A hearty perennial, the Buick Verano earned its fourth consecutive 5-Year Cost to Own Award in the Entry Luxury Car category. Although not the flashiest 4-door, the compact Verano continues to find favor thanks to its impressive mix of refinement, features and value. While an all-new generation is set to arrive for 2017, the largely carryover 2016 Verano gains some minor enhancements to help it remain competitive for one more season.
Available in five trim grades, Verano pricing starts under $22,000. Even the base 1SV boasts a generous roster of standards that include a bounty of power assists, dual-zone climate control, OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, keyless remote, a multifunction steering wheel on a tilt/telescoping column and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Equally important is Buick's signature Quiet Tuning system that gives the car's well-finished cabin class-leading sound-isolation characteristics.
Moving through the Verano model hierarchy brings even more standard/available premium touches from leather upholstery, 8-way power seats and Bluetooth to Bose premium audio, Buick IntelliLink, navigation and SiriusXM Satellite radio. Complementing 10 airbags, StabiliTrak stability/traction control and GM's enhanced smart pedal brake override standard on all Veranos, the top three variants also feature Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.
The front-drive Verano offers two Ecotec engines. Its standard 180-horsepower naturally aspirated 4-cylinder teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission provides adequate acceleration. Those seeking a bit more sizzle can step up to a 250-horse force-fed four in the top-line Verano Turbo that's pairable with either a 6-speed autoshifter or 6-speed manual.