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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
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 59 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

good car, small but comfortable

By on Sunday, May 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good ride, good mileage, good looks but overpriced"

Cons: "hard to get in and out. Heat and cooling systems."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"The car has a problem with the heating/cooling system not yet resolved. It is an overpriced small car. Comfortable when driving, economy is good but hard to enter and exit."

Give American cars their due!!!!

By on Thursday, April 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,230

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Many different reasons."

Cons: "larger reat seat room."

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

"You know I get sick & tired of the ragging towards domestic cars vs imports. I know the ratings for all Asian cars can't be touched. The European market also gets it's share. Let's take into consideration that Asian are not the same Asian as when they first hit the American market.Granted the Toyota Corona not the Corolla for those too young to know the difference was a simple vehicle that you could literally drive into the ground, and that was true UNTIL they totally understood the American way of doing things. Now when you see 12-16 bays at the various dealerships it's not all for oil changes. Now to the European side of things I have in my lifetime owned 2 German,and 1 English. I must admit my 68 Karmann Ghia ragtop was truly a great, great car, however the rest are over priced to maintain and repair.I remember the radiator cap for the 73 Audi was over $14 and the same for a Chevy was $6. So I guess if you have the cake to spend on these luxury wheels it's acceptable to overspend. We just purchased a left over 2014 Buick Verano Base. It was a 14 leftover and we got it for $16,990. We are very pleased with this vehicle, just keep in mind it's not trying to be a Beemer or Lexus. For the price point we're happy. We had also owned 4 Saturns and still own a 2008 Vue with 47,000 miles. ( sorry they stopped making them. The Buick rides great, the 2.4 ltr gets bashed by domestic car critics. I feel it's very capable in handling the highway approach situations. It's comfortable in the front, however the rear seating is about right for people under 6 feet. The vehicle came with most of the equipment that the more expensive trims that go with a Verano. The car still has remote start, backup camera, blue tooth, 6 speed auto with 6 speed manual and other features that are too many to list in this review. So, if you feel foreign is the only way to go that's OK, however, America has come a long, long way in the production of smaller to medium sized rides. We were and still are the makers of the best luxury cars and I feel no one will ever dethrone us."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

White Diamond Turbo Verano

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quiet cabin,ride,safety,price,fit and finish, NVH"

Cons: "Rear seat legroom, to many buttons on the dash"

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

"My wife and I wanted a medium size car to take some trips in and it had to be quiet and comfortable. The front has enough room and the seats are very soft,car feels very solid and corners and rides very smooth. The back seats are comfy but the legroom is cramped, but we did not want to go bigger. Its a mid-size car and the value for the money is fantastic! Buick and GM did a great job with this car and the safety equipment is phenomenal! Love this ride!"

8 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Good looking car

By on Monday, March 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "perfect price range with all the safety available"

Cons: "passenger seat isn't powered ?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Car is complete, no issues from day I bought it ! Has heated steering wheel and seats for the winter. Nice midsize car"

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best Car EVER!

By on Friday, February 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

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: "Comfy and fun to drive"

Cons: "blind spots"

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

"This is by far the best car I have ever had! I love love love it! I think I was charged about $2,000 more than the value but I still love the car. Never thought to look here until now! Oh well."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great compact for the price

By on Monday, February 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Luxury feel, quiet ride, good price"

Cons: "Very tight reat seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Had this car for 6 months before it was totaled in an accident. Roomy front interior with luxury features, even in my base model. Back seat was not roomy. Avoid if you plan on longer trips with passengers in the back, there is VERY little leg room. Handled well in the snow and the pick-up was decent for a 4 cylinder. The media system and link-up with cell phone was easy to use and reliable. Going to miss this car!"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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