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Buick Verano Turbo (2013)

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With GM’s reorganization a few years ago, Buick has been given a chance to evolve. The Verano has been called the poster child of the “new” Buick. It is part of the new generation of smaller, economical, good handling, and fun to drive Buicks. The latest version of the Verano is the Verano Turbo. While I like the other versions of the Verano, I think the turbo version stands out as my favorite.

With gas prices rising every day, many Americans are downsizing to smaller cars. Naturally, we still want all of the electronic gadgets, and the upscale of the cars we gave up. Buick shows we can downsize and still enjoy driving.

Outside, the Verano looks upscale and sporty. Its sleek roofline and new bolder signature Buick waterfall grille, LED headlight trim, and new LED taillights make it stand out from the 2012 version. While the Verano shares some of the same architecture as the Chevy Volt and Cruze, it doesn’t resemble them in many ways.

Inside, the 2013 Verano Turbo has seating for five, four very comfortably. The Verano is loaded with sound absorbing interior materials and thicker acoustic glass than most of the competition. The Verano is most likely the quietest car in its class. Add in comfortable heated power leather seats, heated leather steering wheel, nine-speaker Bose audio system, Intellilink, Dual exhaust, sport pedals, and the cool little rear spoiler. The Buick IntelliLink system is very slick and connects your smartphone with a color touch screen to allow streaming audio services through Pandora and Stitcher. Best of all, it works!

Safety wise, my test Verano Turbo had 10 standard airbags, anti lock brakes, traction and brake controls, standard Rearview camera, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and of course, the latest version of OnStar.

The Verano Turbo achieves EPA fuel economy estimates of 20 city / 31 hwy. with the manual transmission and 21 city / 30 hwy with the automatic transmission. It had plenty of power for anything I asked it to do and was always fun to drive. To me, the drivability of a car is most important. If I am going to be driving a lot, I want the most enjoyable and comfortable car I can get for my investment. The Verano works well for this on many levels. Quality wise, the cars fit and finish, ride, handling, and performance, were first rate.

The Verano deserves a look from anyone seeking a compact luxury car with bigger features and still at a bargain $29,990 price point.

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