Before the likes of the Audi A3, Acura ILX, and Mercedes-Benz CLA arrived on our shores, the Buick Verano was the only compact luxury sedan on sale. Buick took a chance by thinking that people would be interested a small luxury sedan, and that chance is paying off and the Verano has a nice chunk of the market.

Since we last looked at the Verano last year, not much has changed. The exterior is very much the same with such Buick trademarks as the waterfall grille, blue tinting on the headlights, portholes on the hood, and taillights featuring chrome trim which makes it look like eyelashes. Inside, our particular Verano had some fit and finish problems with the door panel and dashboard not lining up, and the center stack bezel did not seem to fit into the hole made for it. Also, we found that the Verano had too many buttons on the center stack. Just trying to find the button for the radio could prove to be a headache for many. But the Verano is beginning to win us back with the easy-to-use infotainment system, quality materials used throughout, and comfortable seats.

Powering this Verano is a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. You can equip this with either a six-speed automatic or a manual. Yes, you read that correctly. You can equip a Verano with a manual transmission. Power comes on smoothly and rapidly, which is a bit surprising considering the badge on the front. Fuel economy wise, the EPA rates the 2014 Buick Verano Turbo at 20 City/31 Highway/24 Combined with the manual and 21 City/30 Highway/24 Combined with the automatic.

A 2014 Buick Verano Turbo will set you back $29,990.