The Buick Verano is a great compact luxury car. Sure, some may not like the car’s “ass-brows” (we ought to trademark that) or its incorrectly-sized cutout for the front license plate, but that doesn’t detract from the car’s otherwise great qualities of being quiet (almost silent, even), comfortable, and elegant.
Seeing how great the Verano already is, we thought that The General would want to fix the Verano’s only downside — the wheezing, weak, and outdated 2.4 liter Ecotec LEA engine that serves as the base powerplant, with something a bit more potent and modern… something like, say, the newly-designed 2.5 liter LCV unit. But alas, that’s not the case.
Instead, the 2014 Verano gets a new gray color (Smoky Gray Metallic), new 18″ wheels, as well as Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning systems — which are very welcome safety features. In addition, the two front seats feature heating as standard equipment — adding even more standard features to the already-generously-equipped sedan.
Here are the full RPO-level changes:
- Exterior color (GBV) Cyber Gray Metallic
- (PXW) 18″split multi-spoke alloy wheels with Silver finish
- Exterior color (GLJ) Smoky Gray Metallic
- (UEU) Forward Collision Alert
- (UFL) Lane Departure Warning
- (UG1) Universal Home Remote, garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
- (KA1) Driver and front passenger heated seats are now standard on 1SG (were not available in 2013)
- (RV1) 18″ multi-spoke machined faced alloy wheels with polished face and Sterling Silver finished pockets are now standard on 1SD and 1SG (were available in 2013)