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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
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 81 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Love my Buicks.....

By on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very quiet, Comfortable, and reliable"

Cons: "None so far."

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

"I purchased this car back in 2012. I have had NO problems with it at all. Went to Florida this past February and at one point I hit 40 mpg. For the most part though, I usually get about 31-33 mpg on the highway and 26-28 in city. I love this car. Its quiet, comfortable and reliable. This is not your grandfathers Buick!!!!"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

The dealership really cares

By on Monday, May 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Heated seat and steeringwheel"

Cons: "windows are accidently pushed down easily"

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

"First day I drove home in my Buick the battery died and I was stranded at a restaurant. I had work the next day and was worried I would have a problem making it. It was at 6 pm and the dealership repair shop was closing. I got a hold of one of the repair people and he came out and charged the battery so I could get back to the dealership. I was given a curtesy car and the battery was replaced the next day. Other than that I have not had any problems and I have owned the car for 3 months now. It was a lease return that I purchased."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

IT REPLACED A 2004 BUICK CENTURY SEDAN

By on Friday, April 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "I GOT A GREAT PRICE ON THIS CAR."

Cons: "MINE HAS CUP HOLDERS AND IS FUN TO DRIVE."

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

"I BOUGHT THIS CAR TO REPLACE A 2004 CENTURY SEDAN THAT WAS AN EXCELLENT CAR. I HAVE NOT HAD TO RETURN IT TO THE DEALER FOR WARRANTY WORK, ONLY FOR OIL CHANGES AND OTHER SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best of the best

By on Monday, April 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,200

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: "Everything in the car"

Cons: "No Cons yet in 10000 miles"

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

"I have put 10000 miles on my verano convenience Pkg version of this car. As many others have already said this is an awesome car. Great ride, Handling, I find the performance just fine for a 4 cyl., seating is comfortable and trunk space is great for a compact car. I am single and at most I would usually only use the two front seats but I have sat in the back and it is comfortable for most local driving trips and I am 6 ft. tall. If you want a great car you will absolutely never want to part with then this is the car to buy. I get so many compliments on the exterior styling too"

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great car that feels midsize

By on Friday, April 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quiet, comfortable, hi tech, dependable, stylish"

Cons: "The combined mileage rating of 25 is way too low"

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

"I have owned this car for over two years now and enjoy it's comfort and conveniences. It has required no service other than oil changes and everything works as intended. The driver confidence package should be standard and offers rear and side and frontal warnings and useful every time I drive it. The combined overall mileage since delivery is 31.5, way more than it is rated."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Really awesome car among my possession of 20 cars

By on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quiet, composing, nimble drive with comfort"

Cons: "Shiftingshock, not ever working blindspot warning"

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

"I had to trade in 2009 BMW X5 3.0D which was trouble maker for last three months. I had never known VERANO before and never had test drive. But now after 28000 miles on it, Verano has been surprise which has awesome features such as ultra quiet running, comfortable seats, nimble handling, big trunk, and useful features ( especially backup camera, crash warning, battery current check, high quality bluetooth, exterior design, interior finish and traction control) Down side is shifting shock in slow acceleration from 1st to 2nd gear. Even compared to BMW, most features of Verano are much better than 3 series, almost equal to 5 or X5. Why do we have to pay double price for the German badges. Drive Verano, you feel different world."

12 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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