2013 Buick Verano Turbo road test: Power upgrade adds fun factor to compact luxury sedan

2013 Buick Verano Turbo, prices and key specifications, as tested

Base price: $29,105

As tested: $32,010 (includes $885 delivery charge)

Standard comfort and convenience features include driver’s six-way adjustable power seat, remote vehicle starter, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, heated steering wheel, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, 3 months of satellite radio service, driver information system, OnStar emergency communications system with crash response and turn-by-turn navigation for 6 months, 7-inch diagonal LED backlit color-touch radio display with IntelliLink technology, Bluetooth hands-free telephone connectivity, 9-speaker audio system with steering wheel controls, automatic on-off headlights


Power sunroof, $900

Audio system with navigation, $795

Crystal Red paint, $325

Body style/layout: 4-door sedan, front engine/front-wheel drive


2-liter, turbocharged double over head camshaft 4-cylinder

Cylinder block/head; aluminum

Horsepower: 250 hp @ 5300 rpm

Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

Recommended fuel: premium (unleaded regular acceptable)

Fuel economy, EPA est.: 20/31 mpg city/highway

Fuel economy, observed: 24 mpg

Transmission: 6-speed manual


Suspension, front/rear: McPherson strut / torsion beam

Wheels: 18-inch forged alloy

Brakes: 4-wheel disc

Steering: Electric power rack-and-pinion

Turning circle: 36.0 ft.


Wheelbase: 105.7 in.

Length: 183.9 in.

Height: 58.1 in.

Width: 71.4 in.

Curb weight: 3300 lbs

Trunk volume: 14  cu. ft.

Fuel tank: 15.6 gal.


Airbags: Front, front side, head/torso
Anti-lock brakes: Yes; traction control: Yes; stability control: Yes
Other: child-seat anchors, post-crash alert system, blind-spot monitoring, rear park assist, rear-view camera,  cross-path warning to alert drivers of vehicles and pedestrians when car is  backing up.

Warranty: 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty; 4-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty