The Verano straddles the line between commuter-duty compact sedans and more upscale, near-luxury four-doors. For 2013, the compact Buick adds more standard features, making its relatively low base price seem even more reasonable.
For Chevy prices, the Buick Verano delivers a premium set of features even in base form. All Veranos come with power windows, locks, and mirrors; remote start; automatic climate control; cloth upholstery; an electronic parking brake; an AM/FM/CD player with steering-wheel controls and a USB port; and satellite radio. A rearview camera is now standard.
The Verano also has standard Buick Intellilink, a connectivity suite that links Bluetooth, an LCD touchscreen, and when paired, a user's smartphone, for media controls and hands-free calling. It also can run the optional navigation system with voice commands, when ordered. We like the IntelliLink's system for its simplicity, and for its configurable screens--you can place icons for apps like Pandora and Stitcher among those for AM, FM, and XM.
The Verano can be fitted with option packages. The Convenience package bundles rear parking sensors with heated side mirrors and an auto-dimming rearview mirrors; the leather package adds just that, plus a power driver seat, heated front seats, Bose premium audio, and pushbutton start. Both these and the premium package are equipped with blind-spot monitors and cross-traffic alerts, both new features for 2013.
Among the available stand-alone options are the navigation system and a heated steering wheel. All said, options on the Verano can drive the bottom line toward, but just shy of, $30,000.
The Verano Turbo has its own standard features, above and beyond those offered on the normally aspirated car. They include dual exhausts; sport pedals; a small trunklid spoiler; and the features from the Verano's leather and convenience packages, including Bose audio, heated seats, and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. The 2013 Buick Verano Turbo is priced from $29,990, including an $885 destination charge.