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, but close examination reveals the luxury treatment only goes skin-deep. Overstuffed front seats have uneven support and lack full power adjustment.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side front and rear, and head protection air bags standard.
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, but close examination reveals the luxury treatment only goes skin-deep. Overstuffed front seats have uneven support and lack full power adjustment. Cramped rear seating and a narrow driving position hurt accommodations.

Handling is sound and secure, but not exactly sporty. Performance is adequate, but fuel economy is just so-so at 24 mpg overall from the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Upscale features such as a heated steering wheel are available, while basics like a power-seat recline and adjustable lumbar are not. The Verano Turbo has a 250-hp, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and sportier suspension tuning. This makes the car more enjoyable to drive.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (180 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Buick Verano owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"A/C compressor within 8 hrs of purchasing the car, AFTER we were told the car had undergone a full and complete pre-delivery inspection"

Eric P., CO (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"heat comes out uncontrolled in warm weather. problem is intermittent. Does not happen consistently. only on occasion"

Anonymous, AR (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the temperature controls did not work as described. It would either be 80 or 65. I could not regulate using the temperature dial. When they replaced the evaporator they replaced the front module that controls the Temperature dials"

Joseph P., NY (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally, the AC will come on when very cold I just wanted the outside air to vent in"

Timothy R., OH (2013 Buick Verano None 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"We had an issue with the A/C was not getting cold. Temp of A/C coming out of was 52 degrees when it should be in the low 40's. Brought it back three times. On the third time, I refused to accept it until the Air was coming out at 40 degrees or below"

Joseph P., NY (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"extreme amount of heat pours out even when the setting is at 72 degrees. This problem occurs occasionally. Most of the time it works fine."

Robert M., AR (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The temperature setting seems erratic. Temperatures can vary extremely with just a one step (up or down) movement in the setting. Took it in for service and the dealership said there was no problem. I don't believe it"

Mark D., OH (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"heat comes out uncontrolled even at warm temp at times not consistently"

Anonymous, AR (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Keyless entry

"rt rear door proximity lock not operating. Fixed last year under warrantee but now not working again and out of warrantee."

Bill W., NY (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"drivers side keyless entry buttons do not work. hopefully will be repaired under warrantee"

Bill W., NY (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"all 4 keyless access handles failed"

Michael H., IL (2013 Buick Verano None 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"passenger door keyless latch stopped working. Dealer will replace under warranty this week"

Dan N., WA (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"gauges quit working-lane change light quit working"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"seal around the windshield had pin hole leaks"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Have a buzzing rattle coming from the left side of the dash. Brought it to the dealer . They test drove the car and confirmed hearing the noise. I left the car there for 2 days ( they provided a loaner).When I picked up the car they told me that the"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Buick Verano None 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Wind was blowing against a piece of the underbody which caused a noise that was hard to detect"

G K., CA (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The air dam came loose and was causing a wind noise. It was fixed by the dealer under warranty for no charge"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Bolt weld broke on door causing loud noise when opening"

Kathy R., OH (2013 Buick Verano None 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Glass defects

"the windshield leaked out of the factory"

Stephen P., WI (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Broken driver window from flying stone"

Gary S., PA (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"Radio had to be replaced under warranty"

Robert H., ON (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"System loses contact with external USN device and requires that it be removed and re-inserted to re=establish contact. This happens 1 in 5 times when car is turned off and then restarted. Very frustrating"

Gary B., FL (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"1.Occasionally when the Nav system requires more typed input, the screen is blank and has no way to enter the required info. 2.Maps and POI data are severely out of date and GM has no updates available ( I have requested them repeatedly). GM's local"

Gary B., FL (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Warning light indicated a problem.Computer verified. Converter changed under warranty. Pleased with outcome"

Thomas P., ON (2013 Buick Verano None 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

"Information display was not working properly"

Anonymous, MT (2013 Buick Verano None)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"again, brakes were mushy, soft, within hrs of taking delivery of the vehicle, after being told it had undergone a full and complete pre-delivery unspection"

Eric P., CO (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"right rear brake shoe failed causing the metal disk to be scraped and damaged requiring both rear brakes to be replaced"

A M., NY (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"car would stall soon after primary start"

Mike B., BC (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"pistons and rings needed replaced...common problem with verano engine"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Buick Verano)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"driver door seal deteriorated and had to be replaced, allowing wind noise to enter driver compartment"

Stephen P., WI (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"In stop and go traffic or when you have taken your foot off the gas and then reapplied in at LOW speeds <10Kmh the transmission hesitates and then "catches". Annoying more than anything. Service blames it on 6 speed automatic transmission"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Buick Verano None 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"noise in rear-fluid had leaked from strut"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"battery was old needed replaced."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Buick Verano)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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