The Good The 2013 Buick Verano Turbo features good power and Euro-caliber handling. The standard IntelliLink infotainment system is well-designed and packs in a full array of digital audio sources. The navigation upgrade is relatively inexpensive and adds Pandora and Stitcher smartphone app integration.
The Bad Even at this top trim level, the Verano's cabin falls short of the "luxury" claim. Turbo lag occasionally leaves the sedan wanting for power.
The Bottom Line The 2013 Buick Verano Turbo falls short of my luxury sedan expectations, but good, turbocharged performance and accessible cabin technology keep this sporty sedan in the game.
Buick's compact is good, but not 'luxury-good'
When I responded to friends' and coworkers' inquiries about what my wheels for the week would be with "the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo," I was usually met with odd looks and replies.
"Ugh, I'm not a fan of big cars." "You must not be happy with that one." "Wow, they still make Buicks?" It seems that Buick has an uphill battle to get past all of these preconceived notions. Fortunately, while it's not a perfect car, there is much to like about the 2013 Verano Turbo.
What sort of Buick is this?
In assessing the 2013 Buick Verano, it's important to first figure out what sort of vehicle it is. Even before settling behind the wheel, it's obvious that this isn't your grandpa's Buick. The compact sedan shares its platform and 105.7-inch wheelbase with the , although the sleek Buick is a few fractions of an inch wider, longer, and taller than the Chevy.