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2016 Buick Verano Review

The 2016 Buick Verano places in the top third of our compact car rankings. It boasts a class-leading reliability rating, a hushed cabin full of quality materials, and a smooth ride.

Pros & Cons

  • Stellar reliability rating
  • Cushioned ride
  • Quiet, upscale interior
  • Sluggish base engine
  • Poor fuel economy for the class




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.8
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2016 Buick Verano Overview

Is the 2016 Buick Verano a Good Used Car?

If you’re in search of an upscale compact car, the Verano will not disappoint you. In addition to its luxurious cabin, this Buick’s perks include a supple ride and an outstanding reliability rating. On the other hand, the Verano has less engine power and worse fuel economy estimates than many rivals, and it’s likely to be one of the pricier vehicles in the segment.

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Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Buick Verano in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 56 professional Buick Verano reviews.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2016 Buick Verano?

As a premium-grade car, the Verano is more expensive than many other used compact cars. Based on more than 400 listings on our site, the average price for a 2016 Verano is $16,200. However, that is lower than the average price of the 2016 Honda Civic. Depending on the vehicle’s trim level, options, mileage, and condition, prices for a 2016 Verano typically range from $12,800 to $20,000.

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How Much Does the 2016 Buick Verano Cost to Own?

Over five years, expect to pay around $23,600 for insurance, maintenance, fuel, and repair bills on a 2016 Verano. These expenses are similar to those of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and 2016 Volkswagen Jetta.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Verano?

Unfortunately, you can't buy a 2018 Verano – Buick retired this small car after the 2017 model year. However, a few alternatives on the new-car market match or come close to the 2016 Verano's $16,200 average price. The 2018 Kia Soul ($16,200) is one of these. It features an upscale interior replete with high-quality materials and a comfortable ride, making it a good substitute for a Verano. This Kia is one of the least expensive options you can buy new in the compact car class, and it’s our 2018 Best Cars for the Money award winner. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra ($16,950) also has an appealing combination of comfort, quality, and value. It’s a good pick for commuters seeking low fuel costs, lots of entertainment and safety features, and a reasonable price. As with any comparison of a new or used vehicle, keep in mind that a new vehicle at this price point will likely have fewer features than a used car.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Buick Verano?

The 2016 Buick Verano has a class-leading reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Buick Verano Recalls

There are two recalls for the 2016 Verano at the time of this review. On some Verano models, the key can be removed before the vehicle is in park, leading to a recall of the key cylinder lock housing. An additional recall affects less than 200 vehicles, and it addresses a problem with an incorrectly routed fuel line. Shoppers should always check that any applicable recalls have been addressed before they buy a used car.

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Which Model Year of the Buick Verano Is Best?  

The 2016 Verano is part of the sedan’s first and only generation, which includes models from the 2012 through 2017 model years. Because the Verano was largely unchanged after 2015, you may want to consider saving money by purchasing a 2015 Verano instead.

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Which Used Buick Verano Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Buick Verano comes in five trims: 1SV, 1SD, Sport Touring (1SH), Leather (1SL), and Premium Turbo (1ST). For the best value, go for the Buick Verano Sport Touring. It comes with remote start, heated seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and alloy wheels. However, if you’re looking for peppy acceleration, the Premium Turbo with its stronger engine is the only way to go. It also comes with a proximity key, remote start, and a Bose audio system.

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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. For models sold in 2020 or newer, Buick changed the new car warranty to three years or 36,000 miles, but the one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty remains the same. 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 one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers, alongside Kia and Mitsubishi. 

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How Safe Is the Verano?

The Verano has an excellent safety score compared to the rest of the class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it an overall rating of five out of five stars. The Verano also received top ratings in every crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, the IIHS also gave it the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention, and the Verano’s headlights received the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

Available in the Sport Touring (1SH) trim and above, the Driver Confidence package adds several advanced safety features, including forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring. However, the Verano doesn’t offer some of the latest driver assistance features, like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

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2016 Buick Verano Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Buick Verano or 2016 Buick Regal?

The Verano and the larger Buick Regal have more in common than just their brand. They both have upscale interiors and a smooth ride quality, and they're both available with a powerful turbocharged engine. Each Buick suffers from a weak base engine and lackluster fuel economy. The Verano has a better reliability rating, but the Regal offers more rear-seat legroom, making it a better option for those who frequently carry rear-seat passengers.

Which Is Better: 2016 Buick Verano or 2016 Chevrolet Cruze?

The Chevrolet Cruze is a great alternative to the Verano if you want to save some money. Its engine doesn’t offer as much power as the Verano's, but it’s more fuel-efficient. The Cruze is no better at accommodating rear-seat passengers than its GM cousin, and its interior isn’t as upscale. However, the Cruze has an intuitive infotainment system that, unlike the Verano, doesn’t have an overwhelming number of buttons.

Which Is Better: 2016 Buick Verano or 2016 Ford Fusion?

The Ford Fusion is a midsize car that provides more passengers and cargo room than the Verano. The fun-to-drive Fusion boasts sharp handling and potent available engines, but it also has an underwhelming base engine and below-average fuel economy for the class. The Verano earns better safety and reliability ratings than the Fusion. Unless sharp handling and rear-seat space are top priorities, the Verano is a better choice than the Fusion.

Which Is Better: 2016 Buick Verano or 2016 Acura ILX?

The Verano’s above-average price for the class makes luxury small cars like the Acura ILX apt for comparison. The ILX touts athletic handling and class-leading fuel economy, but its only available engine feels underpowered on the highway. Also, it doesn’t have the high-end interior and easy-to-use tech features that most of its rivals do. Though both cars earn good reliability ratings, the ILX's is lower than the Verano's. Overall, the Verano is a better car for the money.

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2016 Verano Performance

How Does the 2016 Buick Verano Drive?

The Verano’s standard four-cylinder engine feels underpowered, both from a stop and when overtaking others on the highway. For better thrust, the Premium Turbo trim’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers eager acceleration and potent passing power. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard with both engines, and a six-speed manual is available with the turbo-four. The Verano has precise steering and secure handling, but it can't handle too much spirited driving. Like its larger Buick stablemates, the Verano has a smooth ride.

Does the 2016 Buick Verano Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Verano has subpar fuel economy, no matter which engine it has. Its EPA rating is 20-21 mpg in the city and 29-31 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Verano Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Verano Seat?

The Verano seats five on a mix of leatherette and cloth upholsteries. Interior materials are impressive for the class, and upper trims come with heated seats up front, genuine leather upholstery, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. For a compact car, the Verano’s interior is quiet, comfortable, and spacious.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Buick Verano?

The Verano has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat.

2016 Buick Verano Features

Standard features of the 2016 Verano include dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. The available IntelliLink infotainment system adds a 7-inch touch screen, voice recognition, Bluetooth, and smartphone app connectivity. Its interface is straightforward and functional, but it occasionally lags or becomes unresponsive to your inputs. Below the touch screen, there are a number of similar-looking buttons, which can be distracting to use while driving. Available features include remote start, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, navigation, and a moonroof.

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2016 Buick Verano Dimensions

Buick Verano Cargo Space

The Verano has a good amount of trunk space. The base trim’s trunk measures 14.3 cubic feet. That drops to 14.0 cubic feet in models equipped with the optional Bose sound system.

Buick Verano Length and Weight

The 2016 Verano is 15.3 feet long and has a base curb weight of 3,420 pounds. Models with the 2.0-liter engine have a 3,550-pound curb weight.

Where Was the 2016 Buick Verano Built?

Buick built the 2016 Verano in Orion, Michigan, which is 30 miles from Detroit.


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