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2014 Buick Verano

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2014 Buick Verano 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

#17

out of 19

Fuel Economy

#12

out of 20

Horsepower
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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.
Favorite Features

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)

Pricing Notes

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 31 Ratings for the 2012 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Excellent vehicle, great value!

By on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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

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

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

"Great car, even an entry level model is loaded with opptions. Quiet, great ride, good mix of performance and economy. 2 years, 19,000 miles and not one complaint."

outstanding ride,performance

By on Friday, April 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

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: "best value period!!!!"

Cons: "only one= NONE"

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

"I have owned 68 vehicles since 1963 by far the Verano is in my top 10 way beyond BMW 3 Audi A4 MB C series the Verano is not my father's car. to qoute a few auto enthusiasts. Buick needs to keep ignoring the rhetoric that the US can't build GREAT CARS"

EXCELLENT 8TH BUICK I'VE OWNED

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,582

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: "Luxury, comfortable, features, gas mileage, quiet"

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

"Being buying Buick cars for years love the rides, style and comfortable interior out all them. My last model was a Lesabre bought it 8 years ago and traded on a more luxurious Verano love it more. This car is supposed to be a luxury slash economical car something with (Chevy Cruze and Dodge Dart) but the more features have the car is better in quality and supportive ride. It have excellent gas mileage gets 30 miles per gallon. Interior is quiet as looks very totally appealing on the design has on a roomier cabin. It was fully equipped with Hard drive radio for iPod interface, USB connections, Hard drive navigation, heated seats, blind spot warning, sunroof, xenon automatic on/off headlights, steering controls and more. The 4 cylinder engine makes have a fun quietly ride on smooth drive with effortless performance its a fast compact car. Love the new looks as have all whistles and bells for a cheaper car with being top of the line. Buick Is Back on making luxury cars like from early 1990s to mid 80s with options included on everything includes a OnStar and remote starting button a great luxury car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

very disappointed

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "don't have any, only had it for a week"

Cons: "reliablilty is now very suspect"

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

"had an equinox previously, but it wasn't a buick! have had a lesabre, century, regal and lucerne. this thing died & had to be towed in in the middle of the night,fortunately i was only 5 miles from home. it wouldn't unlock doors, trunk and on star didn't work! it was like the car didn't want to talk to the key fob or vice versa."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Most miserable Buick u have ever owned.

By on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
1/10

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

"I have had Buicks for the past fifty years and loved them. I plan to get another one. I cannot believe that Buick would make another lemon like the Verano. My previous Buick was a Lucerne and it was wonderful. Beautiful, and the car every one would want. Why they stopped making them is beyond me. The Verano has a miserable steering wheel adjustment, I hate that the gas tank is not on the driver's side of the car, it means I must leave my side of the car (where my purse is) vacant and open to theft. There is no compass that can be seen from the passenger side of the car, and the seat belt frequently gets caught in the door when it is being closed. Worst of all it is very difficult to get into. Other than that the car is very dependable."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love Driving this car

By on Monday, March 17, 2014

I own this car

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Drives great, easy to get in and out of I am 66"

Cons: "No garage door opener,"

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

"Love the car but I wish it had a garage door opener on it. Love the heated seats but I would trade the heated steering wheel for garage door opener. Also surprised no power seat on passenger seat. LOVE the lane assistant to help with the dead spot all cars have. Very happy we got this car."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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