I 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!