2012 Buick Verano Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Verano is Buick’s new compact sedan that carries Buick design cues including a black chrome waterfall grille, blue translucent projector beam headlights, portholes and chrome accents. Like other Buick models, quiet-tuning systems are incorporates into the structure and materials of the Verano with the goal of creating an exceptionally quiet compact sedan that is even quieter than other larger cars. Inside the Verano aims to be comfortable and refined for a compact with upscale soft-touch materials, leading infotainment and ambient lighting. Verano is initially powered by a 2.4-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder combined with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission and a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine will be offered later. Verano features standard OnStar safety and security technology that includes enhanced emergency, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics and navigation capabilities.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2012 Buick Verano is offered in three trim levels that sound more like option packages, starting with the base model and going up to Convenience Group 2 and Leather Group.
The base Verano standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, cruise control, keyless entry, remote ignition, full power accessories, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, split-folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth (phone and audio streaming), OnStar telematics and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB/iPod interface, an auxiliary audio jack and Buick’s IntelliLink smartphone-connectivity system.
The Convenience Group 2 adds heated sideview mirrors, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a power-adjustable driver seat. The Leather Group adds keyless ignition/entry, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, leather upholstery and a nine-speaker Bose audio upgrade.
Optional are a sunroof and a navigation system; neither one is offered on the base trim level. The Bose audio system is available on supporting trims, as is an Appearance package (chrome grille and rear spoiler).
Powertrains and Performance
The 2012 Buick Verano is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with manual shift control is the only transmission offered.
Standard safety features for the 2012 Buick Verano include front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, rear-seat side airbags, front-seat knee airbags, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control and OnStar. In Edmunds brake testing, the Verano came to a stop from 60 mph in a class-average 122 feet.
Interior Design and Special Features
While the 2012 Buick Verano is classified as a compact vehicle, it feels much more like a midsize. Head- and legroom are plentiful for four adults, though the rear center seat is decidedly less comfortable and is best used in a pinch. Throughout the cabin, materials quality is on par with other entry-level luxury sedans, with plenty of soft-touch surfaces and tightly fitted panels.
Among the available options, the Verano brings a whisper of technology with its IntelliLink system. Pairing with select smartphones, IntelliLink provides for streaming Internet radio like Pandora and Stitcher. Operation of this and other systems is thankfully easy, with well-labeled buttons and controls and a sharp touchscreen that is standard on all Veranos.
The trunk holds a maximum of 15.2 cubic feet of cargo, but that figure can drop to 14 cubes if you opt for the premium audio or tire/inflator kit. It’s certainly spacious for a compact sedan, and is further helped by a lack of wheelwell intrusions or drop-down hinges.
Knowing that the 2012 Buick Verano is based on the economical Chevrolet Cruze might deter some from considering it a luxury car, but the Verano has managed to exorcize some of the demons that plagued the Cruze. Unlike the Cruze, the Verano’s transmission provides smooth and quick gearchanges to suit the driver’s inputs. The steering is also more responsive and precise, with a decent amount of feedback. The main dynamic drawback to the Verano is its underwhelming acceleration; most competing models (particularly those with V6s) are quicker by a fair margin.
2012 Buick Verano Secs :
Engine: 2.4L I4
Power: 180 HP / 171 LB-FT
Transmission: 6-Speed Auto
0-60 Time: 8.6 Seconds
Drivetrain: Front-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: 3,300 LBS
Towing: 1,000 LBS
Seating: 2 + 3
Cargo: 15.2 CU-FT
MPG: 21 City / 31 HWY
2012 Buick Verano Price :
MSRP range : $22,585 – $25,965
Invoice price range : $21,682 – $24,926