By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Verano in 2014

The 2014 Buick Verano now gets the latest version of IntelliLink, heated front seats standard on the Leather and Turbo models, and a universal home remote with three-channel garage door opener on some models, as well as two new available safety features: active forward collision alert and a lane departure warning. Also added is Smoky Gray Metallic as an exterior color...
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Vehicle Overview

The Buick Verano is the automaker’s entry into the premium compact sedan segment, and fits at the below the sporting Regal and upscale LaCrosse.

Summary

The 2014 Buick Verano comes standard with a 2.4-liter I-4 that makes 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque connected to a six-speed automatic, with an EPA-estimated 21/32 mpg city/highway. The optional 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 produces 260 lb-ft of torque and can be had with an automatic or six-speed manual. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 20-21 mpg city and 30-31 mpg highway, depending how you elect to change gears.

The 2014 Buick Verano received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing earned a rating of good for the four categories in which it has been tested (the highest-available rating is good). The Verano now has available forward collision alert and lane departure warning systems.

What We Think

If the 2014 Buick Verano can be called anything, it’s quiet. In a Driven review of a 2013 Verano Turbo we couldn’t help but notice that, even with the manual transmission, it was quiet and rather uninvolving. During the 2012 Automobile of the Year we commented, “Lamentably, it's not the kind of car that enthusiasts will want, but that's not Buick's problem. The interior is tasteful, the seats are among the best I've experienced this week, and the brakes have remarkable feel . . . It is well screwed together, quiet, and peppy enough (just), and it corners respectably, with a good, solid ride and well-controlled body motions. I hate to admit it, but I kind of like it.”

You’ll Like

  • Well-appointed interior
  • Comfortable and smooth driving
  • It’s quiet

You Won’t Like

  • So quiet you can’t even hear the turbo
  • Cramped interior
  • Fuel economy poor for I-4

Key Competitors

  • Mercedes-Benz CLA250
  • Acura ILX
  • Audi A3
  • Lexus IS 250

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