The 2013 Buick Verano is a compact luxury sedan with an emphasis on luxury. Don’t be put off by the word ""compact."" You’ll still find seating for five passengers, 42.1 inches of front legroom, and plenty of room for bags in the trunk, but in a more manageable, more affordable package. You’ll also find luxury options for the Verano that will make it competitive with just about any other luxury sedan on the market. The mission of the Verano is to offer comfort with practicality, and it does this job rather well.
On the whole, the 2013 Buick Verano is a nice combination of luxury and economy; and if you’re looking for a compact sedan that feels more like a midsize luxury car, this may be the one for you. The biggest complaint with the previous year’s model was a lack of power, and while a muscle engine isn’t necessarily a major requirement for those shopping for a car in this class, the complaint has nonetheless been addressed with the rolling out of the Turbo model, which should give you all the power you need.
New For 2013
The Buick Verano itself is practically brand new, having been introduced just one year earlier. The 2013 model gets a little spice added to the line in the form of a Turbo trim level. On the new Turbo model you’ll find:
- 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
- Faster acceleration
- Competitive fuel economy
The exterior of the 2013 Buick Verano has a sleek, streamlined look featuring the traditional Buick black chrome waterfall front grille, along with chrome accents and jewel-styled headlights. It comes with 18-inch polished alloy wheels and optional flush mount rear spoiler. Additional exterior options packages are available. Options for the Leather Group trim include split multi-spoke forged alloy wheels and a power sun roof. Exterior body color possibilities include Carbon Black Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Luxo Blue Metallic, and Quicksilver Metallic.
Interior & Cargo
One nice feature of the 2013 Buick Verano interior is the adaptive remote start system which, among other things, automatically heats the leather front seats when temperatures fall below a certain level, so you can start driving right away in comfort. The highlight of the Verano’s interior is probably the integrated center stack featuring Buick’s IntelliLink system. You’ll find a high resolution, seven-inch color display with a simple touch screen that allows you to choose from a variety of music options or phone communication, as well as optional GPS navigation that can be controlled with just the push of a button or using voice activated commands.
The interior of the Buick Verano is also nice and quiet, thanks to acoustic laminated glass and triple sealed doors, so all you’ll hear is the premium sound (available nine-speaker Bose Premium Audio) coming from the radio, or nothing at all. The sounds your family makes on those long, otherwise quiet drives are your responsibility.
The OnStar system highlights Buick Verano’s safety features. OnStar allows you instant access to emergency roadside assistance, as well as the ability to remotely lock, unlock, start, and even locate the vehicle. You’ll find a full ten airbags in the 2013 Buick Verano, including knee airbags, outboard rear seat side impact air bags, and head curtain side air bags that deploy in the case of a rollover situation. Other safety features include a four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), stability and traction control, electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist. For driving with children, the Verano is compatible with the LATCH system for child safety seats and has rear door child safety locks. In addition to remote start, vehicle location and locking/unlocking for theft protection, you’ll find an alarm system and engine immobilizer. Like the 2012 model, the 2013 Buick Verano is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
You’ll get a nice, smooth ride with the Buick Verano thanks to the Stabilitrak with traction control for high-performance handling, even in difficult road conditions. The Verano comes with a fairly powerful EcoTec 2.4-liter, direct injection, four-cylinder engine linked to a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission, which delivers 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. The Verano offers a very respectable 21/32 mpg city/highway with E85 fuel compatibility. The new Premium model with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, direct injection, four cylinder engine produces a heftier 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which makes it a nice upgrade option for those who want the comfort and convenience of the standard Verano but with some extra pep. A six-speed manual transmission is available on the Premium for those who really want to turn their Verano into the ultimate compact sports sedan. The Premium still gets about 21/30 mpg city/hwy.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Buick Verano
- Acura TSX
- Kia Optima
- Hyundai Sonata