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Avg. Price Paid: $15,943 - $17,004
Original MSRP: $22,585 - $25,965
MPG: 21 City / 32 Hwy
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2012 Buick Verano Interior

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The 2012 Buick Verano won’t seat three adults comfortably in the rear seats, but test drivers don’t mind because they think everything else about the cabin is great. There are a lot of standard features, the front seats are comfortable and the cabin is well-made. Best of all, the Verano’s quiet ride adds to its premium atmosphere.

  • "Roughly the same dimensions as the Chevrolet Cruze, it has an interior that feels anything but small, and in the case of this Buick, anything but bland." -- Left Lane News
  • "Five tuned chambers subdue the engine's induction roar. As a result, the Verano goes beyond library quiet to achieve the peace and tranquillity of a vacant coal mine." -- Car and Driver
  • "All together the noise reduction features reduce sound levels when compared to the Cruze, but not by much." -- Edmunds
  • "Everything else about the Verano is up to the renewed Buick standard. The optional leather seats are as good as anything in GM's line, including Cadillacs, with perhaps the supplest front headrests in the business." -- Motor Trend

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Seating

As with most small cars, reviewers find that the Buick is more comfortable up front than in the back. There is plenty of front-seat leg- and headroom, but two adults who sit in the rear seats won’t want to squish someone in between. Faux-leather seats are standard, but one reviewer finds that the Verano’s optional leather seats are just as nice as the ones found in Cadillac models. A lot of test drivers mention the Verano’s quiet cabin, though a few say it is just a notch above average. One, however, calls it a vault, meaning that riding in the Verano is a quiet, relaxing experience.

  • "The seats offered great support, even though they could stand deeper bolstering." -- Left Lane News
  • "As such, the Verano feels much more like a midsizer. It's especially apparent up front where there's plenty of knee room thanks to the design of the center stack and dashboard. The headroom is generous, too, and even the door pockets are big. … The rear bucket seats provide ample leg-, shoulder- and headroom for two across, but this isn't much of a five-passenger sedan. The inelegantly stowed rear armrest does not make a comfortable seatback and there's no head restraint for the hump rider either." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2012 Buick Verano comes standard with automatic climate control and steering-wheel mounted radio controls. A 7-inch touch-screen radio display with IntelliLink is also standard. With IntelliLink, you can use Bluetooth or USB to connect your smartphone to the radio to stream Internet radio services like Pandora or Stitcher SmartRadio. Other optional features include satellite radio and a Bose sound system.

Reviewers say that interior quality is good, and are impressed that the Verano’s touch screen is attractive and easy to use, both with and without optional navigation.

  • "Unlike the current Buick Regal, which serves up a visually and ergonomically challenging center stack, the Verano's is logical and well labeled while offering a crisp, color touchscreen (even without the optional navigation system)." -- Edmunds
  • "By itself, the gauge layout is simplistic, offering speedometer, tachometer, fuel and water temperature gauges." -- Left Lane News
  • "Inside the cabin, the Buick makes a decent impression thanks to inviting color combinations. We're liking the two-tone appeal of the Cruze interior shown below as well as the Verano while the TSX, again, has a more modern feel." -- Motor Trend
  • "With the exception of the oddly located start/stop button just below the touchscreen (leaving a strange growth on the side of the steering column on vehicles without it), everything seems logically placed." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The Verano has a maximum cargo capacity of 15.2 cubic feet if you don’t select the tire inflator kit or Bose stereo. With these features, trunk space decreases to about 14 cubic feet. Either way, test drivers find that the available space is good for the class.

  • "For a compact car, this is healthy size. The back seat has a decent amount of space for an average-build adult, and the trunk is borderline cavernous for this class of car." -- AutoWeek
  • "Trunk space is generous and ranges between 14 and 15.2 cubic feet depending on whether or not you get the premium audio upgrade and/or tire inflator kit." -- Edmunds

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