2015 BUICK VERANO
2015 Buick Verano vehicle specifications
Vehicle Type: front engine, 4WD, 4-passenger
Engine Type: 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder
Displacement : Power: 180 hp to 250 hp Torque: 171 lb-ft to 260 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with 6-speed manual option
Wheelbase: 17 in x 7 in (43.2 cm x 17.8 cm) Weight: 3,300 lbs
Performance : to 60 mph (Base): 8.6 sec Zero to 60 mph (Turbo): 6.2 sec
Economy: EPA city/highway: 21/32 mpg
The Buick Verano has been a timeless car that has added value to the GM lineup. It’s brings comfort and style to the compact sedan competition against cars such as the Audi and Mercedes Benz. Even though the latter two companies went on to the direction of the sports models, the Verano still has maintained a close competitiveness in style and class.
The 2015 Verano comes with a standard automatic transmission 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 hp and over 171 lb-ft of torque. It’s not that fast, especially with a 0-60 mph time of 8.6 seconds. Although the car truly comes alive when at about 4000 rpm, the driver still has a thirst for more power. And GM’s answer to the drivers’ plea is the Turbocharged model.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter model with EcoTec and produces 250 hp with 260 lb-ft of torque. This is the answer that GM gave the driver that is more eager for power. 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds, with a six-speed manual gearbox, makes for a car that is both luxurious and fun to drive.
Some test drivers say that the base model struggles when starting from the lineup, while others say that the engine provides sufficient power. But overall, they all prefer the available turbocharged model that has an excellent acceleration and delivers an outstanding amount of power.
The Verano’s outer design gives the sense of the car being larger than it actually is. There’s also a resemblance to its close cousin, the Cruze. This is why there’s a small feeling of Déjà vu when looking at both the Cruze and the Verano together.
The interior of the 2015 model brings class and luxury to a car that is both affordable and stylish. Buick’s Verano still brings a quiet cabin that remains comfortable on different road conditions. The 2015 model still has the sound deadening designs that brings a quiet cabin that cancels most of the outside sounds like the engine, wind and road noise. If you drive through loud environments, the Verano will give you a piece of mind as you head towards your destination.
There’s plenty of room in the front seats for people of different heights. The back seats are perfect for young children, but don’t provide enough leg and head room for the adults.
The 2015 Buick Verano is still competitive in the compact car market in terms of its interior design, but unlike the other models, it is riddled with a large amount of buttons on the dashboard. Having buttons on the dashboard helps drivers who have a “feel” on button locations without the need of glancing. GM added the touch screen user interface that brings both touch and button controls that fit drivers with either preference.
The user interface included in the Verano’s touch screen navigation system is very easy to use and doesn’t stress the driver with multiple levels of settings. This is great when you need to keep your eyes on where they need to be; the road.
What’s’ new for the 2015 Buick Verano is an OnStar feature that comes standard with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot. If you need to access your email or would rather like to watch a short video on your laptop, this is an excellent feature that will suit your style.
The Verano is not by any means a Mercedes or a Cadillac, but it has similar qualities that give it a great rating. With a base price of $25,445, you get many features such as dual-zone climate control, steering wheel controls, the Buick Intellink Touch Screen entertainment user interface and Bluetooth.
Moving up towards the convenience package ($25,945) you get extra features, in addition to the base model’s, such as: lane departure warning, forward collision alert, heated outside power mirrors, Ultrasonic rear parking assist and heated front seats.
The Leather Package ($27,975) adds on an E-Z key passive entry system, push button start, and a Bose premium sound system. These are qualities that you find in cars that are in the mid $30,000 and higher price range. This isn’t such a bad deal to get. Of course there’s always the last level above the Leather package, the Turbo group which gives you a 250 hp engine, rear spoiler, aluminum sport pedals and dual exhaust with chrome on the tips. With a starting price of $30,140, getting the top trim level Verano will still give you excellent features and save you money.
The 2015 Buick Verano is given a mpg rating of 21 in the city / 32 on the highway for the automatic base model, 21 in the city / 30 on the highway for the top trim Turbo model, with a 24 mpg combined. For the features that are given in this compact, luxury car, the Verano has a competitive edge against cars in the compact and mid-size sedans such as the Ford Fusion and the Nissan Altima.