Buick Verano Origins
So far, only one model of the Verano has been released. With no track record, it is hard to say how the Verano will perform over time, but if looks count for anything, the Verano is likely to perform well in the future.About the Buick Verano
The Buick Verano is best known as the first compact, small car from the Buick brand in more than a decade. The sleek design of the vehicle is enough to whet the appetite of even the most staunch luxury car owner. The safety features, fuel economy, efficiency, and technology make this car a tight little package.Buick Verano Features
The 2012 model of the Verano is chock-full of features. Three different packages are available: the standard, convenience group, and leather group.
The standard Verano runs on a 2.4-liter Ecotec DOHC four-cylinder engine. The Ecotec engine has an aluminum block and head, making it lighter. But a light engine doesn’t mean less power; the Ecotec on the Verano has an output of 180 horsepower. Variable valve timing makes it more efficient as well. All Verano options contain this engine, as well as a six-speed automatic transmission and the StabiliTrak stability control system. The StabiliTrak system detects and prevents the car from skidding during fast maneuvers by applying brakes to key areas.
The base model includes satellite radio, OnStar customer assistance, a remote vehicle starter, steering wheel controls, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Convenience and Leather groups boast even fancier features. A rear park assist is included with both options, a feature that the base model lacks. The rest is flash: heated mirrors, a rearview auto dimming mirror, and a six-way power seat adjuster make your ride a bit more comfortable. The Leather group even includes a heated steering wheel, extra trim, heated front seats, and a keyless push button start. Keyless FOB entry is also available on the Leather group, which allows the vehicle to detect your approach, unlock, and start the car without you even holding a key. Bose Premium speakers, optional with the other groups, are included standard with the Leather group.
Fuel efficiency is fairly impressive. The Verano will run 21/32 mpg city/highway on a 15.6 gallon tank. An engine block heater for those cold winter months is available as an option on all three models.
The safety options on the vehicle are also well stocked. All groups include crash response, airbags, stolen vehicle assistance, OnStar emergency services, and a tire pressure monitor in the computer. All models have four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes as well.
The trunk offers 14.3 cubic feet of extra space. The car itself is quite compact, measuring about 184 inches from front to tail. Yet all versions seat five passengers.
The ride in the Verano is as smooth as silk. Unfortunately, when the engine revs from 4000 to 5000 rpm, the action gets a bit choppy from the engine.
The ride is quiet, however. The car is fitted with an isolated engine block, insulated doors, and a panel at the base of the vehicle that absorbs ambient noise as the tires run along the pavement.
The base model of the 2012 starts at $22,585.Buick Verano Evolution
Two models of the Buick Verano have been released, one in 2011 and the 2012 model. The 2011 model was only sold for two months, in November and December of 2011. The GM sales report documents 265 vehicles sold in 2011.
If you want a flashy new car model that not only gets you where you’re going but gets you there in style, the Verano is a good choice. The price sure is right. If you happen to be looking for a high-performance sport vehicle with a luxurious package, however, you’re better off looking at different models in the same category. Buick is planning to upgrade the Verano's engine in the future to an available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, producing 220 horsepower. That can't come quickly enough.