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Day by Day Review: 2013 Buick Verano Turbo car test drives daily car reviews buick
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I was going to try to compare the Verano to the BMW 328i I had last week, but when I opened the rear door and realized how much smaller the Verano was compared to the BMW I decided that was not very fair. What the Verano does compare very favourably to are the Acura ILX and Lexus IS 250 — I was actually a little surprised to find out that the Verano has more interior space than both.

The interior of the Verano is well laid out and ergonomic, unless you plan on using the touchscreen, which I find is a little bit hard to reach. You can control all facets of the display with the dash mounted control knob but it isn’t very intuitive and the “select” button is little bit odd, as you must push the outer rim of the main control knob.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Buick Verano Turbo car test drives daily car reviews buick
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The rest of the interior is top notch and easily fits in with the segment of compact and entry level luxury. Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest winners — like the adjustable front armrest on the centre console that provides maximum comfort.

The 60/40 split folding rear seats offer that extra cargo space that in luxury cars is often missing, but I have to note that opening the trunk must be done via the remote or a button on the dash — there is no external trunk release.

I’m being a little picky here, but when the car is so good that it is hard to find fault one tends to find the little faults. I’ve complained before about loud signal light relays and the Verano is the opposite, if you forget to shut off the signal light, forget about an audio cue, it’s dead silent.




About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).