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The Verano is based on the previous generation Chevrolet Cruze, and tries to pack luxury into a compact package. A high point is its commendably quiet cabin. Power from the 2.4-liter four-cylinder is adequate, but the engine sounds raspy and its 24 mpg overall is among the worst in the class. An available 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder makes the car quicker and quieter. It rides relatively comfortably, and handling is responsive though not as sporty as the Regal's. The interior is roomy enough up front, but very cramped in the rear. The lack of power recline and adjustable lumbar support for the driver's seat is chintzy. Forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems are readily available. 2017 marks the final model year for the Verano.

Road Test

The Verano aims to pack a lot of luxury into a compact package. Its most impressive high point is a commendably quiet cabin. But this Buick doesn't quite conceal its roots from the more budget-friendly Chevrolet Cruze. The interior looks attractive,...

Highs

  • Very quiet interior
  • Stylish interior and exterior

Lows

  • For the Verano's price, you can get a nicely-equipped mid-sized sedan that gets better fuel economy and has more interior room.
  • Tight rear seat

Best Version to Get

It's well worth upgrading from the base Standard Equipment Group to the Convenience Equipment Group; it adds a power driver's seat, heated mirrors, a rear camera, and blind spot monitoring. That's a lot of equipment for the $1,300 uptick in price. The Leather Equipment Group adds le...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 6 year/70,000 miles
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (180 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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