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.
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.