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2012 Buick Verano Review

Review Last Updated: 10/9/13

These scores and this review are from when the car was new.

Shoppers in the market for a small luxury car with tons of power probably won’t like the 2012 Buick Verano, but reviewers are positive that shoppers looking for a small car with a comfortable, upscale and quiet interior will love it.

The Buick LaCrosse, Enclave and Regal have changed Buick’s lineup by adding luxury, comfort, style and youthfulness to a brand that used to be thought of as fuddy-duddy. While these models are luxurious, good-looking and solid performers, they won’t satisfy shoppers who want something small. That’s where the 2012 Verano, Buick’s first upscale small car, enters.

The Verano slots below the Regal in Buick’s lineup. Though the Verano is the least expensive Buick, test drivers have found that its quality and high-tech features, comfortable seats and exceptionally quiet cabin make it one of the most refined small cars on the market.

Most reviewers find little fault with the Verano, but one common complaint is directed at performance. The Verano has a four-cylinder engine, which is typical in the class, but reviewers wish it had more power. They’re looking forward to the turbocharged engine that will be available later. That said, test drivers recognize that the Verano isn’t designed for driving enthusiasts, but for shoppers looking for a small car with decent power and a comfortable, upscale interior. In that respect, test drivers think the 2012 Buick Verano is a solid choice.

Other Cars to Consider

Driving enthusiasts should consider the Audi A3, which has a standard turbocharged engine. The A3’s cabin is more cramped than the Verano’s, but its smooth transmissions and tight handling make it a lot more engaging to drive than the Verano. But if you want something that’s even more fun-to-drive and have a lot more money to spend, consider the BMW 1-Series. It has a standard inline six-cylinder engine, and is a top performer in the class.

The Acura TSX has a bit more youthful brand cachet than the Verano, though it does cost more. Like the Verano, it has a lot of standard features, but reviewers don’t think the Acura has the level of refinement the Verano does.

Details: 2012 Buick Verano

The all-new 2012 Verano is Buick’s first luxury small car that comes in 1SD, 1SG and 1SL trims. See the full list of 2012 Buick Verano specs.

  • "The Verano is worth checking out if you're considering a premium sedan with solid engineering and a comfortable demeanor." -- AutoWeek
  • "Yet, even with that mindset, this all-new Buick did so little to draw attention to itself that we found little to complain about. Why? Excessive competence, quiet proficiency, call it what you like, the Verano is loaded with the stuff and it's all within a quiet, solid and attractive Buick shell." -- Edmunds
  • "Driving enthusiasts need not apply, but from just about every other angle, the 2012 Buick Verano makes a pretty compelling argument for itself." -- Autoblog 

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