2015 Buick Verano Expert Review

3.4 Overall Score
Performance 3.2 Comfort 3.4 Styling 3.4 Value 3.5

Editor's Overview

Don't let the 2015 Buick Verano and its small size fool you. This is a comfortable and refined entry-level luxury sedan, boasting all of the brand's acclaimed comfort and quiet, just in a compact-car size. While not as athletic as the Acura ILX, it packs a lot of value and features for its mid-$20,000 price.

You'll Like The 2015 Buick Verano If...

If luxury features like a quiet ride, a comfortable interior, and plenty of high-tech options are your thing, but you don't have a lot to spend, then this small Buick might just be what you're looking for. The available turbocharged engine adds a little spice without upsetting the luxury balance.

You May Not Like The 2015 Buick Verano If...

On the other hand, if you think even a compact sized luxury car should come with performance-oriented handling as standard equipment, then the Buick Verano may not be for you. Instead, check out the snappy feeling Acura ILX.

What's New

Like many GM vehicles this year, the 2015 Buick Verano gets OnStar with 4G LTE and a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, which includes a 3-month trial period. A new sport-appearance package is also available.

Interior Features

The 2015 Buick Verano boasts an interior that's high on quality materials and comfortable seats. The two lower-trim models offer premium cloth seats, while the upper trims come with leather seating. The front passengers will be plenty comfortable, with the driver's seat especially well bolstered for a car of this size. The rear seat isn't quite as generous, but at least it's no worse than competitors. We like the Verano's standard 7-inch touch-screen interface, but we do wish Buick would cut down on the number of buttons surrounding it.

Exterior Features

Park the Buick Verano next to a Chevrolet Cruze, and you'd still be hard pressed to tell that they share a common architecture. The Buick's waterfall grille, gently rising beltline and athletic stance are nicely wrapped up with the tucked-in trunk. There are also traditional Buick styling cues, such as the brand's aesthetic "portholes" atop the hood directly beneath the windshield pillars. The standard wheels are impressive 18-inch aluminum-alloys. Turbocharged Veranos are the sleepers of the line, with just a subtle "T" badge on the trunk and dual exhaust outlets to indicate their extra muscle.

Driving Impressions

If we had to pick one word to describe the 2015 Buick Verano, it'd be "comfortable." "Of course," you say, "it's a Buick, after all." While that's true, it's also a compact car, and even among other compact luxury sedans, the Buick Verano has a driving style that makes it feel like a bigger car, but in a good way. It's quiet, the ride is smooth, and this littlest of Buick sedans reminds us more of the larger Regal and LaCrosse than its corporate sibling, the Chevy Cruze. It's not sporty though. The standard 4-cylinder engine is adequate, and while the turbo offers zippy acceleration, the suspension is still tuned more for comfort. No matter, there are plenty of high-tech features available, like forward-collision warning, and the Buick Verano is probably the most comfortable car available at the price. That's saying something.

Pricing Notes

The base model 2015 Buick Verano has a very reasonable Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at just over $24,000. Prices go up from there, but even the top-line Verano with its turbocharged engine comes in at a reasonable $30,000 or so. Unless you crave the extra power, we'd suggest the Leather Group model, thanks to its plentiful features and reasonable $28,000 price tag. Overall, the Buick Verano comfortably undercuts the rest of its niche market of entry-level luxury vehicles. An Acura ILX 4-door sedan, by comparison, starts closer to $27,000, while a base Lexus CT 200h is over $8,000 beyond the Buick's starting price. Be sure to check KBB's Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their Verano. The downside is that the Verano's resale value isn't projected to be as good as the CT 200h, or even the ILX.

Notable Equipment

The 2015 Buick Verano comes standard with features that some of its competitors don't even offer as options. Base models get 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/USB sound system with touch screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a rearview camera. It also comes standard with an electronic parking brake, and sound-deadening tricks like acoustic laminated glass to keep the interior quiet, a rarity for this price range. All Veranos include 10 airbags, stability/traction control, and automatic crash response as part of a 6-month trial of the OnStar communications system.

Notable Options

Many desirable amenities for the 2015 Verano are bundled among its four trim levels. Those that are available a la carte include navigation, a power sunroof, and Bose premium sound. The sedan's outer appearance can be enhanced with a sport package that includes a rear spoiler. The Convenience package adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning, heated front seats, and a power driver's seat. Turbo models can be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission instead of the 6-speed automatic, and also come with leather, a heated steering wheel, and a 9-speaker Bose sound system.

Favorite Features

QUIET CABIN

Buick says it aimed for the 2015 Verano to be the quietest compact sedan on the market, and we think they may be on to something. Its QuietTuning technology goes a long way toward quelling unwanted noise and vibration.

TURBOCHARGED ENGINE

While the 2015 Buick Verano isn't very sporty, it can be quick if you pony up for the 250-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder. With 60 mph coming up in less than six seconds, and an available manual transmission, the Verano Turbo has plenty of kick.

Under the Hood

The standard engine on three models of the 2015 Buick Verano is a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, which comes connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, you can opt for the Verano Turbo which, not surprisingly, comes with a turbocharged engine. With 250 horsepower from its 2.0 liters, and coming with either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission, it definitely makes the Verano more interesting to drive. All Veranos are front-wheel drive. The base engine can run on regular unleaded gasoline, while premium is recommended for the turbo. Like other 2015 Buicks, the Verano includes free scheduled maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles.

2.4-liter inline-4

180 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm

171 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/32 mpg

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4

250 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm

260 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/31 mpg (manual), 21/30 mpg (automatic)

Editors' Notes

The 2015 Buick Verano is sort of like a Buick LaCrosse that got left in the dryer too long. However, these shrunken dimensions don't mean it's short on the things we like about Buick. It's comfortable, quiet and even kind of fun, thanks to an available turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. While the Verano shares its underpinnings with the Chevrolet Cruze, it offers much higher levels of fit and finish, advanced safety features, and a cloud-like ride. It also gives Buick a foothold in a new and growing niche: the entry-level compact luxury sedan. Compared to the Acura ILX, the Verano not as athletic, nor is it as fuel efficient as a Lexus CT 200h hybrid, but it is an excellent value.

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Nice and practical. This baseline car model does give you some nice extras.

2015 Buick Verano Base

The base model does not have electric seating positions which I wish I would have noticed. Also, being a 4cy it uses a lot of gas. Other than that the base comes equipped with a backup camera which is nice to have. Since I bought her new I haven't had any real big problems other that a sensor going out but was easy to replace and not too expensive. I make sure that I keep up with the oil changes. The handling of the verano is good. The inside of the car is nice for two people. Although it sits four. The is not a lot of legroom in the back. Even the front is a little uncomfortable for a tall person. They have to put the seat all the way back. The features are good. I like the radio controls on the steering wheel. Also, it has a hands free phone system which is really nice so you can focus on the road. The sound system is good as well. It sounds good even when turned up. So overall, the verano is a good buy for someone that is looking for a compact car with some mid size features.

- Maria B

Great, small car with lots to offer you!

2015 Buick Verano Leather Group

My Buick Verano is great. Good on gas, which saves me a lot of money because I travel for work. It is comfortable with the leather seats. The seat warmers are a lifesaver in the winter. They are on both the driver and passenger sides. Heated steering wheel is also great. I bought it used and have had it for almost 2 years and have not had any real problems with it. My side mirror detectors were not working once, but a quick reset and they were fine. The only real thing I don't like is it is a little smaller than my past few cars. It makes carrying a full car load of people with luggage kind of tight and uncomfortable at times.

- Erik D

Great for some, a headache for others.

2015 Buick Verano 1SV

The car I have is a bit larger than I am used to which comes with a lot of issues for me. This may be something that is on a personal level however. The car itself runs well, but it requires very specific oil and oil changes so it can be a bit expensive. The car has no exceptional extras, but I adore some of what it does have. There is a USB plug in the center console between the two front seats and a space for a cord that could run out. While many people may be used to plugging charging ports for their phones into a device that is plugged into the lighter part of the car, this is a brilliant addition to take away that middle piece.

- Amber M

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