My Wife Reviews the Buick Verano

My Wife Reviews the Buick VeranoI warned you my wife was going to review the Buick Verano, a car we drove last week. The following words belong to her...

I don't get excited about cars. So when Mike told me he was test driving a Buick Verano for a week, I had no interest. To top it off, the average age of a Buick buyer is in his/her late 50s. Not to sound ageist, but I just pictured a bulky luxury car that only "old people" would drive (no offence to any Buick drivers out there).

The GM Rep did, however, tell him that I would love this car. Surprisingly, she wasn't too off.

It wasn't the stereotypical big, bulky Buick. It was a compact car, albeit a "bigger", more powerful compact car. It had all the usual bells and whistles (leather seats, rearview camera, GPS, satellite radio, etc.) that you can find in other upgraded or luxury cars, so no surprises there. What I was easily impressed with was the roominess! I had more than enough leg and head room - so much so that I felt miniature, even with the desk, office chair, Christmas tree, and hockey equipment we decided to throw in there.


Also, the acceleration was fast and quiet! Having said that, I use my car to get me from point A to point B safely. I don't need the speed or turbo that car enthusiasts might look for - but as an owner of a compact Mazda, the power of the Verano was so obvious.


Good job, GM. Starting at $22,895, it's an affordably priced, nice car with everything anyone would want. You just somehow need to remove that "old person" stigma that this car clearly contradicts. Maybe it needs a bit of Kanye in its ads. Or July Talk!

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Sam from England

I'm pretty sure that exact same car is called a Vauxhall Insignia here. And in the rest of europe an Opel Insignia. I'd much rather have a Buick Verano though.

September 24, 2013 @ 5:59 AM


@ Sam I would not be surprised it's an Opal or Vauxhall. GM has been bringing those models over and rebadging them for a while. It makes sense Europe has been designing and building smaller more efficient cars than they have in Detroit from the start.

September 24, 2013 @ 8:19 AM


Close. The Buick Regal is essentially an Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, not the slightly smaller Verano. For the first model year of the new Regals, 2011, the cars were built in Europe, specifically the Russelsheim, Germany, plant where the Insignia is produced. Most of General Motors' car platforms are used all over the world now, so we should not be surprised when the resulting product is better than the shite that was foisted on the North American market not many years back. For quite some time, I would get a look of disbelief when I said that GM makes some very good, competitive cars. Then I would finish off by adding "they just don't sell them in North America."

September 24, 2013 @ 11:22 AM

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