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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.7
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2014 Buick Verano Review

The Buick Verano has a pleasant ride, excellent safety and reliability ratings, and a hushed, premium interior. Faults are few and far between, though the Verano does have cramped rear seats.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth, composed ride
  • Elegant cabin
  • Powerful turbocharged engine option
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Tight rear seats

New for 2014

 

  • Siri Eyes Free connectivity added
  • Forward collision and lane departure warning available

 

2014 Buick Verano Overview

Is the 2014 Buick Verano a Good Used Car?

The Buick Verano, our 2014 Best Upscale Small Car for Families, is a great option if you’re shopping for a used compact car. The Verano provides a soft ride, plush front seats, and a library-quiet interior. It rates highly for crash safety and reliability as well, and it’s available with many advanced safety features not common in this class, such as forward collision warning. That said, you’ll need to look elsewhere for a roomy back seat or class-leading fuel economy.

Used 2014 Buick Verano Performance and Interior

The 2014 Buick Verano has a 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The engine delivers sufficient acceleration and passing power, and the automatic earns good marks for its smooth and prompt shifts. Fuel economy is low for the class at just 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Another engine is available, but only on Verano Turbo models. This turbocharged four-cylinder produces 250 horsepower and gives the Verano far more zip with little drop in fuel economy (21/29 mpg city/highway). Going from zero to 60 mph takes just over 6 seconds. Buick offered this engine with the option of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Regardless of engine choice, the Verano provides adept handling and a soft, smooth ride quality. The suspension absorbs most bumps and dips with poise, yet keeps the Verano stable and well-composed though tight corners. The steering is accurate and nicely weighted as well, though the brakes feel rather soft and imprecise. The Verano is very quiet, even at high speeds, which isn’t typical of a compact car.

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The Buick Verano seats five and pleases with its attractive cabin. Interior fit-and-finish is great and most materials have a high-quality look and feel, though some hard plastics may remind you that the Verano is related to the less expensive Chevrolet Cruze. The front seats are comfortable and spacious, but the rear seats are cramped and short on legroom. Kids fit back here just fine, but adults will be far less cozy. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Verano has a sizable 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space, and its 60/40 split rear seats can fold to fit larger items.

All Veranos come packed with standard features, which include a 7-inch touch screen, a USB input, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free integration for iPhones, and a rearview camera. Buick’s touch-screen infotainment system – known as IntelliLink – benefits from large on-screen icons and a simple menu structure. That said, the screen is occasionally slow to respond. The dashboard also features a wide array of buttons, which can make finding the right control tricky when driving.

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Used 2014 Buick Verano Prices

Used 2014 Buick Veranos range from about $13,500 for base models to around $16,100 for Turbo models. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Buick Verano?

The Buick Verano has excellent reliability, earning a score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Verano?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Verano the highest rating of Good in all four 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 crash safety.

Buick equips all Verano sedans with a standard rearview camera. All upper trim levels (Convenience, Leather, and Turbo) also come standard with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Should I Consider Another Used Verano?

The 2014 Buick Verano marks the third model year of the vehicle’s first generation. Updates for 2014 include standard Siri Eyes Free connectivity, as well as available forward collision and lane departure warning. While you may find used 2012 and 2013 Verano models at far lower prices, they won’t offer these two helpful safety features. 

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Which Used Buick Verano Is Right for Me?

Buick offers the 2014 Verano in four trim levels: base, Convenience, Leather, and Turbo. Base models are well-equipped with a 7-inch touch screen, AM/FM/satellite radio, a CD player, a rearview camera, a USB input, Bluetooth, OnStar telematics, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery, remote start, and remote keyless entry.

The Verano Convenience trim adds heated front seats and a full suite of active safety features. The Verano Leather trim adds leather upholstery, proximity keyless entry, and a Bose nine-speaker sound system. The Verano Turbo trim adds a more powerful turbocharged engine. Available features include a navigation system and sunroof.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Verano. Buick’s CPO program offers 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.

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2014 Buick Verano and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Buick Verano or 2014 Chevrolet Cruze?

The Chevy Cruze shares its platform with the Verano, and both compact cars impress with nice interiors and strong reliability and safety scores. They’re far from copies of each other, though. The Cruze is more fuel-efficient, thanks to available Eco and Diesel engines (28/40 and 27/44 mpg city/highway, respectively). Used models are typically much less expensive as well. That said, the Verano offers a smoother ride, a punchier available 250-horsepower engine, and extra safety features like forward collision warning. Your choice comes down to the better fuel economy and price of the Cruze or the Verano’s performance and safety features.

Which Is Better: 2014 Buick Verano or 2014 Hyundai Elantra?

The Hyundai Elantra is a compelling option, but not a top pick in its class. Its interior looks and feels lower quality compared to the Verano, and it lacks the Buick’s advanced safety features. However, the Elantra earns higher fuel economy, often costs less, and is available in a wider variety of body styles, including coupe and hatchback models. Both cars have great reliability ratings.

Which Is Better: 2014 Buick Verano or 2014 Buick Regal?

The midsize Buick Regal and its compact Verano sibling both offer pleasant handling, near-luxury cabin materials, loads of tech and safety features, and solid reliability and safety ratings. Opting for the Regal gets you a roomier rear seat and available all-wheel drive, but also a higher price tag. Both are fine used car options.

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