By on June 10, 2014


Looks like we were wrong – sort of. We incorrectly announced that the Buick Verano 6-speed manual was slated to die for the 2015 model year, but luckily, we were wrong.

It turns out that contrary to reports from Buick, their own communications team erroneously announced the Verano MT’s death. It will, in fact, be sticking around for 2015, despite the low take rate. After driving Daveincalgary’s example, I am certainly glad that Buick is sticking with the Verano 6MT – I think I like it better than the ILX 2.4. Now if only we can raise funds for a Trifecta Tune. Kickstarter, anyone?

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37 Comments on “Three Pedal Buick Verano Granted 11th Hour Stay Of Execution...”

  • avatar

    The manual is obsolete.

    If I have to “row my own gears” then how am I supposed to hold my iPhone???

    • 0 avatar

      Preaching to the choir might make you feel good, but it doesn’t make any real difference. That goes for everyone else, too, myself included.

    • 0 avatar

      I’ll get flack for saying this again, but:

      I think all teenagers getting a license should be forced to live with a manual transmission vehicle for one year. They’d learn a lot.

      My first vehicle was a 1995 F-150. It was 2 wheel drive, with a manual and balding rear tires. And, this is in Wyoming. I learned car control that winter much better than I could have in an automatic.

      The manual transmission isn’t needed, but I still prefer them. Automatics seem to soulless for me. I’ve tried the manual shifting on my Audi Tiptronic- it isn’t even close to the real deal.

      Give me three pedals any day. You can keep the slushbox.

      • 0 avatar


        I actually agree with you!

        But I seriously doubt driver’s ed classes will take on the liability of trying to teach manual on public roads.

        I learned to drive on a Honda Civic with an auto at a community college course. If I want to drive manual, I’d need a Dodge Challenger for the leg space. Then I’d need a wide open parking lot and a low traffic highway. Then I’d have to practice in heavy traffic.

        I do agree with you about kids learning car control and maintenance.

        Problem: if more kids learned manual, more of them might choose manuals.

        I want it to disappear altogether.

        • 0 avatar

          “But I seriously doubt driver’s ed classes will take on the liability of trying to teach manual on public roads.”

          How is that many other countries do just that, including England, where I did my lessons. Never driven an automatic before.

          Yet somehow in the UK we have incredibly low fatal accident rates, so it’s definitely not more dangerous.

          • 0 avatar


            #1. You have less people driving

            #2. You have less people texting because THERE’S NO ONE WORTH TEXTING.

            #3. Your roads are like 90% highway (I saw SNATCH and Sean of the Dead).

            #4. You drive on the wrong side of the road.

            I’ve seen a left-handed, Lamborghini Aventador driving on the left side of the road and I threw up all over my laptop.

      • 0 avatar

        Your argument sounds about as elitist as saying (if you know about computer programming) that any web developer should learn assembly language before coding a shopping cart or say “any baker should learn how to grow wheat before cooking a bagel”. And what is automotive soul anyways? A pain in the ass? Pumping the clutch medal 10 times per minute gives a car more soul as you’re stuck in a traffic?

        Besides that triptonic you have used, there exist like a gazillion other automatic and semi-automatic transmissions as well as CVTs. In my experience, a well designed CTV beats both manual and automatics any day (try say Honda Accord or 2012- Prius), and a good automatic can be as good a manual transmission, as demonstrated by Mazda’s Skyactiv drive trains.

        • 0 avatar

          First, I do work in IT. That’s beside the point, though.

          Growing wheat and baking it is completely different. According to that logic, all teenagers should have to build their own cars.

          You do learn more on a stick, though. I’ll give you a winter scenerio. You are stopped before a slight uphill grade, and will head up it. What gear do you pick? What do you do in a slide?

          I owned two vehicles while in High School and still own both- the F150 with a 5-Speed and a 1995 LeSabre. I had many more options in the F-150 than in the LeSabre. You can control an automatic, but most drivers don’t. Their answer is “More Accelerator” or “Less Accelerator”. In a manual, you can work the vehicle more. I tell it when to upshift or downshift, and I can skip a gear if I wish.

          An automatic is definitely drivable, but a manual teaches you more.

          I don’t see how sub $2000 trucks are elitist. I don’t see how it corresponds to a baker learning agriculture (I’ve also spent my whole life on a farm- I do know how to grow wheat).

          As a web designer, though, a person who can code will usually do much better than a WYSIWYG-only person- even if they use an application such as Adobe’s Dreamweaver.

          Web developers should know a bit of coding. You don’t have to build your car, though. I think that would help the average teen, though. If they spent time and energy on making their car, they’d probably treat it better.

        • 0 avatar

          Ha! You think a “good CVT” is something that exists.

  • avatar

    Derek, Trifecta Tune is around US$300.00. It requires a $150.00 cable to connect to OBD port but I’ll loan you mine. You’ll need it to send in your ecu/tcu file, recieve your inital tune, and send in a data log for final tweaks. The fnal tune is bonkers!

    The heel-n-toe down shifting is a breeze in the Verano 2.0T. Problem is the car is so quiet there is no noise or vibratiion for feedback.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Will a Trifecta Tune void the factory warranty?

      • 0 avatar

        Trifecta Tune will extend your warranty to 10 years/infinity miles, whichever comes first.
        Trifecta Tune will have your Buick out-accelerating Ferarris and out breaking Lambos.
        You will do a figure 8 faster than a Kia and more elegantly than Brian Boitano.
        Trifecta Tune will make you 3 inches taller. And 3 inches longer.
        Trifect Tune will clean your body, clean the shower, and clean all the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.
        Trifecta Tune walks the dog, makes pancakes and does 30 push-ups, all before 7AM.
        Try it on your polio, and get your money back if not completely healed by the next morning.
        In a pinch, a family of four can live on a diet of water and Trifecta Tune for 7 months.
        In short, Trifecta Tune moves like Jagger, dunks like LeBron and stings like a Bumblebee.

      • 0 avatar

        It apparently voids the laws of physics, so I’m going to go with “yes.”

      • 0 avatar

        Not in Transparent mode. You just return it to stock if going in for a visit, which I have not in almost 20,000 miles.

        Vince from Trifecta is an ex-Microsoft employee is the best of anyone.

        • 0 avatar

          Now I’m curious — how do you manage to hit Ctrl+Alt+Del in a Buick?

          • 0 avatar

            If you have the radio on at the “now playing” screen, old down the “config” button until it displays “Test Mode Active”. If you press the info button, it will go thru different screens with raw data. To turn off test mode, go to your “now playing” screen and hold down “config” until it says “Test Mode Inactive”. This only works on JUST the Intellilink system and not the NAV.

            Also if you hold down the black On-Star button, you go into the programing mode.

    • 0 avatar

      Lmao. When/where would you EVER heel n toe a Verano?!?!?!??????

    • 0 avatar

      Does Trifecta employ a mechanical engineer?

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I’m not that big a fan of manual transmissions, but I’m glad the option is there for those that *are* fans. Really, the Cruze is quite a nice car, and the Verano is a noticeable upgrade from that. Both are products I’d consider if I were in the market for a nicely-equipped compact sedan. Ideally, I’d go for the Regal and its svelte continental styling, but there’s a significant price delta between it and the Verano.

  • avatar

    Despite my colleagues above reveling in this stick shift news, this just shows how stupid GM can be. It’s a business, spend the money on something the 99.99% will notice. I suggest reliable ignition switches.

  • avatar

    MT says the manual Verano Turbo is not a good manual:

    “As I said in a previous update, the shifter’s long throws combined
    with the clutch’s vague
    engagement point made for a very
    unsporty driving experience. Also, as
    Christian pointed out in an update, the
    gears for the manual are taller and more
    fuel economy-oriented than the automatic.
    To review, it’s not very fun rowing the
    Verano’s gears, and you’re actually better
    off with the six-speed auto acceleration-wise.
    Those attributes are deal-breakers for most
    enthusiasts. And if this car wasn’t aimed at
    enthusiasts, then who was it made for? …
    If it were my money, I’d choose the no-extra-cost
    six-speed automatic, as there’s simply no fun to
    be had with the manual…the tri-shield brand
    should either offer a manual people will want to drive
    or drop it completely”

  • avatar

    “It will, in fact, be sticking around for 2015”

    They can say it isn’t dead, but if no one buys one, how do you really know? Why don’t we just call it “Weekend at Buick”?

  • avatar

    How many people in the US wake up one day and say: “I want a manual Buick.”

  • avatar

    I never understood the obsession of the automotive blogs and news sites, such as this one, with the Buick products. The biggest problem with Buick is not its product. It’s the brand. I just don’t understand how it can be socially acceptable for a man under 60 or a woman under 50 living outside of China to drive a Buick. Yes, I’d rather drive an Acura that was so unfavorably compared to a Buick, than an actual Buick. Those who want a premium American brand already buy a Cadillac. Buick is just a snooze mobile. Might as well just get a Chevy.

    • 0 avatar

      Motor Trend chose the Verano over the Acura ILX not once but twice! Autoblog had the same results.

      “Put a gun to my head, and I’m driving the Verano off the lot, more for its day-to-day livability than anything else.”

  • avatar
    wang chung

    Here in the US the market for MT is very limited not the case outside, most of the world including developed countries MT still very popular in fact it dominates however, I wonder if the Electric car will do away with MT?
    again referring to the entire world.

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