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8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Buick Verano Review

The 2015 Buick Verano sits near the top of our compact car rankings thanks to its superb safety and reliability ratings as well as its premium interior. An underpowered base engine is one of its few negatives.

Pros & Cons

  • Premium, hushed cabin
  • Great safety and reliability ratings
  • Supple ride
  • Lackluster base engine power
  • Below-average fuel economy 

2015 Buick Verano Overview

Is the 2015 Buick Verano a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 Buick Verano is a good compact car. It’s a great option for shoppers interested in a luxurious vehicle at a budget-friendly price. Beyond that, it has a cushioned ride and some of the best safety and reliability ratings in the class. However, the Verano's fuel economy and base engine power falls short of rivals.

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We’ve analyzed 56 Buick Verano reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2015 Buick Verano?

Based on nearly 580 listings for the 2015 Buick Verano on our site, the average price is $15,000, which is typical for the class. Prices range from $12,000 to $18,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Buick Verano Cost to Own?

Five-year projected costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs on the 2015 Verano are about $24,630, or roughly $4,925 per year. That's marginally above average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Verano?

Buick stopped making the Verano after the 2017 model year, so there are no new models to choose from.

You most likely won’t find any comparable new compact cars for the average price of a used 2015 Buick Verano. However, there are lots of new subcompact cars that could fit the bill. For instance, the 2019 Hyundai Accent (starts at $14,995) and has a composed ride, plenty of interior space, and a generous list of available technology. You may also want to consider the 2019 Kia Rio, which starts at $15,390 and has agile handling and an attractive interior with plenty of space.

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Which Model Year of the Buick Verano Is Best?

The 2015 Verano is part of a generation that launched for the 2012 model year. Buick added a Verano Turbo model, a standard rearview camera, a standard IntelliLink infotainment system, and available rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring for the 2013 model year. For 2014, the Verano gained standard Siri Eyes Free along with available forward collision warning and lane departure warning. Buick reshuffled the Verano's trim levels for 2015, also adding an available Wi-Fi hot spot. There are no major changes for the 2016 model year. The Convenience and Turbo trims were removed, the Sport Touring trim was added, and a turbocharged engine was no longer available for the 2017 model year.

Since there were few notable changes beyond the 2013 model year, we recommend the 2013 Verano for those who want to save money without sacrificing much. However, some shoppers may also want to check out the 2014 Verano for its additional safety options.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Buick Verano?

The 2015 Verano has an excellent reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Buick Verano Recalls

There are no open recalls for the 2015 Verano at the time of this writing.

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Which Used Buick Verano Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Verano comes in five different trim levels: 1SV, 1SD, Convenience, Leather, and Turbo. The base 1SV doesn't come with many standard features. We recommend the Leather trim for its added features, which include leather upholstery, lane departure warning, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display.

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Certified Pre-Owned Buick Verano Warranty

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’s date. Qualifying vehicles receive a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, 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.

According to our analysis, Buick has a better CPO program than rivals like Chrysler and Toyota, but it's not as well-rounded as programs from Lincoln and Cadillac.

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How Safe Is the Verano?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Verano the highest rating of Good in all crash tests performed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it an overall safety rating of five out of five, with five stars in frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

Verano Safety Features

When it was new, the Verano was available with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

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2015 Buick Verano Versus the Competition

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

The Buick Regal and the Verano have a lot of similarities. Each Buick has a quality interior, a potent turbocharged engine option, and a comfortable ride. However, both have underpowered base engines with low fuel economy estimates. You may be able to find a Regal with a mild hybrid engine (eAssist) that gets better gas mileage, though. The Regal also has more standard features, including leather upholstery, a rearview camera, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Still, the Verano has just as much passenger and trunk space as the Regal, as well as a lower average list price. Budget-conscious shoppers will prefer the Verano. Shoppers interested in a fuel-efficient model and additional standard features will favor the Regal.

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

The Chevrolet Cruze is more fuel-efficient than the Verano, and it has more engaging road manners and a lower average list price than the Buick. That said, the Verano is still a superior choice. Not only does it have higher safety and reliability ratings, but it also has a nicer interior with higher-quality materials.

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2015 Verano Performance

How Does the 2015 Buick Verano Drive?

The 2015 Verano has a relaxed ride that will likely please comfort-oriented shoppers. The base powertrain consists of a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. The Verano has a decent amount of power, but its acceleration is a little underwhelming when passing other vehicles on the highway. We recommend opting for the available 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine because of its quicker acceleration. The upgraded engine comes with either a standard six-speed automatic transmission or an available six-speed manual.  

Does the 2015 Buick Verano Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Verano delivers 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. These are low ratings for the class. Models with the available turbo-four engine and an automatic transmission get 2 less mpg on the highway.

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2015 Verano Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Verano Seat?

The Verano has seating for five in two rows. Its standard synthetic leather seats are comfortable and supportive. Some models feature leather upholstery, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a heated steering wheel. The front seats are roomy, but adult passengers may feel confined in the rear seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Buick Verano?

There are two sets of LATCH connectors for installing child car seats in the Verano. Each of the rear outboard seats has a complete set of connectors, and the middle seat has an upper tether anchor.

2015 Buick Verano Features

The Verano’s few standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, six speakers, and a USB port. Available features include push-button start and an IntelliLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, navigation, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The infotainment system is easy to use, but some reviewers wish that the control panel wasn't crowded with so many buttons.

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2015 Buick Verano Dimensions

Buick Verano Cargo Space

There's 14.3 cubic feet of trunk space in the base 2015 Verano. That space shrinks to 14 cubic feet in models with a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system. The trunk is also deep and wide, and both models provide a good amount of space for the class.

2015 Verano Length and Weight

The 2015 Verano is about 15.3 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,420 to 3,550 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Buick Verano Built?

Buick built the 2015 Verano in Michigan.

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