The Buick Verano small sedan, on sale here at Colonial Buick GMC in Watertown, Massachusetts, delivers premium comfort and amenities, strong performance and value that competitors from across the pond can’t match.
The five-passenger Buick Verano (MSRP starting at $23,380) shares many of the styling cues you’ll find on the larger LaCrosse. With an arching roofline, steeply raked windshield, chrome accents, a black waterfall grille and the signature Buick portholes, the Verano is sleek and elegant. Blue translucent rings around the projector beam headlamps and dual chrome exhaust outlets add sophistication, as do the chrome moldings and standard 17-inch aluminum wheels.
New for 2015 is an Appearance Package that adds both a rear spoiler and a silver/chrome grille, and Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic is added to the exterior color choices. Also new for 2015 is OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. A three-month/3G data trial is standard, so you can experience the convenience factory Wi-Fi offers immediately.
Available in Verano, Verano with Convenience Group, Verano with Leather Group and Verano with Premium Group trims, the 2015 Buick Verano is far more affordable than its competitors. In fact, a Buick Verano with nearly every possible option checks in at more than $3,000 less than an entry level Lexus IS 250 Sedan. The Verano costs almost more than $9,500 less than the BMW 3 Series and more than $8,000 less than a Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. The Verano also offers an available six-speed manual transmission, a feature not available in either the Lexus or the Mercedes-Benz.
Verano excellence and value have been recognized by automotive writers. AutoTrader
editors said, “The Verano is a great car option for young professionals looking for premium amenities without breaking the bank. Since it's not as mainstream as, say, the Infiniti G or the Lexus IS, originality is also on the Verano's side." In their 2014 review, Kelley Blue Book
staff said, “…the Verano and its topline Turbo version stand out in the entry-level luxury segment with their refinement and value proposition. With a starting price under $25,000, the 2014 Verano offers one of the most comfortable rides for the money.” In addition, the Verano earned a “5-Year Cost to Own Award” from Kelley Blue Book
in the entry-level luxury car segment, and it was named a Consumer Guide
“Best Buy” for 2014.
The Verano offers two engine choices. Standard in all but Premium Group trims is a 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine that produces 180 hp and 171 lb/ft of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control, the 2.4-liter returns an EPA-estimated 32 mpg highway, better than both the Infiniti Q40 and the Lexus IS. Standard in Premium trims is a turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec four-cylinder that supplies an impressive 250 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque through your choice of a turbo-specific six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control or the available six-speed manual. Even with all that added power, fuel efficiency is excellent – an EPA estimated 30 mpg highway. Both engines use Spark Ignition Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing, technology that helps engines produce maximum power as efficiently as possible.
A plush ride and responsive handling are two more Verano virtues. Up front, decoupled MacPherson struts eat up even the nastiest potholes, and a Watts Z-Link rear suspension further improves ride and contributes to excellent cornering. The rear setup is also lighter and less bulky than other rear suspension designs, allowing for better fuel economy and added cargo volume. The 14.3 cubic feet of storage in the Verano is more than you’ll find in the Q40 and two cubic feet more than the Acura ILX.
Moving inside, the Verano is both comfortable and, thanks to exclusive Buick QuietTuning™, uncommonly quiet. With premium soft-touch materials, ambient lighting, and wood and metallic trim, the Verano cabin further belies the car’s affordable price tag. The Verano comes standard with a six-speaker audio system with a full-color seven-inch touchscreen display; the Buick IntelliLink system, which can link up to 10 devices through Bluetooth wireless technology, USB and iPod connectivity; a Driver Information Center; dual-zone automatic climate control; a leather-wrapped tilting/telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise controls; Rear Vision camera; remote start and much more. There are multiple interior color schemes available, too.
As you climb the trim levels, standard amenities include heated front seats, heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors, leather seating surfaces, a Bose Premium nine-speaker audio system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an electronic parking brake and Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist.
Verano value is apparent in its occupant protection features, as well. The list of safety equipment and systems includes 10 standard airbags, antilock brakes with Panic Brake Assist, and a Smart Pedal brake override that can reduce engine power if both gas and brake pedals are pressed simultaneously. Other standard equipment includes a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, daytime running lamps and StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control. In all but the entry Verano trim, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are standard, too. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash testing, the Verano earned a “5-Star Overall” rating.
Every Verano comes with two years/24,000 miles of factory scheduled maintenance that covers oil changes and tire rotations, and warranty coverage that includes transferrable, no deductible, six-year/70,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty and four-year/50,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.
The more you know about the 2015 Buick Verano the better it gets. When you’re searching for a small luxury car, Verano quality and performance quickly rise to the top. Stop by today for a test drive and to learn more.