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2013 Buick Verano Turbo Update 9: Gear Changes and Regular Maintenance

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/22/2014 Erick Ayapana

Using our long-term 2013 Buick Verano to shuttle around a few friends visiting from out of town solidified a number of pros and cons I've already heard from a number of staffers regarding the small sedan. Traffic was heavier than usual that weekend, so my friends and I spent plenty of time sitting in the Verano's cabin.

The passengers (especially the pregnant one) rarely complained. High marks were given to the Buick's plush seats and quiet ride, which can be credited to the acoustic laminated windshield and loads of sound deadening material. My experience from the driver's seat, however, was mixed. For starters, the turbo-four is a great and peppy engine that feels much stronger than its rating of 250 hp. Unfortunately, the six-speed manual gearbox it's mated to was a bit frustrating at times, especially in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

© Provided by MotorTrend Associate online editor Christian Seabaugh previously discussed the transmission odd gearing and I have to agree. Second gear is especially tall and was essentially useless in traffic. The alternative to shifting to second was staying in first gear longer than usually, which meant a lot of heads were whipped back and forth if I wasn't smooth with the accelerator pedal. A sore neck is not something you want to feel after riding in a car, let alone a Buick. On the plus side, the tall sixth gear is nice when the highways are wide and open where the Verano's engine hums well below 2000 rpm at 65 mph.

While I drove the Buick, I took care of some scheduled maintenance. The visit to the local Cadillac/Buick/GMC dealership went relatively well. The facility was clean and benefited from a recent renovation push from Cadillac. The service included an oil change, tire rotation, and fluids, but I hastily reviewed the work order and missed the unnecessary fuel and engine treatments that added $27.45 to the total bill of $120.63.

Stay tuned for the WOT staff's verdict on the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo, coming in February.

More on the Buick Verano Turbo :
2013 Buick Verano Turbo Arrival
Verano Turbo Update 1: Power and Mileage Balanced
Verano Turbo Update 2: This Thing is Confused
Verano Turbo Update 3: Go North, Small Buick
Verano Turbo Update 4: Not Your Grandpa's Buick
Verano Turbo Update 5: Justifying the Automatic
Verano Turbo Update 6: The Road Trip
Verano Turbo Update 7: Is It On?
Verano Turbo Update 8: A Regal Issue

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