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2017 Buick Verano Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Buick Verano was new.


Performance: 6.5

The 2017 Buick Verano delivers decent performance with a focus on comfort. Ride quality is impressive and smooth, especially over uneven surfaces. Critics think the engine could use more power, though.

  • "After an hour or two driving the 2016 Buick Verano sedan, one comes away with the impression this car was built for comfort and long-haul cruising. Where many small-luxury sedans sacrifice a smooth ride in the name of better handling and performance, the Verano seems to find a happy middle ground, returning a feeling of solidity usually found only in larger sedans." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The Verano also has more sophisticated road manners than you might expect from a small sedan." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "The Buick Verano rides nice and is delightful to drive. We drove 250 miles over some twisty roads in the Tillamook Forest, just inland of the Oregon coast. The Verano loved it all and so did we." -- Autoblog (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 Verano is only available with a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is among the lowest estimates in the class.

The Verano’s engine provides lackluster output and performance in most driving situations. Acceleration from a standstill is only adequate, and power for cruising or passing at highway speeds is also poor.

  • "The Verano's four-cylinder engine is passable for a regular compact sedan but comes up short for a premium-branded car. Unfortunately, there's no longer an optional turbo engine, which made for brisk performance on the highway and minimal sacrifice in fuel economy. If some measure of performance is important to you, it might be worth looking at a 2016 or earlier model." -- 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 low-end power needed for confident left-lane passing at highway speeds. For this reason, it's difficult to call the Verano a sport sedan. It's almost there, but not quite." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "Then again, the standard 2.4-liter engine isn't going to light a fire under anyone's seat." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Handling and Braking

The Verano delivers a pleasant and smooth ride, absorbing shocks from rough pavement while passengers remain undisturbed. Though not sporty, the Verano is still capable around curves, with precise steering and a suspension that keeps it planted to the road.

  • "Two key highlights of the 2017 Buick Verano are its supple, comfortable ride over almost any road surface and its supremely quiet cabin, even at highway speeds - inviting attributes that help strengthen the Verano's case as an entry-level luxury sedan. It's also steady and composed when hustled around turns and curves." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite sharing the same platform as the Cruze, the Verano's ride quality is considerably more upscale and comfortable. It swallows up most road blemishes with ease and would have to drive across a very rough surface for occupants to feel discomfort." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "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)

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