2015 Buick Verano

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$21,065-$29,215
$20,960-$28,046
20 CITY / 31 HWY
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Overview

What's New for 2015:
  • Virtually unchanged from 2014 model
  • OnStar with 4G LTE now standard

Introduction
The 2015 Buick Verano is a compact 4-door sedan that combines an economical size and the agility of a small car with luxury features. It's priced to compete with the top-trim versions of mid-priced compact cars and/or the entry-level versions of luxury compacts. The Buick Verano shares a platform with the Chevrolet Cruze, but its natural direct competitors include the Acura ILX, Volkswagen Jetta, and Mini Cooper.

Models and Features
Buick sells the 2015 Verano in a single trim level that can be upgraded with any of three option groups as well as individual options. Standard equipment includes 17-in. alloy wheels, cruise control (only with automatic transmission), cloth seats with 8-way manual adjustment for the driver, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control with a humidity sensor, and QuietTuning to help make the interior quieter.

An IntelliLink color touch-screen infotainment system with a 7-in. display screen is also standard, and includes Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming capability, Siri Eyes Free technology, satellite radio, Pandora and Stitcher Internet radio, USB port, iPod connection, auxiliary audio input jack, and text-messaging capability. The Verano is also equipped with OnStar with 4G LTE, which provides a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven devices.

Options and Packages
The Convenience Group package of options includes a power driver's seat, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, auto-dimming interior mirror, universal garage door opener, and forged aluminum 18-in. wheels. The Convenience Group also includes rear park-assist sensors, rear cross-traffic alert system, side blind-zone alert system, lane-departure warning system, and a forward-collision alert system.

The Leather Group adds leather seats, a 9-speaker Bose audio system, passive keyless entry with push-button ignition, and a heated steering wheel. The Premium Group includes all the features of the Leather Group as well as a more powerful turbocharged engine, sport pedal kit, dual exhaust outlets, and a rear spoiler.

By selecting any of these option groups, the buyer also gets a choice of premium exterior paint colors, plus a power sunroof and a navigation system. Various dealer-installed extras are also available.

Under the Hood
The 2015 Verano is equipped with a standard 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which generates 171 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission powers the car's front wheels.

A 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, rated at 250 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque starting at 2,000 rpm is available only with the Premium Group option package. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard with this engine; a 6-speed manual gearbox is optional.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the 2015 Buick Verano with the standard 2.4-liter engine can be expected to return 21 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. The 2.0-liter turbo engine gets 21/30/24 mpg with automatic transmission; with manual transmission the numbers are 20/31/24 mpg.

Safety Ratings and Technology
All 2015 Veranos feature a reversing camera and a trial 6-month subscription to OnStar services, which includes Automatic Crash Response. In the event of an air bag deployment, Automatic Crash Response activates and contacts an OnStar operator who can communicate directly with the Verano's occupants and dispatch emergency rescue personnel to the car's exact location.

In crash testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2015 Buick Verano received a highest-possible 5-star overall rating, and that same rating for front- and side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2015 Verano \"Good\" (its highest rating) for side impact, whiplash, and roof strength.

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