Undoubtedly, the fresh 2017 Buick Verano brings American luxury car qualities to the small car realm. For those shopping on the compact sedan segment might find it to be a solid choice, but it will also be imperative to keep an open mind as its German rivals in the same price range offer much a better alternative.
Some of its strengths include a competitive price, composed and comfortable ride, efficient and strong turbocharged engines, and a standard technology galore. Its release date should be expected this fall. For 2017, the Verano gains new base and Sport trim.
For quite some time, the vehicle was considered an afterthought in the United States, and was primarily intended for those who were shopping on tight budgets. Americans generally preferred Lincolns and Cadillacs particularly for those guys who seat in boardrooms. On the other hand, Japanese and Europeans generally saw compact cars as cars that anyone could drive regardless of the occasion.
However, things have changed of late, and the idea of compact cars now commensurate with most people in the U.S, as the demand has soared in recent years. The new 2017 Buick Verano comes with a substantial list of standard and optional features as well as a finely-crafted exterior. The only major downside to the Verano is the tight backseat.
Sadly, there aren’t a plethora of alternative choices in its class. Although, the 2017 Audi A3, 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Acura ILX 2017 give the Verano a run for their money. If space is a key priority, you could still get a higher-end mid-size car, for example, the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion or the Nissan Altima.
Available Trims – Buick Verano Trims
The five-passenger configured 2017 Buick Verano offers a walloping six trims: new 1SV base trim, the previous base Verano, Convenience Group, Sport Touring, Leather Group, and the plush Premium Turbo Group trim.
Interior Changes & Exterior Review – 2017 Buick Verano
The SV comes equipped with a split-folding rear seat, six-speaker audio system, 17” alloy wheels, eight-way manually adjustable front seats, automatic climate control (dual-zone), USB port, CD player, OnStar connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, and cruise control.
The previous base model (regular Verano) comes with a rearview camera, a leather wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, smartphone app integration, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, remote engine start, and Buick’s IntelliLink interface.
Opting for the Convenience Group gets you lane-departure warning system, an auto-dimming rearview camera, a blind-spot monitoring system, 18” alloy wheels, a forward collision warning system, heated side mirrors, power driver seat, foglights, and rear-cross traffic alert system.
The 2017 Buick Verano Sport Touring trim is equipped similarly to the above trim and further adds s rear trunk lid spoiler, and different 18” wheels.
The Leather Group adds Bose audio system, leather upholstery, and steering heated wheel.
The plush 2017 Buick Verano Premium Turbo builds upon what the Leather Group offers plus a rear spoiler, and a more agile 2.0L engine.
Finally, the new 2017 Buick Verano Sport, Convenience, and Leather trims are provided with an optional Appearance Group package which avails a rear spoiler and a chrome grille. Others include a sunroof and a navigation system.
Engine Specs – 2017 Buick Verano
A 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 180 hp and 171 pounds of torque is available for most versions of the FWD 2017 Buick Verano. The range-topping 2017 Buick Verano Premium Turbo comes with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides 250 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque.
The fuel economy ratings for the 2.4L engine stands at a laudable 21/32/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, although some might argue that the ratings fall way lower than what other cars offer. For instance, both the four-cylinder Nissan Altima and Honda Accord offer better fuel consumption ratings despite their comparatively bigger size.
The Premium Turbo’s engine offers 21/31/24 mpg with an automatic, and 20/31/24 mpg with the manual.
Exterior colors include Dark Sapphire, Blue Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, and Summit White.
Price & Release Date – 2017 Buick Verano
Expect the base 1SV to cost you an MSRP starting from $21,065, and up to $28,670 for the plush Premium Turbo Group trim. As pertains its release date, expect it this fall.
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