Buick Verano Turbo Rated At 20/31 MPG

By Blake Z. Rong | August 01, 2012
The Verano Turbo should liven up the compact Buick's lineup nicely when it debuts in October. But for now, its official EPA mileage ratings are out: it nets 20 miles per gallon in city driving, 31 on the freeway, and a combined mileage of 24 mpg. That's only a drop of 1 mpg, across the board, than the 2.4-liter engine's 21/32/25 mpg city/highway/combined rating. That Ecotec engine produces 180 horsepower with such niceties as direct injection and variable valve timing. By contrast, the 2.0-liter turbo engine in its Verano Turbo namesake produces 250 horsepower, and it's derived from the Buick Regal GS. In that far larger vehicle, it produces almost exactly the same figures: 20/32 city and highway.
So. Considerably more power, and a mile less in fuel consumption. That's not too shabby for the Buick Verano Turbo, which will probably start somewhere north of the mid-20s when it's introduced in a couple months. By contrast, the base Verano isĀ $23,470, plus an $885 destination charge. Americans still aren't used to the idea of a small luxury car, but Buick's banking on turbocharged motivation to open some wallets. Source: Fueleconomy.gov