The Buick Verano has been lauded for its luxury and value, helping usher in the compact luxury sedan class. If there was one complaint to be had with the Verano, it would be that the 180 horsepower coming from its standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine could afford some extra help.
Buick consequently opened the floodgates wide open with the announcement that its upcoming Verano Turbo would have 250 horsepower—49 more than the top-range 2013 Acura ILX, its closest competitor—by way of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. But it left us wondering for several months how much it would cost. The answer is $29,990, including $885 for destination and handling.
The base Verano starts at $23,470 but comes with cloth seats and very few of the features in the Verano Turbo. For extra coin—$2,765 more than a similarly equipped non-turbo Verano with the Leather package—the Verano Turbo comes with dual exhaust pipes, sport pedals, a rear spoiler, a Bose nine-speaker audio system, leather seats, a push-button start, park assist, a rearview camera, a radar-based blindzone alert, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. A power sunroof ($900) and navigation system ($795) are optional equipment.
By comparison, the 2013 Acura ILX–with the uprated 2.4-liter engine lifted from the Honda Civic Si–starts at $30,095 but comes with a power sunroof as standard. However, it lacks many of the convenience technologies of the Buick like the lane-departure warning system, isn’t available with a navigation system unless you opt for the base 150-horsepower or pricey hybrid models, and isn’t available with an automatic ransmission in its most powerful form. (Buick is selling the Verano with a standard six-speed automatic or an available six-speed manual transmission.) The 2.4-liter Acura ILX is rated at 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway; the Buick Verano Turbo comes in at a slightly lower 20 mpg city/31 mpg highway.
The 2013 Buick Verano Turbo, like every other Verano, is equipped with a standard IntelliLink infotainment system and Bluetooth phone pairing, as well as Pandora streaming and phone apps. For 2013, a rearview camera is standard across the range as well.
The 2013 Buick Verano Turbo goes on sale this fall.