Earning its fifth consecutive 5-Year Cost to Own Award, the Buick Verano once again tops the Entry-Level Luxury Car category. While light on visual flair, the compact Verano nonetheless charms with subdued but tasteful styling, pleasing refinement, and a host of tempting features. Infuse those traits into a sedan with a starting price under $22,000 and you have the basis for an exceptionally sweet deal.
Offered in three variants, even the least expensive Verano trim boasts a generous roster of standard features including numerous power assists, keyless remote, a 6-speaker audio system with 7-inch color touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Equally important is Buick's signature Quiet Tuning system which imparts the Verano's well-finished cabin with the kind of class-leading noise isolation typically found in luxury sedans.
Climb the Buick Verano's model hierarchy and buyers can indulge in leather upholstery, 8-way power seats, Bose premium audio, and embedded navigation. On the safety front, optional Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning are available to supplement the car's standard 10 airbags, StabiliTrak stability/traction control system, and enhanced smart pedal brake override system.
Offered exclusively with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, the 180-horsepower Verano is no speed demon but it does run on money-saving regular gasoline and accelerates with appropriate urgency when the need arises. In total, the 2017 Buick Verano is a smooth riding, confident handling, and pleasantly livable sedan, all qualities that pair well with its commendably low cost to own.