To save a ZIP code, allow your browser to accept cookies.

Enter Your ZIP Code

ZIP Code:
Save
ZIP Code Lookup

Why do we need your ZIP code?

Kelley Blue Book® Values and pricing are based in part on transactions in your area. Your ZIP code also helps us find local deals and highlight other available offers.

Advertisement
Please enter a valid 5-digit ZIP code.
Go

2015 Buick Verano

Overview
Share this page
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2015 Buick Verano Review

By

KBB Expert Rating: 6.8

The 2015 Buick Verano is sort of like a Buick LaCrosse that got left in the dryer too long. However, these shrunken dimensions don't mean it's short on the things we like about Buick. It's comfortable, quiet and even kind of fun, thanks to an available turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. While the Verano shares its underpinnings with the Chevrolet Cruze, it offers much higher levels of fit and finish, advanced safety features, and a cloud-like ride. It also gives Buick a foothold in a new and growing niche: the entry-level compact luxury sedan. Compared to the Acura ILX, the Verano not as athletic, nor is it as fuel efficient as a Lexus CT 200h hybrid, but it is an excellent value.

You'll Like This Car If...

If luxury features like a quiet ride, a comfortable interior, and plenty of high-tech options are your thing, but you don't have a lot to spend, then this small Buick might just be what you're looking for. The available turbocharged engine adds a little spice without upsetting the luxury balance.

You May Not Like This Car If...

On the other hand, if you think even a compact sized luxury car should come with performance-oriented handling as standard equipment, then the Buick Verano may not be for you. Instead, check out the snappy feeling Acura ILX.

What's New for 2015

Like many GM vehicles this year, the 2015 Buick Verano gets OnStar with 4G LTE and a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, which includes a 3-month trial period. A new sport-appearance package is also available.

Driving the Verano
Driving Impressions

If we had to pick one word to describe the 2015 Buick Verano, it'd be "comfortable." "Of course," you say, "it's a Buick, after all." While that's true, it's also...

... a compact car, and even among other compact luxury sedans, the Buick Verano has a driving style that makes it feel like a bigger car, but in a good way. It's quiet, the ride is smooth, and this littlest of Buick sedans reminds us more of the larger Regal and LaCrosse than its corporate sibling, the Chevy Cruze. It's not sporty though. The standard 4-cylinder engine is adequate, and while the turbo offers zippy acceleration, the suspension is still tuned more for comfort. No matter, there are plenty of high-tech features available, like forward-collision warning, and the Buick Verano is probably the most comfortable car available at the price. That's saying something.

QUIET CABIN
Buick says it aimed for the 2015 Verano to be the quietest compact sedan on the market, and we think they may be on to something. Its QuietTuning technology goes a long way toward quelling unwanted noise and vibration.

TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
While the 2015 Buick Verano isn't very sporty, it can be quick if you pony up for the 250-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder. With 60 mph coming up in less than six seconds, and an available manual transmission, the Verano Turbo has plenty of kick.

2015 Buick Verano Details
2015 Buick Verano photo Interior

The 2015 Buick Verano boasts an interior that's high on quality materials and comfortable seats. The two lower-trim models offer premium cloth seats, while the upper trims come with leather seating. The front passengers will be plenty comfortable, with the driver's seat especially well bolstered for a car of this size. The rear seat isn't quite as generous, but at least it's no worse than competitors. We like the Verano's standard 7-inch touch-screen interface, but we do wish Buick would cut down on the number of buttons surrounding it.

Exterior
2015 Buick Verano photo

Park the Buick Verano next to a Chevrolet Cruze, and you'd still be hard pressed to tell that they share a common architecture. The Buick's waterfall grille, gently rising beltline and athletic stance are nicely wrapped up with the tucked-in trunk. There are also traditional Buick styling cues, such as the brand's aesthetic "portholes" atop the hood directly beneath the windshield 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 2015 Buick Verano comes standard with features that some of its competitors don't even offer as options. Base models get 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. It also comes standard with an electronic parking brake, and sound-deadening tricks like acoustic laminated glass to keep the interior quiet, a rarity for this price range. 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 2015 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 a sport package that includes a rear spoiler. The Convenience package adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning, heated front seats, and a power driver's seat. Turbo models can be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission instead of the 6-speed automatic, and also come with leather, a heated steering wheel, and a 9-speaker Bose sound system.

Under the Hood

The standard engine on three models of the 2015 Buick Verano is a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, which comes connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, you can opt for the Verano Turbo which, not surprisingly, comes with a turbocharged engine. With 250 horsepower from its 2.0 liters, and coming with either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission, it definitely makes the Verano 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 2015 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)

Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

Share this page
Advertisement
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

Advertisement
Thanks for Supporting
Kelley Blue Book.
We deliver up-to-date car values, expert reviews and unbiased reporting at no
cost to you. To do this, we display ads from only trusted automotive partners.

To continue on our site, simply turn off your ad blocker and refresh the page.