With its refined cabin and quiet feel, the Buick Verano is a clear step above standard compact sedans and it rivals some significantly pricier luxury four-doors in terms of how well it filters out the world outside.
Quiet Tuning is how Buick describes the refinement applied to make the Verano more than just a Cruze Plus. The application of sound deadening in and outside of the car--triple-sealed doors, laminated window glass, an acoustic glass windshield, and numerous foams, baffles, and mats--makes the Verano a very quiet vehicle, with good isolation from road, wind, and engine roar. Even if you're pushing the Verano aggressively, on rough pavement, soft-spoken conversation is easily heard.
In other respects, the Verano is clearly Cruze kin, but with more attention to detail. The Verano makes the most of its pint-size dimensions to feel more upmarket than the Chevy. Well-shaped front seats are plush and supportive and wrapped in a nice leather trim (for an extra cost). The front seats offer excellent road trip comfort and plenty of headroom, while the rear is better for shorter trips. It's roomy enough for two, but a bit tight for three abreast. There's limited legroom compared to, say, the Buick Regal, but the Verano can definitely accommodate four adults in reasonable comfort.
There's also ample small-item storage in the console and glove box. Trunk room is terrific and well-shaped for bulky items. The rear seatbacks flop forward nearly flat, and the lid features a wide opening.