Monday, August 25, 2014


The 2014 Buick Verano is a  premium sedan which has the same powertrain as the Chevrolet Cruze. Nevertheless, the Verano is original inside and out, and defined by distinctive and upscale European character. Like its near-luxury competitors, the Verano is refined, attractive and well-equipped.

The Verano should appeal to 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, some of the Verano's appeal might be its originality, five-seat 2014 Buick Verano is available in base, Convenience Group, Leather Group and Premium Group trims. 

All models except the Premium have a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Premium (Verano Turbo) has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is available on the Premium model. Buick introduced the Verano for the 2012 model year, and last year, the 2013 Verano was named our Best Upscale Small Car for the Money and our Best Upscale Small Car for Families.

Before the Verano Turbo was introduced, we liked the Leather-trimmed version. It offers the amenities heated seats, push-button start and, of course, leather upholstery -- that separate a luxury car from a more pedestrian vehicle. And if a powerful engine isn't a big deal, the Leather Verano package is still a great choice. But if you're looking for a sporty, entry-level luxury car, the Verano Turbo is the clear winner. 

The 2014 Verano’s cabin feels luxurious and is made with premium materials, test drivers say. Front seats are spacious and supportive, with plenty of room for the driver to stretch out, they add. Reviewers say that the rear seats are snug, but usable, which is normal in a small sedan. 

People like the Buick Verano’s generous list of standard features, including a six-speaker stereo with touch-screen display, USB and auxiliary ports, OnStar, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity,satellite radio ,steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls and a voice-activated infotainment system. 

Optional features include a nine-speaker Bose sound system, push-button start, navigation and a moonroof. Several test drivers say the dashboard is crowded with too many buttons, making controls confusing to operate. Newly available safety features a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and rear cross traffic alert. blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning,

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