear passengers."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

No problem towing a jetski!

"I reviewed my 2013 Verano Turbo Premium two years ago here. What can I add besides the same pouring of positive from 24 months ago. A 900 mile round trip, cryise setbat 70 yielded 37 mpg! I like the car so much I leased a Buick Encore. Though not as quiet as the Verano it was a joy to drive daily and to haul stuff from hot water tank to a quick trip to IKEA. I still daily drive the Verano 2.0T and have added a used XTS VSport Platinum for the weekends. The VSport is very luxurious with alloy of tech, after a day if work I still enjoy plopping down in the Verano's nice and soft seats and enjoying a quiet ride home."

No problem towing a jetski!

Great vehicle just can't afford it.

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,512

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Excellent car,love it just can't afford it right now. The exterior is beautiful mocha bronz..Thanks. Good on gas great ride."

Great vehicle- exterior color M0CHA BRONZ

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,512

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Excellent car< I love it just don't think I can continue to afford it with social security income. Need to get a good cheaper used car with less payments. Thanks."

Comfortable, nimble, convenient

By on Thursday, July 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable, smooth, nimble. Not the old Buick"

Cons: "Small rear seat, could use a little more power."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"A very comfortable quiet fun to drive. Luxury is often bantered about, but this little Buick is amazing for it's size and price class. Such niceties as backup camera, satellite radio and quality feel of appointments at this level are the reason I believe this brand is becoming more popular. Long trips are no problem, fuel economy is very good, and fit and finish show me Buick is working hard. Reliability is excellent. One small dis is I would like a little more power, but for the price, a great value."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Perfect car for me.

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,700

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, styling, value and ride quality."

Cons: "One low grade plastic peice"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I was seriously considering buying a Ford Fiesta ST for the power, handling and sporty looks. Then after some soul searching I chose comfort, styling and value over sportiness. The Verano does not pretend to be a sports car but it handles predictably and the comfort can't be beat in this class of cars. I love the way the car drives and the engine is a little slow from like 0 to 40 mph but for passing and what not it really flies. In Idaho the speed limits on some highways is 80 mph and even at driving 80 mph there is plenty more power for passing. I had to only give the Verano and 8 for quality simply because the plastic covering behind the rearview mirror is rather cheap looking and does not seem secure. The consul on the roof that has all the connectivity is of poor quality. To the point it looks really out of place in the beautifully designed and high quality of rest of the interior material. All in all I love this car."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Bought may 2nd ,

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "alot bells and whisltes, comfotable,fits in garage"

Cons: "extirior walls thin"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"have 800 miles on it and the car has a lot of bells and whistles. Fun to drive, very comfortable, little small for passengers but nice for 2 people. Has a phone in dash, Sirius, on star, ignition start when your outside and car is locked! Has a lot more little gadgets that are cool! Buick gave me an outstanding deal! Go to dealership and bargain them to death. Walk away , they will call with a better price. Good luck! Fun car, AMERAICAM MADE !!!!! AMERICAN NAME!!!! BUICK!"

18 people out of 30 found this review helpful

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