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.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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.
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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 2014 Buick Verano owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"answer the same as previously stated...it was all connected to the same computer"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"On the second day of ownership, the dash monitor froze up and went blank, dealer replace unit under warranty. The Monitor did it one more time ater replacement, but it only lasted a few minutes"

James W., OH (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"screen goes blank and says no remote in vechicle"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"display panel would not show...it was a defective computer"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"2 problems -- I cannot be understood, and I speak plain English and the navigation system does not override the radio, so the audio is dreadful"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"i cannot be understood, and I speak plain English"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice recognition systems is totally useless. It does not even recognize the preprogrammed commands"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"I got a message that the blind spot warning system needed maintenance (dashboard warning message). The system did not work for a few days and I was getting an annoying warning beeper while driving. Before I could get the car in for service, the problem went away. When I looked in the owners manual for info on the warning message, the manual said “if the message persists, get the system serviced”. This led me to believe the warning message did not necessarily indicated a problem with the system but with the message warning system. Not this occurred one day after having car serviced for oil change. Not sure if it was related."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The blind spot warning system stopped working 3 months after the car was purchased. A replacement harness can not be located."

Michael W., NY (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"seat sensor"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Buick Verano None 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"#23520 - Special coverage adjustment service bulletin. Pinched wires on passenger presence module."

Anonymous, WV (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Factory recall for faulty sensor"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor stopped working on passenger side mirror a year ago then went out on driver side this past winter. eventually lane departure went out and now the backup alarms are misfiring. The cost to replace sensor is over $600."

Anonymous, MI (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Same as previous note"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Once in a while when I turn to AC, it stays warm, doesn't cool. If I turn off engine, most of the time it will then work."

Anonymous, MD (2014 Buick Verano)

"AC stopped working; dealer replaces compressor (under warranty) and fixed the problem"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Buick Verano None)

"A/C compressor failed within 3 weeks of purchase. Failure was during a day of 103 degrees in Southern California! This is unacceptable! Had to wait 1 week for replacement at dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Buick Verano None 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"Same as the AC"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Buick Verano)

"System would go uncontrollable to cold"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Buick Verano None 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

"The heater sometimes doesn't seem to be sending heat into the vehicle. It actually blows cool air when it's cold outside. Then other times it's fine"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Buick Verano None)

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

Body control module

"intermittent doesn't start air bag and service side detection and tire warning lights are on. cause left side object detection module internally shorted. replace harness. Warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle had no eletrical power - lights, starter,"

Anonymous, AB (2014 Buick Verano None 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car died after driving 1/2 block. Module near + battery terminal replaced & tightened"

Anthony G., NM (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"had to replace right rear brake light"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Right headlight bulb would not stay seated when placed into headlight plugin. Changed headlight bulb fixed problem"

Anthony G., NM (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

"When I filled the tank with gas, it would only fill it 3/4 rather than getting a full tank of gas"

Anonymous, IN (2014 Buick Verano None)
Fuel pump

"The car indicated a problem with only 3400 miles on it and I had to have it towed to the dealership. They determined it was a faulty fuel pump, replaced it with their apologies. GM also called to apologize and gave me free OnStar. No prob since"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Engine service light; diagnosed as O2 sensor, which was replaced under warranty"

Stephen S., MN (2014 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

Squeaks or rattles

"The vehicle now has a rattling and popping noise from the passenger side of the dashboard"

M W., NY (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the loose trip pieces result in an annoying squeak when doors are opened or closed"

Neil S., AZ (2014 Buick Verano None 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This car had rattles in the door, A pillar, headliner, seat belt retainer, and dashboard. It was taken to dealer 3 times. This was a poorly assembled car! I've rented cars with 20,000 miles with less rattles"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Buick Verano None 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"several pieces of interior and exterior trim were loose at delivery or have become loose and needed to be repaired"

Neil S., AZ (2014 Buick Verano None 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The under the front bumper cover came loose because of the screws installed at Buick. The dealer wanted to replace the cover and make me pay for it. I insisted that he just had to replace the screws as a warrantee item"

Larry N., AB (2014 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)

"the vehicle was under warranty so it was only inconvience"

Barbara H., CA (2014 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

"no response when the battery went out"

Barbara H., CA (2014 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

Windows

"Driver's window suddenly wouldn't go down, had car 6 mos. Door had to be taken completely apart--something not wired tightly. 2 -3 day repair"

Cherie F., OH (2014 Buick Verano None 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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.

Drive System

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

Engine Major

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

Brakes

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

Engine Cooling

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

Transmission Minor

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

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