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2013 Buick Verano Turbo Update 4: Not Your Grandpa's Buick

Karla Sanchez
Nov 13, 2013
Technical director Frank Markus said it best when he described the 2013 Buick Verano in his First Drive article: "The Verano T is simply about giving customers a healthy dose of added power in the same comfortable riding, tidy parking, well-equipped package." It's not supposed to be a sports car and, because it's a Buick, you wouldn't expect it to perform like one. This is what makes the Verano Turbo so unassuming, and could get you into trouble.
When you drive a sports car, you do it with discretion because a red Nissan GT-R is more visible to officers' eyes than a white Honda Civic. But since the Verano isn't a sports car, you neglect the fact that the car's "healthy dose of power" feels much healthier than you'd expect. The Verano was an excellent car to take on my straight-shot trip from Los Angeles to Northern California. The ride was smooth and supple, and those 250 horses definitely came in handy when I needed to pass several big rigs that peppered the two-lane highway.
Photo 2/11   |   2013 Buick Verano Front Right Side
Going up to 80 mph in some sections, I felt like I was going 65 mph since the cabin stayed library quiet and no vibrations were felt through the steering wheel or floor panels. It's this kind of creepy quiet and smooth that will get you in trouble if you don't pay attention to your speedometer. So serene was the cabin that in one instance, a nearby parked car's alarm was almost completely muted once I climbed inside. A quiet cabin is nothing to complain about, but a quiet blinker is. At times I would forget that I had turned the blinker on well after completing my lane switch. I prefer louder blinker sounds, like those in Mini Coopers to prevent instances like that from happening.
The infotainment system and center stack layout is a bit puzzling. For starters, the push-start button is not where you'd expect it to be. It's placed near all the other buttons and controls, and it blends in it since it's a rectangular silver button. The knobs are also a bit hard to get used to; when selecting something on the infotainment screen's menu, you have to push the outer ring of the main knob, not the center. My friend also found certain interior bits of the Verano questionable after she accidentally yanked off the plastic covering to the handle that manually controls the front passenger seat.
Photo 3/11   |   2013 Buick Verano Front View
The covering popped right back on, but I wonder how other bits of the interior would hold up after owning the Verano for longer periods of time. During my time with the Verano, several folks found interesting the fact that it's equipped with a six-speed manual. One thing's for sure: this Buick is not your grandpa's Buick. The compact sedan isn't actually bad to drive: it's decently quick, comfortable, and the exterior design is growing on me.

More on the Buick Verano Turbo:
2013 Buick Verano Turbo Arrival
Verano Turbo Update 1: Power and Mileage Balanced
Verano Turbo Update 2: This Thing is Confused
Verano Turbo Update 3: Go North, Small Buick



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