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2012 Buick Verano

  • 2012 Buick Verano Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      180/171
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $22,585
  • 2012 Buick Verano Convenience Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      180/171
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $23,785
  • 2012 Buick Verano Leather Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      180/171
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $25,965
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2012 Buick Verano Review

Nice, but no Audi or Lexus

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Overview
The 2012 Buick Verano is Buick's newest model, which makes its debut in 2012. In an attempt to expand its brand, Buick has been rolling out new models, as the Verano is their third new model in the past two years, but the first compact luxury vehicle.

The Buick Verano can be summed up with two words; luxury and technology. It comes equipped with 10 air bags, an optional heated steering wheel, and a radio system that features OnStar connectivity. This luxurious vehicle is powered by an Ecotec 2.4-liter engine that produces 177-horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. Buick has announced a 2.0-liter engine will be offered in the future.

Although luxurious, the 2012 Buick Verano does have a sporty profile. It features a black chrome grille, blue translucent projector-beam headlights, potholes, and chrome accents. The interior has a softer side, equipped with soft-touch materials and premium leather. This is all complimented by the Verano's ambient lighting and leading-edge infotainment.

Technology is a clear strong-suit of the Buick Verano, featuring devices such as an electronic parking brake, push button engine-start, and a heated steering wheel that activates automatically in temperatures below 45 degrees. This all-new Buick is sure to be tested in a compact luxury market that includes the Audi A3 and Lexus IS 250.

EPA Fuel Economy

Verano: 22 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Luxurious interior
  • Sleek exterior design
  • Quiet Interior
  • Technology

You Won't Like

  • Lack of Power
  • The non-premium brand

Sum Up

Nice, but no Audi or Lexus

The Range

Body Styles: Sedan
Engines: 2.4L, I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: Buick Verano

What's New

The 2012 Buick Verano is entirely new. This compact features a quite luxurious interior while the exterior has a sporty feel, starting with its chrome grille and accents. It runs on a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. The Verano also features numerous technology features including a touch-screen navigation system and a heated steering wheel. It is also equipped with 10 airbags and On Star that features automatic crash response.

Exterior

The 2012 Buick Verano is a continuation of the modern Buick design, as seen on the LaCrosse and Regal. This includes a detailed waterfall chrome grille, potholes, and chrome accents. The arching roofline connects with the sleek windshield that gives the car a sportier look. The 17-inch standard multi-spoke forged alloy sterling-silver finish wheels compliment the Verano's sculptural design. Very noticeable in the dark night are the translucent blue projector-beam headlamps.

Interior

The 2012 Buick Verano features a luxurious interior. It's equipped with soft-touch materials and premium leather seats. You also have the option between metallic and wood trims, which really stand out in the ambient lighting. The interior can be neutral or titanium colors with the leatherette/fabric surfaces, while ebony, cashmere and Choccachino are available for the leather surfaces. The headliner is made with a type of knit designed to keep the interior quiet.

Performance & Handling

Powering the 2012 Buick Verano is a 2.4-liter, four- cylinder engine producing 177-horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. It uses a direct injection technology that produces more power while using less fuel. This compact vehicle accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.0 sec, rather slow compared to the A3's 6.7 sec. sprint to 60 mph. The Verano also features electric power steering and a more efficient six-speed transmission.

Safety

The 2012 Buick Verano is equipped with 10 airbags; frontal, head curtain side, front and outboard rear-seat side-impact, and new knee airbags. It also features collapsible pedals that allows the pedals to detach during a crash to prevent leg or ankle injuries. OnStar is also included, with automatic crash response. The Verano has a high-strength body structure that incorporates 60 percent high strength steel in key areas to enhance crash protection.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Audi A3
  • Lexus IS 250

See the New 2015 Verano.

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