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