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Vehicle Comparison: 2013 Buick Verano vs. Lexus IS

Named a 2013 Best Buy, the Buick Verano represents convenience, luxury and sportiness!

Named a 2013 Best Buy, the Buick Verano represents convenience, luxury and sportiness!

The verdict is in – The 2013 Buick Verano is the BETTER VALUE!!!!!  The 2013 Buick Verano is a premium compact sedan with an emphasis on luxury for less. With cutting-edge technology, striking design and sophisticated luxury, the Verano is ready to take on everything in its class. The Lexus IS offers luxury, but the Verano offers everything for far less and you can get on for yourself here at Coulter Motor Company in Tempe, Arizona.

In choosing the Verano as the 2013 “Best Upscale Small Car for the Money,” U.S. News Ranking and Reviews editors noted the Verano “has the best combination of ownership costs and positive reviews in its class. U.S. News also selected the Verano as the 2013 “Best Upscale Small Car for Families,” because “it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.”
Drivers looking for a luxurious and sporty compact sedan will notice that the 2013 Buick Verano has a starting MSRP of $23,080. On the other hand, the 2014 Lexus IS starts at an MSRP of $35,950. That’s a $12,870 difference; for what the IS costs, you can buy the fully loaded, top-of-the-line turbocharged Verano Premium, which starts at $29,105 with front-wheel drive, and still have more than $6,800 left over.
Non-turbo Verano trims are powered by a 2.4-liter ECOTEC® four-cylinder engine that produces 180 hp and 170 lb/ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission, a combination that delivers an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 32 mph highway. The Lexus IS is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 204 hp and 185 lb/ft of torque through its own six-speed automatic, good for 30 mpg highway. Both models offer alternate engine choices for those who demand more power, but the Verano again offers better fuel efficiency with the extra power.
Although the Verano is far less expensive, it provides you with more standard amenities. Available in Verano, Verano with Convenience Group, Verano with Leather Group and Verano with Premium Group, all trims some standard with 18-inch wheels (17-inchers are standard on the IS) Bluetooth, an electronic parking brake, ambient lighting, remote vehicle start and dual-zone automatic climate control. Even the top Verano trims––which include luxury amenities like leather seating, heated front seats, push-button start and added safety and technology options––still cost thousands less than a base model Lexus IS. For example, the least expensive way to get leather seats in an entry IS 250 will cost you $39,615.
The Verano comes standard with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a seven-inch color touch-screen with the Buick IntelliLink system that provides voice-control access to your smartphone. A nine-speaker Bose audio system is also available. The IS offers similar features, but it can’t match the value of the Verano. People who drive the Verano enjoy its tidy dimensions, and although both cars are similar in actual size, the Verano holds an advantage in trunk space, front and rear headroom and rear legroom.
Something you won’t find in the Verano, but you may in the IS, is excess road noise. Exclusive Buick QuietTuning technology in the Verano does away with it using a combination of precision engineering, advanced and strategically located sound blocking and absorbing materials, triple door seals and acoustic laminated glass.
On the safety front, the Verano comes standard with 10 airbags, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control, Antilock Brakes with Panic Brake Assist and the peerless OnStar telematics system with six-months of the Directions and Connections plan.
The Verano earned a 2013 “Top Safety Pick” designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; the Lexus IS did not. The Verano also earned a “5-Star” overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highest possible score.
Consumer Guide staff was also impressed with the Verano, writing, “Verano transcends its mainstream-compact origins – in any trim level, it handily undercuts the prices of its premium-compact rivals while delivering a convincingly upscale driving experience.” After reviewing the IS 250, Consumer Guide staff wrote, “IS 250s feel sleepy on takeoff, strained up steep grades, and are shy on midrange passing power, despite a responsive, silky automatic transmission.”
The 2013 Buick Verano is a better choice for those who don’t want to spend more to get less. Stop by today to see and drive the Verano for yourself.
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August 21, 2013 - Posted by | Buick | , , , , , , , ,

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