The Buick Verano is a premium compact car with a luxurious five-passenger interior. A very enjoyable sedan to drive, Verano costs thousands less than such rivals as the Acura ILX, Lexus IS 250, and Audi A3.
Verano launched as a 2012 model, and a turbocharged engine joined the lineup for 2013. Newly available safety features for the 2014 Buick Verano include Forward Collision Alert and a Lane Departure Warning, which are standard in the top two trim levels. Enhanced for 2014, Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system gains text message support, Siri Eyes Free, and smartphone voice-recognition pass-through. Text message support alerts the driver to new messages, which can be read aloud, viewed, and responded to (depending on the smartphone that’s used). IntelliLink also enables streaming audio from a cell phone, via services such as Pandora Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio. Heated front seats have become standard for 2014 on all but the base model. The top three trim levels also gain a universal home remote with three-channel programmable garage door opener for the 2014 model year.
Verano comes standard with fabric seats with leatherette trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, OnStar assistance system, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, height-adjustable front seats, split folding rear seat, power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD stereo, auxiliary input jack, USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, Buick IntelliLink infotainment system with voice recognition, trip computer, rearview camera, remote engine starting, automatic headlights, fog lights, and P235/45R18 tires on alloy wheels.
The Verano Leather version ($26,900) upgrades to leather-trimmed upholstery, a heated steering wheel, keyless access and pushbutton starting, and a Bose nine-speaker sound system.