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2013 Buick Verano Review

With outstanding reliability and safety scores and a quiet interior, the used 2013 Buick Verano sits among the best vehicles in its class. However, the base powertrain – while fine for around-town driving – doesn’t have great highway acceleration. 

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet interior
  • Ample trunk space
  • Responsive available turbocharged engine
  • Excellent reliability 
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Confusing dashboard buttons

New for 2013

  • Verano Turbo introduced
  • Rearview camera made standard
  • IntelliLink infotainment system made standard
  • Rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring made available

Rankings & Awards

The 2013 Buick Verano's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Compact Cars category. It was the winner of our 2013 Best Upscale Small Car for the Money award and the winner of our 2013 Best Upscale Small Car for Families award and the winner of our 2017 Best Used Cars for Teens award. Currently the Buick Verano has a score of 8.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 48 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.8
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2013 Buick Verano Overview

Is the 2013 Buick Verano a Good Used Car?

A used 2013 Verano is a great car. Its long list of standard features, including a rearview camera, satellite radio, and a touch-screen infotainment system, also make it a great value. When it was new, we named it our 2013 Best Upscale Small Car for the Money and 2013 Best Upscale Small Car for Families.

Used 2013 Buick Verano Performance and Interior

The 2013 Buick Verano’s standard engine is a direct-injected four-cylinder that produces 180 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. An available turbocharged four-cylinder engine was introduced for 2013 – it makes 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. An automatic transmission is standard with the base engine, while the turbo engine may be paired to an automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The base Verano gets EPA fuel economy estimates of 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. These numbers drop just a hair with the turbo engine.

The standard powertrain delivers enough strength for daily driving and takes off from a stop with little drama. However, the turbocharged engine is much more adept for high-speed merging and passing maneuvers. Ride quality is comfortable and composed, but a bit dull. There is little body lean around turns. The front-wheel-drive Verano's cabin is well insulated from road and wind noise.

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The 2013 Verano sedan seats five on standard fabric seats with leatherette bolsters. Some used models may have leather upholstery, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, but rear legroom is a little tight. The Verano’s LATCH child-seat system includes two sets of lower anchors and three top tether anchors. This sedan also has a good amount of trunk space for its class, at 14.3 cubic feet.

Standard features in the 2013 Verano include dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, a six-speaker stereo system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a 7-inch IntelliLink touch-screen infotainment system, and a rearview camera. Available features include a heated steering wheel, a sunroof, proximity-key entry, push-button start, a nine-speaker Bose premium sound system, and navigation. The touch-screen system is straightforward and features large icons, but many of the other physical buttons on the dashboard are hard to differentiate between.

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Used 2013 Buick Verano Prices

You can expect to pay between about $10,800 and $13,000 for a used 2013 Buick Verano. Prices depend on the car's mileage, condition, and features, and they may vary with demand and location. 

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For our 2013 Buick Verano review, we researched dozens of professional evaluations, along with safety scores, reliability data, and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Buick Verano?

The 2013 Verano has a perfect reliability rating of five out five from J.D. Power. The industry-wide average score is three out five. Many 2013 luxury small cars get an above-average score.

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How Safe Is the Verano?

The 2013 Buick Verano has great safety scores. It earned five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test. The Verano received the highest score of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. It was also named a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick. 

A rearview camera is the only active safety feature that comes standard in the Verano. Some models may also come with rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Is the 2013 Verano the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Buick Verano is part of the car's first and only generation, which spans the 2012 through 2017 model years. You might be able to save money by shopping for a 2012 Verano, but the 2013 model is a better choice. It introduced a standard rearview camera and infotainment system, as well as an available turbocharged engine and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. Moving forward to a 2014 Verano would likely cost you a little more money, but it may add available forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

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Which Used Buick Verano Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Verano is available in four trims: base, Convenience, Leather, and Premium. The price range across these trims is small, so the best value will likely be the top Premium trim. It comes with the new-for-2013 turbocharged engine, as well as nearly all optional features. These include leather seats, heated front seats, a Bose stereo, and driver assistance features like rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring.

With Buick’s CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven 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. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Buick Verano and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Buick Verano or 2013 Nissan Altima?

The 2013 Nissan Altima has below-average reliability and tends to cost more than the 2013 Verano. You might find a little more rear-seat passenger space in the midsize Altima, but it comes with few standard features. The Altima's base engine is loud, though handling is more engaging than what the Verano offers. Overall, the Altima is not as good of a car.

Which Is Better: 2013 Buick Verano or 2013 Hyundai Elantra?

Like the Altima, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra's reliability is much worse than the Verano's, and the Elantra gets lower safety scores, too. With only one available (and underpowered) engine, the Elantra offers little in the way of thrilling performance. The Verano comes with more standard features, but you can probably scoop up an Elantra for less money (read, four figures). Still, you're better off spending a little more money on the much better Verano.

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