Michigan Buick Dealers Hear Buick Verano Takes First Place in Motor Trend Comparison

November 29th, 2012

Michigan Buick Dealers Hear 2013 Buick Verano Turbo Wins Over 2013 Acura ILX. All photos by Motor Trend Magazine.

DETROIT – Michigan Buick dealers may have already heard the news as Motor Trend Magazine has written a new article with an in-depth look at two models that are making their way into Generation Y. With the many models that are being introduced into Generation Y, the generation born between 1980s and 1990s, the brands Buick and Acura have two models that are making an impression as entry luxury models.

Both the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo and the 2013 Acura ILX were analyzed, driven and examined by Motor Trend Magazine. Different aspects were looked at for both models such as the speed, handling and power. Although their base models start at $20k, Motor Trend tested the next two trims up.

The basic specs for both models include:

  • 2013 Buick Verano Turbo: 250 hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four, 260 lb-ft of torque, and six forward, driver-selected gears.
  • 2013 Acura ILX: 201-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 170 lb-ft of torque, and idyllic six-speed manual.

2013 Buick Verano Turbo Engine

The Acura may be 0.4 seconds faster getting to 60 mph, but in terms of a smooth ride, the Verano takes curves pleasantly, even with its extra 498 pounds.

There was no added navigation in the Acura model that was analyzed, although other trims do have them stocked. As for the Verano, the navigation is available for an additional $795. When the models do have navigation built-in, though, the Verano has two inches on the screen for the Acura.

2013 Buick Verano Turbo Interior

One of the final important characteristics that was looked at between these two vehicles included the sound isolation design. As can be seen in the following graph, the Buick Verano Turbo beats out the Acura and other Civic models. The smaller the number, the better the sound isolation.

Car Acura ILX 2.4 Buick Verano Turbo Honda Civic LX Honda Civic Si
Sones 32.5 27.6 33.4 34.2
dBA 72.9 68.9 72.9 73.6

So, which model won the battle?

The 2013 Buick Verano flew by with flying colors. Dealers may be excited to be able to offer a Motor Trend Magazine pick, but only drivers will know for themselves once they experience a test drive at one of their local Michigan Buick dealers. Below are more detailed specification of the two models for those customers interested.

2013 Buick Verano Turbo


2013 Acura ILX (2.4) 2013 Buick Verano Turbo
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD Front-engine, FWD
ENGINE TYPE I-4, alum block/head Turbocharged I-4, alum block/head
VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 143.6 cu in/2354 cc 121.9 cu in/1998 cc
POWER (SAE NET) 201 hp @ 7000 rpm 250 hp @ 5300 rpm*
TORQUE (SAE NET) 170 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm*
REDLINE 7100 rpm 6500 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 14.7 lb/hp 13.8 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 4.77:1/3.08:1 3.55:1/2.20:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
SUSPENSION, REAR Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Torsion beam, coil springs
STEERING RATIO 15.1:1 15.5:1
BRAKES, F;R 11.8-in vented disc; 10.2-in disc, ABS 11.8-in vented disc; 11.5-in disc, ABS
WHEELS 7.0 x 17-in, cast aluminum 8.0 x 18-in, cast aluminum
TIRES 215/45R17 87V M+S
Michelin Pilot HX MXM4
235/45R18 94H M+S
Continental ContiProContact
WHEELBASE 105.1 in 105.7 in
TRACK, F/R 59.4/60.3 in 60.3/60.7 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 179.1 x 70.6 x 55.6 in 183.9 x 71.4 x 58.4 in
TURNING CIRCLE 36.1 ft 36.0 ft
CURB WEIGHT 2953 lb 3451 lb
WEIGHT DIST., F/R 61/39 % 61/39 %
HEADROOM, F/R 37.9/35.9 in 38.3/37.8 in
LEGROOM, F/R 42.3/34.0 in 42.0/36.9 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 55.6/53.5 in 55.0/52.8 in
CARGO VOLUME 12.3 cu ft 14.3 cu ft
0-30 2.2 sec 3.1 sec
0-40 3.3 4.3
0-50 4.7 5.4
0-60 6.4 6.8
0-70 8.3 8.9
0-80 10.7 10.7
0-90 13.6 12.8
0-100 16.9 16.0
PASSING, 45-65 MPH 3.3 3.0
QUARTER MILE 14.9 sec @ 94.1 mph 15.2 sec @ 98.2 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 120 ft 119 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.80 g (avg) 0.81 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.9 sec @ 0.56 g (avg) 27.1 sec @ 0.61 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 2600 rpm 1700 rpm
BASE PRICE $26,795 $29,990
PRICE AS TESTED $30,095 $30,185
AIRBAGS Dual frt, frt side, f/r curtain Dual frt, f/r side, f/r curtain, frt knee
BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 6 yrs/70,000 miles 6 yrs/70,000 miles
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/50,000 miles 6 yrs/70,000 miles
FUEL CAPACITY 13.2 gal 15.6 gal
EPA CITY/HWY ECON 22/31 mpg 20/31 mpg
ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 153/109 kW-hrs/100 miles 169/109 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS 0.77 lb/mile 0.82 lb/mile
MT FUEL ECONOMY 23.6 mpg 20.9 mpg
RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium
*SAE Certified


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