The Buick Verano is a compact sedan, a premium five passenger front-wheel-drive model introduced in 2012. This vehicle represents the entry point to the upscale Buick line, a model that competes with the Acura TSX, Audi’s A4 and the Lexus IS250. New for 2013 is a turbo edition.
Based on the platform underpinning the Chevrolet Cruze, the Buick Verano has its own sheet metal, a unique interior and is powered by different engines than the Cruze. This vehicle slots in at the base of the Buick line which also includes Regal, LaCrosse and Enclave. In 2013, a small crossover, Encore, will join the Buick line.
Priced from $23,965, the Buick Verano is sold in one trim level with various convenience, leather and premium groups offered. Customers can also choose such options as an engine block heater, an exterior appearance package, a spoiler, all-weather floor mats or a sport pedal kit.
The standard 2.4-liter 16-valve four cylinder engine is rated at 180 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and makes 171 foot-pounds of torque at 4,900 rpm. This model is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Verano Turbo is powered by a 2.0-liter engine and is rated at 250 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 260 foot-pounds of torque at 2,000 rpm. This model is paired with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Verano sits on a 105.7-inch wheelbase and is 183.9 inches long by 71.4 inches wide and is 58.1 inches tall. This vehicle weighs from 3,300 pounds and offers 95 cubic feet of passenger volume. Maximum cargo volume comes in at 14.3 cubic feet. Verano also offers a maximum towing capacity of 1,000 pounds.
The standard engine enables Verano to achieve 21 mpg city, 32 mpg highway. When equipped with the turbocharged engine, this vehicle is rated at 20 mpg city, 31 mpg highway.
This vehicle offers a 15.6-gallon fuel tank for a cruising range of nearly 500 miles. Verano takes regular grade gasoline.
Every Buick Verano comes equipped with an SiriusXM satellite radio audio system, OnStar, a tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows and door locks, front bucket seats with setback pockets, keyless entry and remote vehicle start.
Also included is a theft-deterrent system with an alarm, climate control, front and rear 12-volt power outlets, leather touches and cup holders. On the exterior, Verano offers 18-inch alloy wheels that are set within all-season blackball tires. Daytime running lights, fog lamps and halogen headlamps are standard.
Verano is equipped with 10 standard air bags, stability control, traction control, 4-wheel antilock brakes and rear park assist. Crash-avoidance features such as side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert are also available.