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2017 Buick Verano Review

The 2017 Buick Verano has a smooth ride, a good safety score, and a great predicted reliability rating. However, this sedan's cramped rear seats and dated tech features keep it in the middle of our compact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride quality
  • Quiet interior
  • Good safety scores and features
  • Excellent predicted reliability
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Sluggish infotainment controls




Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Buick Verano Overview

Is the 2017 Buick Verano a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Buick Verano is a fine used vehicle and a decent pick in the crowded compact car segment. The Verano has a good reputation for reliability. It offers a comfortable ride and a hushed interior, and it rates well for crash safety. It’s not perfect, however. The Verano has merely adequate engine performance and returns low fuel economy for a small car – just 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Its styling and infotainment features are outdated, and the back seats are snug.

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How Much Is the 2017 Buick Verano?

You can expect to pay between $14,200 and $19,000 for a used 2017 Verano. These figures are based on more than 500 listings for the 2017 Buick Verano on our site. The average list price is $16,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Buick Verano Cost to Own?

The Verano’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $24,800 – or around $4,950 per year. That’s higher than average for the compact car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Verano?

Buick discontinued the Verano after the 2017 model year, so there aren’t any new models for sale.

There are few new-car options if your budget is limited to the average price of a 2017 Verano, but if you drop down to the subcompact car class, you’ll find some good possibilities. The 2018 Kia Rio starts at just $13,900, and it has a handsome cabin, user-friendly features, and lithe handling. The 2018 Toyota Yaris iA (starting at $15,950) has a lovely interior, lots of standard tech and safety features, and excellent fuel economy (32/40 mpg).

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Which Model Year of the Buick Verano Is Best?

The first and only generation of the Buick Verano spans the 2012 to 2017 model years. Every model rates well for reliability and provides a quiet, comfortable ride. There are a few things to consider about this generation though. The Verano’s full suite of advanced safety features didn’t arrive until 2014. This means the 2012 and 2013 models don’t offer forward collision warning or lane departure warning. Additionally, the Verano’s optional 250-horsepower turbo engine was only available for the 2013 through 2016 model years. Stick with one of those models if you’re looking for zippier turbocharged acceleration.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Buick Verano?

The 2017 Verano has an excellent predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Buick Verano Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one recall for the 2017 Verano. An ignition lock fault may allow drivers to remove the ignition key without shifting the vehicle into park or turning the vehicle off. If that happens, it's possible for the car to rollaway. Before buying a used 2017 Verano, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Used Buick Verano Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Verano is available in three trim levels: base, Sport Touring, and Leather. You might want to skip the base model. It offers fewer standard features than many other cars in this class. The base model comes fitted with a CD player, a USB port, remote keyless entry, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, cloth seats, and alloy wheels.

The Verano Sport Touring trim is a better option. It adds a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, satellite radio, remote start, heated front seats, and rear parking sensors. The Verano Leather trim adds leather seats, a Bose stereo, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. Available features include a navigation system, a moonroof, and a Driver Confidence package that includes forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.

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What Does Buick's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Buick offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles receive a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty expires. This warranty includes free maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to six years or 100,000 miles. Buick CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Buick’s warranty page carefully.

Buick has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. According to our analysis, only Kia and Mini have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Verano?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Verano a top score of Good in all areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Verano a perfect five-star rating for overall, front, and side impact safety, as well as four stars for rollover safety. The Verano is available with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

2017 Buick Verano Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Buick Verano or 2017 Chevrolet Cruze?

The 2017 Chevy Cruze and the Verano are both excellent vehicles, but the Cruze is the more refined compact car. The Cruze is more fuel-efficient, especially when equipped with its available turbodiesel engine (which earns up to 30/52 mpg). Its cabin is roomier with more up-to-date styling. Its infotainment system is easier to use, and it supports the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration programs. Finally, it’s available in both sedan and hatchback body styles.

Which Is Better: 2017 Buick Verano or 2017 Toyota Corolla?

The Verano sits higher in our rankings than the 2017 Toyota Corolla, on the strength of the Verano's better safety and reliability ratings. The Buick also bests the slow-accelerating and underpowered Corolla in performance. Advantages to the Corolla include better gas mileage (up to 30/40 mpg), an easier-to-use touch screen, and much roomier rear seats than the Verano. It also comes loaded with standard safety features, many of which are available in the Buick.

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2017 Verano Performance

How Does the 2017 Buick Verano Drive?

The Verano has a four-cylinder engine with 180 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. This engine heaves the Buick up to speed with sufficient zip and provides decent passing power on the highway. The six-speed transmission is smooth and downshifts promptly. The Verano’s suspension soaks up most bumps and dips nicely, yielding a comfortable ride while also keeping the car stable around corners. These driving dynamics are fine for the everyday commute, but many cars in this class are more fun to drive and provide peppier acceleration.

Does the 2017 Buick Verano Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Verano gets poor fuel economy for a compact car. It returns an EPA-rated 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

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2017 Verano Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Verano Seat?

The Buick Verano is a four-door sedan with five seats. The front seats are generously padded and provide a relaxed driving position, but the bottom cushion is a little too short for comfort – especially for taller drivers. The rear seats are cozy but legroom is in short supply. Kids fit back here just fine, but adults will be far less comfortable. Cloth upholstery is standard; heated and leather seats are available. The Verano’s interior remains especially quiet at highway speeds, which isn’t typical of compact cars.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Buick Verano?

The Verano has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2017 Buick Verano Features

Standard features in the Verano include a CD player and a USB port. Optional features include a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a navigation system, and a Bose stereo. The dashboard is crowded with a wide array of buttons, which can make finding the right control difficult when driving. The available IntelliLink touch screen benefits from a simple menu structure but is occasionally slow to respond.

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2017 Buick Verano Dimensions

Buick Verano Cargo Space

The Verano has 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for this class. The rear seats can fold in a 60/40-split to accommodate longer items.

2017 Verano Length and Weight

The Buick Verano is 15.3 feet long, and it has a curb weight of 3,300 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Buick Verano Built?

The 2017 Verano was built in Michigan.


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