2013 Buick Verano User Reviews
- $23,080 - $29,105
- No trim specified for this review
- Smooth, quite, reliable, comfortable, looks good
- Not a luxury car. Needs rear-view camera, fully electric seat and better wipers
Purchased As New
This is not a luxury car. In fact, it’s not even a near-luxury car. Luxury cars come with back-up cameras (not available until this year), full power seats for drivers, more tech options (blind spot warning, auto rain sensor, fully adjustable wipers, moving headlights, etc.), better wipers, a way to open a trunk without having to use the key fob or pushing a button on the dash, etc. etc. etc.
Now that I’ve dismissed that bit of Buick marketing nonsense, let’s get to the review. This is a very good car. Let me say that again, this is a very good car. In fact, in many ways, it is a better commuting car than my 2010 Audi A6 Prestige that I sold to buy this one.
Now you’re thinking - So it’s not a luxury car, but it is better than one of the world’s best luxury cars? What kind of weirdo is writing this? I assure you, I know what I’m talking about.
I commute 61 miles each direction to work every day. Like most long commutes, mine is a mix of freeway and stop-and-go urban gridlock. About 90% of it is in a straight line. Consequently, for me, the most important qualities of a car are:
• It must have a quite comfortable interior with supportive seats and an acceptable radio
• It must ride smoothly and get acceptable gas mileage
• It must have enough power to pass on hills and merge with 80 mph traffic
• It must have hands-free calling and iPhone integration
• It needs to look modern and not like a rent-a-Chevy
I don’t see any of these as “luxury,” they are just my basic requirements and the Verano, nails all of them.
What I do miss the most about my Audi? The tech and the all-wheel drive. Although I will say that the Verano was absolutely fine – even during the worst winter driving conditions in Denver it was rock solid.
Notice I didn’t say I missed the luxury interior. The Audi’s interior is an order of magnitude better than the Verano’s, but the Verano’s is still nice so I don’t find myself pining for the good ol’ days in the Audi. This is mostly due to the fact that the Verano has better seats. On long drives, the Audi’s hurt the back of legs no amount of adjusting helped. Also the fact that the Verano is every bit as quiet and smooth as the Audi makes it that much easier to forget about the nicer finishes on the German uber-sedan.
I also don’t miss the cost of ownership. I put 73,000 miles on the Audi in two years. It depreciated $25K. I paid about $20K in payments over that time frame. Also $1000 for tires at 15K miles. Oil changes that were $160 a piece, constant miscellaneous warning lights until a software update was done, two days lost while Audi replace the water pump that failed at 12K miles, etc., etc… That was an expensive car!
So far, I’ve put 27K miles on the Verano. I’ve had two oil changes for a total of $95. The tires still have ½ their useful life left. It hasn’t been back to the dealer even once – 100% trouble free. But perhaps the best of all, the Verano couldn’t depreciate $25K in its lifetime because it only cost me $26K out the door. I can buy a lot of luxury elsewhere in my live for the money I’m saving by giving up my nicer interior.
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