Wednesday, October 29, 2014


The 2015 Buick Verano is powered by a four-cylinder engine that some owners say struggles to accelerate off-the-line and to get up to highway speeds, while others report that it provides adequate power. Owners prefer the available turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which owners think has great power output and delivers swift acceleration. 

A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, though some critics prefer the six-speed manual that’s available with the turbocharged engine, which they say makes the best use of the engine’s power. Reviewers praise the Verano’s comfortable ride and precise, nicely weighted steering. While owners also report that the Verano feels stable in turns, most don’t consider it athletic.

Buick’s infotainment setup, IntelliLink, is included on all 2015 Verano models, featuring a newly developed OnStar system with 4G LTE and a hotspot to provide a mobile hub to help driver and passengers stay connected. The hotspot will be live whenever the ignition is on, enhancing its usability. A three-month, three-gigabyte data subscription also will be included, in addition to six months of OnStar.

IntelliLink can connect up to ten devices including smartphones, SD cards, and MP3 players. Other standard features include Text Messaging Alerts for smartphones that will read texts over the car’s audio-system speakers and Siri Eyes Free integration for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users. Should the driver forget that they’re actually in a car and not a coffeehouse, all but the base Verano also include forward collision avoidance, lane-departure warnings, side blind-spot detection, and rear cross traffic-alert systems.

The Verano also offers five years of the OnStar Basic Plan, which includes RemoteLink Key Fob Services. RemoteLink Key Fob allows owners to remotely start and lock/unlock a car, and activate the horn and lights from anywhere with a data connection. In addition, it includes OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, which performs a monthly check of a vehicle’s engine, transmission, anti-lock brakes and more.

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