If you pine for an upscale small car but don’t have the funds to make your Audi or BMW dreams come true, you’ll want to direct your attention to the 2012 Buick Verano. Read on to find out why.
Buick Verano Trims and Features
The Verano is an upscale compact sedan. Serving as Buick’s entry-level vehicle, the Verano is based on the Chevrolet Cruze, though it features a more powerful engine and more refined features. For 2012, the Verano is offered in three trim levels: the base Verano, also known as the Standard Equipment trim, followed by the Convenience Group and the Leather Group trims. Shoppers looking for bargain luxury will want to check out the Verano; base models start at just $22,585 and even the top Leather Group trims are available in the mid-to-upper $20,000 range, depending on extras.
Most of the vehicle options are packaged into the three trim levels, though additional niceties like a power sunroof and navigation can be added to the Convenience and Leather Group trims.
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Buick Verano Performance
Buick has equipped the Verano with a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine that’s worth 180 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission are the only choices available, though this setup helps keep Verano’s fuel economy from plummeting.
Buick Verano Fuel Economy
EPA estimates tag the 2012 Verano at 21/32/25 (city/highway/combined) MPG. Flex fuel (E85) estimates drop numbers to 15/23/18.
Buick Verano Interior Highlights
Comfort and style mix well within Verano’s cabin. Reviews say that the materials are worthy of an entry-level luxury vehicle. Critics are also quick to point out that while it’s classified as a small car, the Verano feels more like a midsize offering. Owners are treated to ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, and front bucket seats that should please most shoppers in the market. Adding the BOSE sound system and heated leather seats should be tempting, especially when considering that you can get these extras for around $26,000. Another plus is the 7” touchscreen that houses Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system- standard on all Verano trims.
Verano also features QuietTuning technology, meant to shelter occupants from outside noise. Reviews tend to waver on just how quiet the cabin is, but all agree that a ride in the Verano is a pleasant experience.
Owners have 14 cubic feet of trunk space to work with.
Buick Verano Safety
Standard safety features for the 2012 Verano include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, and 10 airbags- including both driver and front passenger knee bags. Rear parking sensors come standard on both the Convenience Group and Leather Group Verano trims. Owners also get 6 months of free OnStar emergency services.
In IIHS crash testing, the Verano has earned a 2012 Top Safety Pick due to top scores of ‘Good’ in all three phases (frontal, side, and roof strength tests).
Buick Verano Summary
The Verano is well liked due to its overall refinement. The only thing critics fault is the lack of a more powerful engine option. If you can live with average performance, the 2012 Buick Verano offers entry-level luxury at a very intriguing price. Purchase your Verano, or any member of the Buick lineup without the hassle, at CarWoo!