The 2014 Buick Verano is offered in four trim levels: Summer, the Summer Comfort Group, Verano Leather Group and Summer with Premium Group, also known as the Verano Turbo. Summer base comes standard with 18-inch wheels of alloy wheels, fog lights, cruise control, remote engine start, dual-zone automatic control, split folding rear seat climate, tilt and telescopic July 1 -inch touch screen, interface electronics Buick IntelliLink, rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, The 2014 Buick Verano bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, telematics OnStar system and a six-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio, USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack.
The Convenience Group brings heated side mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear parking sensors, heated front seats and power driver seat with six-way manual recline. Standard safety features include blind and forward collision, lane points – output systems and rear cross traffic warning.
The Leather Group adds keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, and a Bose audio system with nine speakers. The Premium Group is the Turbo model. It has a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged and combines all equipment groups leather and comfort, while the addition of a rear spoiler. A sunroof is optional for all models of Summer, and a navigation system is optional on all but the base model.
2014 Buick Verano Interior
It may be a compact car, but the 2014 Buick Verano is deceptively spacious. Drivers of all sizes can feel comfortable behind the wheel and find plenty of seat adjustment. However, the lack of power recline adjustment for the seat is a disappointment on a near-luxury car, as is the lack of memory function driver’s seat. And while the idea has legroom for rear seat reasonable, it is still not as helpful as a midsize sedan, particularly in the rear center position. We suspect some of the rear seat space was relegated to the trunk, which measures 15.2 cubic feet, the impressive capacity for this type of car.
Summer dashboard has a sleek and smooth design, which was marred only by a few too many buttons. The touch screen 7 inch standard presents information in large and legible characters, and the arrangement of the icons can be customized as a Smartphone. Connecting to IntelliLink infotainment Buick allows the integration of Pandora and Stitcher apps radio, too. As with other touchscreen based systems, the interface Summer can sometimes be annoying as it is slow to record inputs of the fingers and sometimes completely lost commands.
Interior Summer is well assembled, with tight fits between panels and, for the most part, higher grade plastics that what you will find in the main midsize sedans. Some of the items in good condition fail to make the cut in a luxury sedan entry level – a reminder that the summer is related to the Chevrolet Cruze.
2014 Buick Verano Motor
Powering the base 2014 Buick Verano is a four-cylinder 2.4-liter that generates 180 horsepower and 171 pound- feet of torque. The six-speed automatic with manual shift feature is the only transmission offered. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined (21 mpg city/32 mpg highway) – respectable numbers, but lower than midsize cars like the Altima and Accord.
The 2014 Buick Verano turbocharged 2.0 -liter four -cylinder good for 250 horsepower and 260 lb -ft of torque is available only for Summer Turbo. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but a manual six-speed transmission is optional. The fuel economy ratings are solid, with either transmission24 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway) with the automatic and 24 mpg combined (20 city/31 highway) in the manual.
In performance testing, the idea with the 2.4-liter engine accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 9.0 seconds, which is slow for this class. Moreover, the Turbo Summer hit 60 in 6.6 seconds, which is normal for a luxury sedan entry level, but fast compared with the high class midsize sedans.
2014 Buick Verano Security
Standard safety features for the 2014 Buick Verano include anti-lock disc brakes, the side airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags, traction and stability control, the side airbags for the rear seats, knee airbags for the front seats. The standard OnStar system includes automatic collision notification, roadside assistance on demand, an emergency button, stolen vehicle locator and active intervention and remote door unlocking. All Buick Summers comes with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, starting with the Group of convenience, you also get blind spots, the rear warning systems cross traffic forward collision and lane departure. In government crash tests, the Summer scored a five star superior general, with five stars for overall frontal crash protection and five stars for overall side impact protection. In crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Summer received the highest possible rating of “Good” in tests, 2014 Buick Verano side and roof strength moderate frontal offset overlap.