2015 Buick Verano Drops Manual Transmission

You win some, you lose some. Though the 2015 Buick Verano adds a new appearance package and a new paint color, it is no longer available with a six-speed manual transmission. The shift-yourself option was reportedly dropped because very few Buick Verano customers chose it.

Until now, the Buick Verano Turbo could be equipped with either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. Both transmissions mated with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine good for 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. For 2015, however, low demand means the turbo engine, manual transmission option has vanished. Although we appreciated that the model existed, we predicted back in 2012 that, “Most — we’d guess nearly all — customers will be just fine with the six-speed automatic.” According to Buick, the turbocharged engine is strong enough to send the 2015 Buick Verano to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds.

The standard 2015 Buick Verano, meanwhile, continues to use a 180-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four engine with a six-speed automatic.

There are two other key changes for the 2015 Buick Verano. Dark Sapphire Metallic joins the color palette, and there’s a new appearance package (for all models except the aforementioned Turbo) that bundles a rear spoiler and a bright-chrome front grille.

Pricing for the 2015 Buick Verano has yet to be announced. The outgoing 2014 model starts at$24,625 after destination charges, while the 2014 Buick Verano Turbo costs $29,990.