2014 Buick Verano Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Comfortable and quiet, with a phenomenally refined cabin at its price point or even above, the Buick Verano sets itself apart from other compact sedans, and even some bigger premium four-doors. The Verano simply filters the outside world in all the ways you'd expect from a luxury car.

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 side glass, an acoustic windshield, and various foams, baffles, and mats--makes the Verano a very quiet vehicle, with good isolation from road, wind, and engine noise. Even if you're driving the Verano hard, on some of the coarsest surfaces, you'll be able to have a soft-spoken conversation.

It's a compact, but the Buick Verano has a peaceful cabin, very comfortable seats, and agreeable interior room.

In other respects, the Verano is clearly Cruze kin, but with more attention to detail. It starts with making the most of the compact dimensions, with well-shaped seats that feel plush and supportive. The cabin's spacious, thanks to front-wheel drive, and those front seats are excellent, with long-distance comfort for a wide range of drivers and lots of headroom and seat travel to accommodate tall drivers.

The Buick's rear bench seat is contoured for a pair of adults and a third short-stint passenger, too. It's a compact, so there's less legroom, and fitting five long-legged adults in the Verano at once will require some geometry skills.

There's ample small-item storage in the console and glove box. Trunk space is large and well-shaped, and rear seatbacks fold forward nearly flat, with a wide opening.

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