2017 Buick Verano Preview, Specs and Price
The 2017 Buick Verano delivers quiet and comfort but the most appealing engine, the 2.0-liter turbo, doesn’t return for the final run. Buyers should look for deals on this lame-duck car.
Buick sends its compact Verano sedan off in to the sunset with a brief 2017 model year and a simplified lineup that features base, Sport Touring, and Leather models. Small lineup loses the 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, leaving only the 180-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder.
The Verano is related to the first-generation Chevrolet Cruze, but that model was redesigned for 2016 and the Verano will not follow in its footsteps.
The Verano straddles the mainstream and premium markets. It’s clearly not on the amount of a Cadillac, but it’s not priced like one either.
Inside our updated rating system the Verano scores a 5.8, earning points for interior comfort, quietness, and good safety ratings.
Styling and performance
The Verano’s styling fits neatly into Buick’s lineup, with a couple of heritage-inspired hints in its grille and interior that help mask its small car proportions. It’s a style that’s uniformy subdued and tasteful apart from the tack fake portholes on its hood that look more Pep Boys than design house. Inside, things look even more polished with a sprint that’s finished richly and gauges lit softly.
Underneath, the Verano’s four-wheel independent suspension is just a clone of the last-generation Chevy Cruze, nevertheless the Buick is tuned more for comfort and is considerably quieter. All models have a smooth feel, but they could be entertaining if pushed. There’s moderate body lean, but it’s kept under control by precise, if light steering. Solid stopping power comes thanks to four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, even though the brake pedal is quite spongy.
The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder motor isn’t rocket quick. It’s capable of a 0-60 mph jaunt of a moderate 8.6 seconds, but to its credit the Verano feels more eager thanks to its quick-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission and a refinement level that’s nearly tops for the segment.
Fuel efficiency isn’t tops for a tight sedan. The Verano has been rated by the EPA at 21 mpg city, 31 highway, 24 combined—not too impressive compared to mainstream compact cars.
Interior, safety, and features
The Verano stands apart from less-pricey compact four-doors thanks to its refined, comfortable, and silent interior. Buick coins the interior as “Quiet Tuning” and that accurately describes this little four-door’s personality. Meticulous measures to deaden sound include laminated and acoustic glass, extensive utilization of baffles, foams, and mats, and triple sealing on the doors. The effect is an almost silent small car that provides for hushed conversation even at high speeds on rough terrain.
Interior trim and appointments are generally worthy of comparison to luxury cars this size, and the front-wheel-drive layout bestows the Verano with a spacious interior. The front seats are supportive for an entire day for a particularly wide range of driver sizes. There’s even a lot of rearward seat travel for tall drivers and good head room with or minus the available moonroof. In the rear, the Verano features seats contoured nicely for 2 adults, but there is some compromised leg room needlessly to say from its short proprotions. The trunk is well-shaped with considerable space and a wide aperture. A corner seatbacks fold almost flat for additional large item storage.
Crash-test ratings from thefederal government’s NHTSA are five stars overall. However, the Verano can’t qualify for the IIHS’Top Safety Pick because it’s not even been afflicted by the demandingsmall-overlap crash test. Equipment-wise, ten airbags are standard, as is OnStar Automatic Crash Response. A rearview camera is standard on allversions but the base model, and buyers can opt for rear park assist, blind-spot monitors, forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, and rear cross traffic alerts.
Starting in the low $20,000 range, the base Verano is sold with dual-zone automatic climate control, steering-wheel audio controls, an AM/FM/CD player, a USB jack, and 17-inch alloy wheels. However, the base model lacks Bluetooth, the backup camera, and touchscreen infotainment. Those features are standard on another models, and buyers can get such features as heated front seats, a heated tyre, navigation, a Bose surround sound speakers, and leather upholstery on higher line models.