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2014 Buick Verano Review

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2014 Buick Verano Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

Think of the Verano as a Buick, condensed. As the automaker's smallest sedan, the Verano is easy to drive and maneuver, yet it offers the high levels of comfort long associated with larger Buicks such as the Regal and LaCrosse. The Verano shares its architecture with the Chevrolet Cruze, but distinguishes itself with higher levels of fit and finish, advanced safety features, and a cloud-like ride. 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If a plush and quiet ride is more important to you than sharp handling, the Verano sedan is ready to be your sanctuary on wheels. Turbo versions add a cherry on top with quick acceleration and plenty of passing power for not a lot more money.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you equate a luxury sedan with performance handling or a roomy interior, the Verano may not appeal. The Acura ILX feels more nimble, while the larger Buick Regal offers extra space to stretch out, especially for rear-seat passengers.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.9
  • 6.6
  • 7.0
  • 7.0
  • 7.2
  • 7.7
How It Ranks

#28

out of 29

Fuel Economy

#18

out of 29

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Consumer Rating

8.7 out of 10
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2014 Buick Verano Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

Forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning join the Buick's impressive list of safety features. The Verano's tech system gets smarter with text message support and Siri Eyes Free, a voice-recognition system that works with Apple's iPhone.

Driving the Verano
2014 Buick Verano Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions 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. Where...

... other entry-level luxury sedans strive to be sporty, this one puts on few such airs. Its non-independent torsion-beam rear suspension may seem dated, but the setup works with aplomb to soak up bumps. The Verano glides over roads like a little cloud. Sound isolation is equally impressive. With the standard 180-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, the Verano's performance is acceptable but not exceptional. Opt for the impressive turbocharged engine and you gain 70 horsepower while sacrificing only one or two mpg. The Verano Turbo is a zippy little car that can go 0-60 mph in just over six seconds. The turbo model's suspension is slightly stiffer, but it's still no corner carver. Brake response and pedal feel on our test car was mushy and subpar.

QUIET CABIN
Buick says the 2014 Verano is intended to be the quietest compact sedan on the road, and we believe it. More than mere marketing lingo, its QuietTuning technology effectively quells unwanted noise and vibration.

TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
Pony up to a top-line version of the Verano, and you'll get plenty of just that. With 250 horsepower on tap, Buick's compact 4-door can effortlessly get up to speed on freeways and breeze past slower traffic once there. Better yet, the turbo power comes on smoothly and with minimal lag.

2014 Buick Verano Details
2014 Buick Verano Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Like its larger LaCrosse sibling, the 5-passenger Verano's interior is appealing thanks to high-quality materials and comfortable seats. The two lower trims use premium cloth as the covering of choice, while the top two have plush leather. The driver's seat is surprisingly bolstered for a car of this size. The rear seats are snug, though, and legroom is at a premium. We like the Verano's standard 7-inch touch-screen interface, but its surrounding buttons and controls could use improvement. There are many of them – including the oddly placed engine-start button on higher trims – and they are not very intuitive.

Exterior
2014 Buick Verano photo

Though its architecture is shared with the Chevrolet Cruze, the Verano's outer appearance differs significantly. The compact sedan begins with a "waterfall" grille, has sides defined by a gently rising beltline that give it a slightly athletic stance, and wraps up nicely with a tucked-in trunk. Being a Buick, the Verano carries on the tradition of the brand's aesthetic "portholes," placed atop the hood directly beneath the A-pillars. The standard wheels are impressive 18-inch aluminum-alloys. Turbocharged Veranos are the sleepers of the line, with just a subtle "T" badge on the trunk and dual exhaust outlets to indicate their extra muscle.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Buick Verano offers a host of features – some not even offered by its competitors – at a lower price. Base models come with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/USB sound system with touch screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a rearview camera. Spend roughly $1,200 extra for the Convenience trim, and you get much more for your money, including blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning, heated front seats, and a power driver's seat. Top-line versions bring an invigorating turbocharged 4-cylinder, leather, a heated steering wheel, and a 9-speaker Bose sound system. All Veranos include 10 airbags, stability/traction control, and automatic crash response as part of a 6-month trial of the OnStar communications system.

Optional Equipment

Many desirable amenities for the 2014 Verano are bundled among its four trim levels. Those that are available a la carte include navigation, a power sunroof, and Bose premium sound. The sedan's outer appearance can be enhanced with premium multi-spoke wheels, diamond tri-coat paint and a spoiler. Turbo models can be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission as a no-cost option in place of the 6-speed automatic.

Under the Hood
2014 Buick Verano Engine photo

Two engine choices are available in the 2014 Verano. Standard on three of the Buick's four trim levels is a 180-horsepower, naturally aspirated (non-turbocharged) 4-cylinder that provides adequate power. The top-line Turbo model comes, appropriately enough, with a more powerful turbocharged engine. Though smaller in size, the turbo engine has 70 more horsepower and makes the Verano much more interesting to drive. All Veranos are front-wheel drive. The base engine can run on regular unleaded gasoline, while premium is recommended for the turbo. Like other 2014 Buicks, the Verano includes free scheduled maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles.

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)

The 2014 Buick Verano has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $24,625 and rising to just under $30,000 for a top-line Turbo model. At these prices, the Verano presents a very good value proposition in its niche market of entry-level luxury vehicles. An Acura ILX 4-door sedan, by comparison, starts closer to $27,000, while a base Lexus CT 200h is over $8,000 beyond the Buick's starting price. The 2-door BMW 1 Series Coupe, meanwhile, starts around $7,500 more than the Verano. Before buying, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their Verano. News is not so bright regarding the Buick's resale value. Its long-term residuals are predicted to be far below those of the Lexus CT 200h, and slightly below those of the Acura ILX.

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2014 Buick Verano Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 43 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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

Great car and an even better value.

By on Sunday, August 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,100

10 10.0
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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: "Very quiet ride, handles very well, great value."

Cons: "Wish this car had a little better mpg."

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

"Nicely finished with above average quality. An incredibly quiet ride and handles well too. Plenty of power but a little weak on mpg. Very happy I bought this car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Most fun car to drive

By on Saturday, August 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Beautful to look at -- drives like a dream"

Cons: "no place to put my purse"

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

"Looks like heaven --- most people think it's a caddie. Great price for a sporty luxury car. Lots of get up when getting on the Highways. Sirius Radio, Bluetooth, MP3 available all excellent features!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Most unhappy car in my life!

By on Saturday, August 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 1.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Look luxury- But POOR performance"

Cons: "Interior is tight on space- Engine start NOISY"

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

"First time own this American car, driving this car about 150 mileages in two weeks, when I drove on the freeway, I heard one big explosion sound underneath my car then I continue drive to the restaurant. After dinner I go back to my car I found out back camera displace the view is dead. Engine light error is on. When I press the gas panel, car go very slowly, I have to turn on the emergency light to drive about 10 miles to closest dealership. Thorson Motor at Pasadena, California sale me a defected car. GMC refuse to exchange another car for me, they totally ignore my concern."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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