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2016 Buick Verano Review

By Joakim Norberg


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2016 Buick Verano

Verano is a Spanish word meaning summer; the 2016 Buick Verano is an entry-level compact and luxury car that was introduced in 2011 by the Buick, formally known as a Buick Motor Division. It was the first compact car manufactured and marketed by the Buick in the United States.

The Verano shares the Delta II platform of the General Motors that is also the base of Buick Excelle GT, Opel Astra, and Chevrolet Cruze, but it is not as expensive as the Chevrolet or Cadillac. Although it is manufactured on existing General Motors architecture, it is more powerful and more affluent inexperience. The first generation of Buick Verano is ending in 2016.

The upcoming model of Verano in 2017 will be the second generation car. It will probably be similar to the Chinese market version of 2015, but it will be fuel efficient and lighter in weight as compared to its forerunners.

The design and style of the 2016 Verano are elegant, and it comes with very few hints of its previous models. This five-seat luxury sedan is offered in six trim levels. The base level standard features include cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, manually adjustable front seat and six-speaker audio systems.


I-4, 2.4 L6-speed auto180 HP171 Lb-Ft
0-60 MPHTop SpeedBody Style MPG
8.6s129 MPH4-Door Car21 City/32 Hwy



Hood of 2016 Buick Verano

If you want a compact car, not a sporty one, the Buick Verano is the best and most comfortable sedan in this category. No doubt, it is the car that can be used for your weekend drives because the most versions of Verano 2016 comes with a 2.4 liter four cylinder engine, that adds a certain level of acceleration to your drive. The engine generates 180 HP and 171 lbs-ft of torque that gives you a luxury feel on your trip.

The more premium trims of the Buick Verano come with turbo version; the compact sedan is powered by a 2.0 liter four cylinder turbo-charged engine. This engine delivers 250 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque. These trim levels are available not only with an automatic six-speed transmission but also with a manual six-speed transmission.

One thing that is worth noticing is the handling of the car. The handling is far better that gives a comparatively softer ride. While driving the 2016 Buick Verano, you will feel safer because of its responsive handling, and you will enjoy the driving with more confidence. This version of Verano has relatively small diameter steering wheel that gives the feel of sportiness. It has four-wheel disc brakes that offer a controlled stopping power.

If we talk about the fuel efficiency of the 2016 Buick Verano, the estimated fuel economy of its base level trim is 25 mpg combined. No doubt it is comparatively lower than the other midsize sedans like the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.

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2016 Buick Verano Exterior

The exterior of the 2016 Buick Verano clearly shows that it is the member of Buick family. If we compare this model with the existing models of Verano, the main difference is in the shape and design of the grille and the headlamps. Both these parts are smaller than the current General Motors standards. The wheelbase of this compact sedan is 105.7 inches. The overall length is 183.9 inches and the maximum width without the mirror is 71.5 inches.

The overall height of 2016 Buick Verano is 58.1 inches, but it is a roomy car from inside because of its unusual exterior and interior shape. The exterior of this model is up-scaled but still, it is reserved in its style.


2016 Buick Verano Interior

Despite the fact that the exterior dimensions of this model are relatively compact, but remarkably it is very much roomy inside. With the eight-way adjustable seat and tilt-telescope steering, the driving experience is very much comfortable. No doubt, it is quite spacious inside, but it is also a fact that leg space is small as compared to another sedan of this category like Acura ILX and Mazda 3.

The interior is beautifully accumulated, and high-quality material is used to put different things together. The high-class interior of the 2016 Buick Verano is comparable with the beautiful interiors of Audi 3 and Mercedes CLA.


2016 Buick Verano Features

One of the best features of the 2016 Buick Verano that pulls the attention of consumers is its quiet and comfortable cabin. As the Buick is famous for its quiet and comfortable vehicles, this compact sedan is also equipped with the Quiet Tuning technology. This technology cancels unwanted vibration and noise.

The other exciting features of the Verano 2016 that come with the base model are automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, satellite radio, remote start, rearview camera, power windows, mirrors, and locks. For entertainment purpose, a six-speaker system with 7-inch infotainment LED display is featured in this model.


2016 Buick Verano Forward Collision System

Buick tried and remained successful to make the Verano 2016 earn the top five-star overall safety rating. The NHTSA gives the five-star rating in the frontal impact safety and five stars for side impact protection. The IIHS rating of the Verano 2016 is “Good” that is considered the highest safety rating.

Safety features of Verano 2016 include traction and stability control, front and rear side airbags, antilock disc brakes. Excluding the very base model of Verano, these safety features are standard on all trim levels like blind-spot, lane-departure, rear cross traffic warning system and the forward collision alert system.


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The Buick continued its trend of manufacturing entry-level compact and luxury sedan in the form of Verano 2016. Presenting five trim levels and the addition of a 2.0-L turbo engine will surely attract a lot of new customers to the Buick. It is also the fact that the new Buick Verano 2016 has to face hard competition because, in this price range, many other options are available to the customers. The main competitors of Buick Verano 2016 are 2015 Audi A3 sedan and 2016 Acura ILX.


About Joakim Norberg

Jono has reviewed all kinds of cars in these last 10 years and still can't decide which one is his absolute favorite. He can make a top 5 but picking just one of them is probably the hardest task for him. He's been to at least one car show every single year since he was 5 and after graduating he moved to automotive media, covering news, writing reviews and podcasting. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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