2017 Buick Verano vs. Its Competition

2016 Buick Verano Turbo

The Verano is more affordable than just about anything else in its segment, leaving it without any true competitor.

The short 2017 run, however, leaves it with a less premium equipment list than in the past.

The Acura ILX may be the next closest thing to the Verano—it's not quite as comfortable, but a mid-life revamp has given it more power and luxury touches than it once had.

The Audi A3 is new this past year and drives well, but offers fewer options and at a higher price.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA is a little firmer on the road than the Verano, but its extra-stylish looks and unmatched cachet might make it worth the extra coin.

Meanwhile, the Chevy Cruze has moved on; it received a thorough redesign for the 2017 model year, moving to a new platform.

The Lexus IS offers better driving dynamics, making it more of a sport sedan than ultra-soft luxury car.

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Quick Specs
5.8
The 2017 Buick Verano delivers quiet and comfort but the most appealing engine, the 2.0-liter turbo, doesn't return for the final run. Buyers should look for deals on this lame-duck car.
6.7
The 2017 Acura ILX isn't long on glamor, but it's a focused and comfortable compact sedan on the first rung of the luxury ladder.
7.3
If you can live with its tiny rear seat, the 2017 Audi S3 is an absolute hoot to drive.
6.8
The 2017 Chevy Cruze adds a hatch to the family that retains the same good ride and ample space, without being boomy or loud.
7.2
The 2017 Lexus IS gets a new face and more advanced safety features that help it become a viable rival to German and American competitors.
6.6
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a sharp-looking sedan that washes its hands of back-seat space, and stuns us in CLA45 AMG trim.
MSRP From     
$21,065$27,990$31,200$16,975$37,825$32,400
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/4-cylPremium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
CompactCompact CarsSubcompact CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan w/1SVSedan2.0 TFSI Premium FWD4-Door Sedan 1.4L L w/1SMIS Turbo F Sport RWDCLA 250 Coupe
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
554555
Passenger Doors     
4N/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanCabrioletSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManualAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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