2013 Buick Verano Turbo Update 7: Is it On?

Karla Sanchez
Dec 25, 2013
I've always had a thing against electronic parking brakes, and the one in our 2013 Buick Verano Turbo long-termer reminded me yet again why I dislike them so much. I also had the chance to test the hill-hold assist system.
I found myself getting frustrated every time I'd park the Verano Turbo because the parking brake light on the instrument panel had a slight delay, so many times I sat pushing and pulling the switch not knowing if the brake set or not. Nothing is more reassuring than stomping on the parking brake or cranking the handbrake when parking your car, and because computer glitches happen, I wonder if an electronic brake is just another potential technical issue waiting to happen.
Though the Verano Turbo lacks a handbrake to help on inclines, it makes up for it with a great hill- assist that actually holds for a good amount of time so that you don't feel like you're going to roll back into the car behind you as soon as you let off the brake. Our long-term Kia Rio also has hill-hold assist, but it doesn't hold nearly as long as the Buick.
When I took our Buick in for service, the service advisor informed me it might take a little longer than anticipated since the Verano was also recalled for sticking door handles on rear passenger doors. None of our staffers have reported a problem with them, but apparently the recall was issued earlier this year. The dealership fixed the issue at no extra cost, of course.
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
Verano Turbo Update 4: Not Your Grandpa's Buick
Verano Turbo Update 5: Justifying the Automatic
Verano Turbo Update 6: The Road Trip

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