The 2023 Buick Verano is a compact car manufactured by SAIC-GM for GM’s Buick brand. The 2023 Buick Verano owes most of its small-car cornering to the related Chevy Cruze, but enough to place it here as a member of the Buick family. Verano shares the Buick Excelle GT and Opel Astra/Vauxhall Astra sedan developed for the Chinese market, General Motors’ Delta II platform with the Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Orlando, and Opel/Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. In the USA, the Buick Verano was produced by General Motors from 2012 to 2017.
The Verano is primarily aimed at fleet-car buyers and retains many of Verano’s standard features, including power equipment, cruise control, an AM/FM/CD audio system with redundant steering wheel controls, and a single USB port; and air conditioning. OnStar is standard, and Verano’s OnStar system now includes 4G LTE connectivity and the ability to set up an in-car Wi-Fi network. However, this base model does not include the IntelliLink infotainment system with the large touchscreen interface that was standard last year; Bluetooth is unavailable and the rearview camera is also not part of the new model’s specs list.
2023 Buick Verano : Interior
The interiors are worthy of comparison with any luxury car of this size. The front-wheel drive layout gives the Verano a very spacious interior. With excellent front seats, no shortage of seat travel, and headroom for the tallest drivers, it has all-day support suitable for a wide range of drivers. There’s plenty of room for two adults and a third in a pinch in the back seat of the Verano, though legroom is quite variable.
The materials continue to compete with the entry-luxury class, but the crowded center controls, a narrow rear seat, and window pillars that rob the line of sight retain their downsides. Buick’s standard IntelliLink system is pretty solid; It has a 7-inch dashboard display with Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming, plus USB and auxiliary jacks. Internet radio providers Pandora and Stitcher can also stream from your smartphone via the respective IntelliLink app. Unfortunately, editors didn’t find Verano’s optional Bose stereo impressive. Our car had to unlock buttons on the front and rear doors as well as keyless access and push the start button.
2023 Buick Verano : Engine
The 2023 Buick Verano is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic engine that has sufficient crossover power. The turbocharged four-cylinder turns the car into a smooth-revving traverse. The 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder hits the market with a bit of turbo lag, but beats 2,700 rpm or pushes the Verano toward the red line. The competing 2.4-liter Acura ILX hits the market faster but stands out when Verano eliminates low-rpm lag. Indeed, various enthusiast publications have given the Buick a top speed of 60 mph in the 6.5-second range.
2023 Buick Verano : Safety
The 2023 Verano earned very good crash test scores, preventing it from making it to the top of our compact sedan safety list. NHTSA gives Verano a five-star overall safety rating a five-star mark for frontal and side-impact collisions and a single four-star mark for rollover collision protection. IIHS scores the small Buick sedan in all the tests it does. This does not include the notoriously grueling little overlap crash test. IIHS will not call Verano the Best Security Choice or Best Security Choice+. The 2023 Buick Verano standard safety features include 10 airbags, all-disc anti-lock brakes, and the required electronic stability system, the blind spot warning system is optional.