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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.7
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2015 Buick Verano Review

The 2015 Buick Verano ranks among the best used compact cars thanks to its upscale interior and excellent reliability and safety scores. Performance, however, is a weak spot.  

Pros & Cons

  • Pleasant, quiet cabin
  • Premium interior materials
  • Great safety and reliability ratings
  • Lackluster base engine power
  • Below-average fuel economy 

2015 Buick Verano Overview

Is the 2015 Buick Verano a Good Used Car?

The Buick Verano is a great choice if you're looking for a well-appointed used compact sedan without a luxury price. With a meek base engine and less-than-sporty handling, the Verano doesn’t offer the best performance in its class, but it still has a lot of appeal as a daily driver.

Used 2015 Buick Verano Performance and Interior

Most 2015 Buick Verano models come with a 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine is relatively tame, and it can sometimes feel sluggish when accelerating the car quickly from a standstill. The top Buick Verano Turbo model boasts a turbocharged 250-horsepower engine that provides better acceleration. Veranos with the turbo engine have either the automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The Verano has a supple ride quality and feels comfortable over rough surfaces, while still offering stable and composed steering. All Verano models are front-wheel drive.

A standard Verano gets 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which are very low estimates for the class. The turbocharged engine returns estimates of 21 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway with the automatic transmission, and 20/31 mpg city/highway with the manual. 

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The 2015 Verano features the elegant interior quality you would expect from the near-luxury Buick brand. The Verano's standard seats are a combination of cloth and leatherette, but higher trim levels incorporate leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. While the front seats offer good comfort and support, the back seat can feel cramped for adult passengers. There are two complete LATCH car-seat attachments in the Verano, with an additional top anchor for the middle seat.

Despite being one of the more upscale options in the class, the base 2015 Verano model comes with few standard features. It includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker stereo, and a USB port. All other Verano trims come with more attractive amenities, such as a rearview camera, Bluetooth, satellite radio, navigation, a touch-screen infotainment system, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The available IntelliLink touch interface is easy to use, with straightforward menus and controls. However, buttons and knobs on the dashboard may be confused for one another. Additional features in some used models include a nine-speaker Bose sound system, push-button start, navigation, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Used 2015 Buick Verano Prices

You can expect to pay anywhere from about $12,500 for a base 2015 Verano to nearly $18,000 for a top-of-the-line Verano Turbo model. The exact price will depend on your area of the country, as well as the car's mileage, condition, and features.

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To help you decide if a used 2015 Buick Verano is for you, we researched and analyzed 52 professional reviews and compiled the information into a single buying guide. Our data also includes cost of ownership estimates, crash test results, reliability ratings, and more.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Buick Verano?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2015 Verano a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five, which is better than nearly all other vehicles on the road. Most cars in the Verano's class earn a rating of average or better.

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How Safe Is the Verano?

The 2015 Verano has high safety scores for its class. The car earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the top score of Good in four individual crash tests.

There are no standard driver assistance features in the Verano. Some used models may come with available technologies such as a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Should I Consider Another Used Verano?

The Buick Verano was introduced as a new model for 2012 and was discontinued following the 2017 model year. The Verano saw few changes throughout its sole generation, so choosing an older model than the 2015 can get you a similar car for less money. A Wi-Fi hot spot was added for the 2015 model year, while the 2014 Verano saw the introduction of available forward collision and lane departure warnings.

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Which Used Buick Verano Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Buick Verano is available in five trims: 1SV, 1SD, Convenience, Leather, and Turbo. The standard Verano is slim on features, so you'll want to look for a higher trim. The best value is the Leather trim, which encompasses nearly all available features. You'll get full leather seating, an infotainment system, heated seats, a Bose stereo system, and several advanced safety technologies.

You might also consider a certified pre-owned Verano. 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.

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2015 Buick Verano and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Buick Verano or 2015 Chevrolet Cruze?

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze gets slightly lower safety and reliability scores than its GM cousin, the Verano. The Cruze has a mediocre base engine, but it is available with a diesel and a fuel-efficient turbocharged Eco engine as well. It also has more confident handling than the Verano. The sedans have similar features lists, but the Verano is more refined in its cabin design and quality.

Which Is Better: 2015 Buick Verano or 2015 Buick Regal?

The 2015 Buick Regal is a midsize car, which would normally mean more overall space. Though its back seat has more legroom for adult passengers, the Regal’s sloping roofline cuts into headroom. Trunk space is almost exactly the same in the two models. The Regal’s more expensive price can be justified by its extra standard features: leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a rearview camera, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system. The Regal also gets better fuel economy than the Verano when equipped with eAssist, a basic hybrid engine setup. For your money, though, the Verano will be a better choice.  

Which Is Better: 2015 Buick Verano or 2015 Honda Civic?

The 2015 Honda Civic is one of the most well-rounded used compact cars. It shares the Verano's high reliability rating but delivers better performance thanks to a slightly stronger engine and composed handling. The Civic has a premium interior like the Verano, and its back seat provides ample room for passengers.

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