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Old 02-18-2017, 07:30 AM
 
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I'm researching replacement cars for my 13 year old Pontiac Vibe. It's taken me a while but I've narrowed down my chooses to four cars, the Buick Verano Premium turbo and the Chevy Cruze (turbo) are two of them. My plan is to save towards the replacement car and keep an eye on the used car market for them in case anything pops up that's a good deal. I'm looking at 2014-2016, used. Although I can get a GM employee discount on a new car through my parents (although I looked into it and it looks like enough to really justify buying new over used though... just around $2k off the price of the car).

Anyway, if anyone could provide feedback on either of these cars, that would be great. They both seem like good cars, well rated, etc. from what I read (and from one very helpful Citicard poster), but I'd really like some feedback from more owners. Thanks!
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:03 AM
 
Location: McAllen, Tx.
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I currently own a 2016 Verano Turbo; I previously had a 2013, which I had "reluctantly" bought when I couldn't keep up with the repairs on my 2003 Pontiac GT.

I wound up really liking the car enough, that when the lease was up, I traded for the 2016 Turbo, which I wanted for more power.

I really enjoy driving this car; the front seats are very comfortable...well mine anyway LOL, since I'm always the driver.

The car has a built in Wifi Hotspot, which I pay $10 a month for 1 gig of Wifi through AT&T (which I have cell service with); I find it handy when traveling.

I have the full package of rear camera, GPS Navigation, Sunroof, heated seats and steering wheel, side blind mirror alerts, cross traffic alerts....I pay for Satellite Radio, which gives me access to these built in apps that show of all things the movie times and really handy when traveling, Gas station locations.

The trunk is big and the car has rear seats that fold down to carry more and bigger items.

The bad things are the following:

Gas mileage is terrible, especially for a small car, but for me tolerable since I mostly drive the
highway to work
There are a lot of very confusing buttons surrounding the radio area (took me
awhile to learn)
If you have an iPhone, you will have problems connecting to the Bluetooth to use the voice
recognition; that's why I wound up with a Samsung Galaxy Edge Phone instead, which works
perfectly
There is a weird blind area to the side of the driver which is why I rely so heavily on the blind
side Mirror alerts
The car is small; the backseat has very little foot area, so tall and/or big people will be
uncomfortable.

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Old 02-19-2017, 11:11 AM
 
Location: McAllen, Tx.
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http://www.buick.com/content/dam/Bui...%20Catalog.pdf

https://my.buick.com/content/dam/gmo...2015Verano.pdf

Here are some brochures.
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Car Reliability Comparisons
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Danbury CT covering all of Fairfield County
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Just had a Chevy Cruze as a rental for a 1.5 weeks when my car was in the shop. It was a 2015 LT2. The stereo & heated leather seats were a bonus. The car was slow to accerlate and didn't go well in the little bit of snow that was left on the ground. The back seat was too small to clients in. Exterior was cute. Would'nt buy it. I just remembered I had Buick Verano as a rental when I was on vacation a couple years ago, it was OK.
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