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2016 Buick Verano Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Buick Verano was new.


Performance: 6.7

Test drivers say the 2016 Buick Verano has composed handling, though its greatest performance attribute may be its supremely smooth ride. They note that its base engine delivers unimpressive acceleration but find the optional turbocharged engine potent. Fuel economy is subpar with either engine.

  • "Buick's small sedan is steady and composed around turns, and its steering is precise with appropriate effort levels. We wouldn't exactly call the Verano's handling invigorating, but it's certainly competent." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "If there's one word to describe the Verano, it's ‘comfortable.’ That shouldn't come as a surprise since it's a Buick, but it is a significant distinguisher among compact sedans." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "Still, the Verano is devoid of surprises, smooth, and quiet. The turbo delivers a nice rush with instant throttle response." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Buick Verano comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower. A 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes in Premium Turbo models. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard with both engines, and a six-speed manual is available with the turbocharged engine.

Base models get up to 21/32 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for a compact car. The Premium Turbo gets 21/30 with the automatic transmission, which is low compared with the fuel economy of similarly powered cars.

Reviewers say the Verano's base engine is underwhelming for a premium-level car. They recommend choosing the turbocharged engine, which is more powerful and gets similar fuel economy.

  • "The 2016 Buick Verano's 2.4-liter engine could be considered passable for a regular compact sedan, but for a premium-branded vehicle it's underwhelming. If you're going to buy a Verano, we recommend upgrading to the Turbo, which provides brisk performance on the highway with a minimal sacrifice in fuel economy." -- Edmunds
  • "When it comes to acceleration, though, the nonturbo Verano falls short. It doesn't deliver strong off-the-line punch, nor does it have the kind of low-end power needed for confident left-lane passing at highway speeds." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "While the 2015 Buick Verano isn't very sporty, it can be quick if you pony up for the 250-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder. With 60 mph coming up in less than six seconds, and an available manual transmission, the Verano Turbo has plenty of kick." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Handling and Braking

The 2016 Buick Verano's handling is composed, but not particularly athletic, according to auto writers. However, they note that its steering is sharp, which adds to driving enjoyment. Reviewers report that the Verano's real strength is its smooth, luxurious ride.

  • "Two key highlights of the 2016 Verano are its supple, comfortable ride over almost any road surface and its supremely quiet cabin, even at highway speeds. These inviting attributes help reinforce its luxury car aspirations. Buick's small sedan is also steady and composed around turns, and its steering is precise, with appropriate levels of effort. We wouldn't call the Verano's handling invigorating, but it's certainly competent." -- Edmunds
  • "It's quiet, the ride is smooth, and this littlest of Buick sedans reminds us more of the larger Regal and LaCrosse than its corporate sibling, the Chevy Cruze. It's not sporty though." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The Verano's capable handling is mostly due to its electric power steering. That's possibly the strongest mechanical suit for nonturbo models. The system feels perfectly weighted and responsive, bringing quickness and precision to every turn, and driver inputs are well-managed by the Verano's chassis, even at faster speeds. There is a definite fun-to-drive factor here." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "The suspension is well damped, the steering accurate and possessed of some feel, and the body motions are nicely controlled, but any sportiness is buried beneath a layer of marshmallow-like luxury." -- Car and Driver (2013)

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