2016 Buick Verano

Rarely do models unveiled in China have a significant impact in
the US market. However, after Buick Verano’s first two models
experienced some good sales in the US, it was inevitable that
the model would be shipped to the US.

Though we were a bit uncertain whether it would make it in time
to be dubbed a 2016 model. Buick worked swiftly and was able to
squeeze the model in time for the last US auto show on the last
year’s calendar.

The automaker has really worked hard to revamp their entry
level-premium sedan to improve their competitiveness in an
otherwise very competitive segment. Read along to learn more;

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2016 Buick Verano Exterior

Many people have complained about Verano’s exterior profile as
being conservative. The automaker seems to have finally heard
the complaints and as the new model is hooked up with a new
profile which draws its inspiration from its Enclave
and
LaCrosse sisters.

At the front, the new 2016 Buick Verano is now more expressive.
It still comes with its signature waterfall grille that almost
occupies the entire front. The grille is flanked by
horizontally-shaped headlights which feature blue translucent
rings around the projector beam headlamps.

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At the back, the Verano features large LED taillights and
redesigned exhaust tips. Other features include new hood vents
which come smaller than we expected and their location on the
corners near the windshield is a bit surprising. The vehicle
also features raked windshield and arching roofline that give
it a more upscale and confident stance.

Its exterior profile will be offered in three new color options
which join an array of others, they are Ebony Twilight
Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic and Crystal Red. Dimension
wise, the vehicle rides on a 105.7-inch wheelbase and stretches
183.9 inches long, 71.4 inches wide and stands on a height of
58.1 inches. The automaker has added a new Sport Touring trim
to the Verano lineup. The trims will be distinguished from
other models by a rear spoiler and 18-inch wheels.

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2016 Buick Verano Interior

Due to past experiences, I expected just a normal cabin without
anything special but I was pretty surprised to see the heights
Buick has reached in revolutionizing the Verano’s cabin. The
cabin was more luxurious than I expected and to some point very
inviting. The automaker has achieved a good mix of wood and
metallic trims which complement the soft-touch materials that
adorn the whole cabin.

The seats are upholstered either in leatherette, quality fabric
or pure leather. The dashboard looks clean and uncluttered. All
features are wisely placed on the center console giving it a
minimalist look which is attractive to premium-sedan buyers who
don’t go after cabins cluttered with knobs and buttons.

The cabin comes standard with features such as push-button
ignition, 8-way power driver’s seat, a dual-zone automatic
climate control system and electronic parking brakes. The
vehicle also comes with heated and ventilated front seats.

The cabin is very quiet. The automaker has installed manage to
come up with a Quiet Tuning technology which together with the
vehicle’s triple door seals and acoustical laminated glass help
reduce vibrations and block exterior sounds resulting in a very
peaceful and quiet cabin. This quietness particularly comes in
handy when using its IntelliLink or OnStar 4G LTE systems. The
features result in an inviting cabin that can rival its
competitors though it cannot be termed as the best in the
segment; all in all it is a massive improvement from the
outgoing models.

Engine Specs and Performance

Buick has dropped the 1.5 L, turbocharged Ecotec, 4-cylinder
engine. The 2016 Buick Verano will feature two drive-trains.

The standard engine is a direct-injected 2.4 L, 4-cylinder
engine good for 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. This engine is
hooked up with variable valve timing and camshafts which give
the sedan better a mechanical response. It is EPA rated at 21
mpg city and 32 mpg on highway drives.  Though it was
rumored that the engine would be mated to a 7-speed dual clutch
transmission system, the engine comes paired with a 6-speed
automatic transmission.

The second engine is a turbocharged 2.0 L, Ecotec engine
capable of producing 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The good
thing about this engine is that it produces output similar to a
V-6 while retaining fuel efficiency of a 4-cylinder. The engine
comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission but a
6-speed manual transmission is also available.

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Price and release date

The 1SV is the cheapest 2016 Buick Verano starting MSRP at $
21,065 exclusive of a $ 925 destination fee. This model had a
price tag of $ 23,380 but the automaker decided to drop it
slightly to attract more customers.

The 1SD on the other hand costs $ 23,480. The Sport Touring
trim goes for $ 24,065, 26,505 for the leather group and $
28,670 for the Premium Turbo trim with a manual gearbox.

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Competition

The 2016 Buick Verano sedan will go head to head with the likes
of 2016
Acura ILX and 2016 Toyota
Corolla.