2015 Buick VeranoBuying Guide • Review • Research
While some of the competing models, especially those from foreign automakers, offer a few more technology features and have a more sporty exterior look, there's no denying that the new Verano stacks up well when compared to other domestic models in this segment. Other than the fact that the car is rather small in stature and therefore doesn't promise much in terms of comfort for rear-seat passengers, the general reaction from shoppers is positive. The interior is nicely crafted and contains better-than-average materials, and the ride is very nice indeed.
What's New For 2015
Virtually the same model as the previous year, Buick has made only a few small adjustments to the exterior look and interior layout. The OnStar® system is now available and places a WiFi hotspot on the vehicle. Multiple devices can be connected which gives passengers a wide range of online connections. The standard features and optional upgrades are essentially the same as last year's offering.
Top Ten Reasons to Buy A 2015 Buick Verano - The pros
1) A Very Comfortable Ride
Some compact sedans have a choppy feel to the ride, and the steering can be a bit tight. The 2015 Verano is not only quiet, it responds very well to a slight touch on the steering wheel. Even at highway speeds, the exterior noise is all but blanketed, so there's no need to shout to be heard. The handling is slightly better than average, and there is very little shock when traveling over uneven surfaces.
2) Honest Fuel Efficiency
It would be nice if every American sedan achieved 37 mpg on the highway, but facts are facts. When the added weight of nice materials and a sturdy frame are part of the equation, the result is average fuel consumption. However, Buick has managed to strike a good average indeed, with the automatic transmission Verano capable of going long distances between fill-ups. Highway mileage is about 32 mpg, more than respectable for a luxury compact.
3) Plenty Of Trim Options
The 2015 Buick Verano is available in four distinct trims. The base model comes with nicely designed 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, an eight-way adjustable driver seat, and even a rearview camera. The uplevel Convenience Group trim adds on foglights, driver alert systems with cross-traffic alert and lane departure warnings, and a newly designed rear park sensor, The more luxurious Leather Group trim offers leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel, while the Premium Turbo Group trim contains a peppy turbocharged engine and a sporty rear spoiler.
4) Premium Interior Materials
Buick has certainly not spared the expenses when it comes to the vehicle's interior. For the price paid, many would expect cheap plastic and uninspiring, flat-surfaced upholstery, but the Verano surprises by using very sophisticated carpeting and soft-touch interior padding. The contoured panels are visually appealing, and no surface area is wasted.
5) High-Quality Driver Interface
The touchscreen measures seven inches diagonally, and the text is very easy to read. The large icons can be custom-arranged and are simple to understand. The voice command is quite responsive and is very useful for iPhone addicts. Other than the annoying problem of slow response to touch control, the interface is of very high quality.
6) Safety And Security
All 2015 Buick Verano model trims come with both front and rear side airbags. There are also front-seat knee airbags and side-curtain airbags running the length of the cabin. Anti-lock disc brakes are of course standard, and the vehicle contains the OnStar® system that includes crash response and on-demand roadside assistance. All of the driver alert systems including blind-spot and forward collision warning are standard on all but the base trim.
7) High Crash Rating Scores
The Buick Verano achieved a 5-star score on most of the crash tests performed. The best scores were for frontal- and side-impact protection. The model also scored well in the tests performed for whiplash protection and overall seat safety.
8) Smooth Transmission Response
The 2015 Buick Verano has very nice shifting with little or no hesitation. The performance is even better when the turbocharged 2L engine is chosen.
9) Roomy Front-Seat Area
Buick decided to eliminate some of the back-seat comfort and spoil the driver and front passenger instead. The Verano has plenty of head and shoulder room, and drivers will be able to get comfortable regardless of their height or bulk.
10) Appealing Price Tag
Considering the luxurious interior and long list of standard features, the starting price of around $24,500 is quite reasonable. The uplevel trims are not as expensive as one might think.
Reasons You May Not Want To Buy A 2015 Buick Verano - The Cons
1) Cramped Rear Seating Area
The model offers less space in the rear of the cabin than most other similarly priced compact sedans. The rear portion of the cabin is wide enough, but legroom is very disappointing.
2) Lack Of Memory Features
Most upscale sedans have memory functions for the front seats and power reclining seats, but both of these are lacking on the 2015 Buick Verano. The air conditioning system is also missing some customized function settings.
3) Standard Engine Is Underwhelming
Some people might balk at the average fuel economy, but the big problem with performance is the undersized engine. Buyers will have to pay more for the 250-horsepower turbo version, which fortunately gets much better acceleration.
How It Stacks Up To the Competition
The Buick Verano is built on the same platform as the Chevrolet
Cruze, and the similarities are obvious. The Acura ILX is a close competitor, but shoppers soon discover that the Acura doesn't offer as many standard convenience features. The Audi A3 is also similar in design, but it is far more expensive and contains only a few niceties missing from the Verano, namely power seats and a more complex driver information console.
For the price paid, buyers are getting a very well-built machine, one that trades off a flashy exterior for better-than-average performance. So long as the small engine is not a deal-breaker, this model is perfect for those whose prime concerns are a quiet, comfortable ride and a plush interior. Affordability does indeed meet compact luxury, and its name is Verano.