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2012 Buick Verano Leather

2012 Buick Verano Review

(0 Stars)  Buick's Euro-flavored mid-size: mild, medium, or extra spicy.

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Overview
The need for better fuel economy is pressuring every carmaker, including luxury brands. Thus, it's not too surprising that Buick is introducing its smallest model since the late, unlamented Skylark departed years ago. The Verano, which is available only as a four-door sedan, slots in below the Regal in Buick's lineup. Much has been made of the fact that the Verano is a sibling to the Chevy Cruze, but in fairness, GM has done a lot more to differentiate these siblings than it has with past models. Exterior styling changes go much further than the nose and taillights, extending to the sheetmetal and the glass area. Inside, the Verano gets exclusive dashboard and door panel designs, higher-grade materials, and wood trim. Leather is available, as are a heated steering wheel, a touch-screen navigation system, and keyless ignition. Although the Buick is 2.9 inches longer than the Cruze overall, it rides on the same 105.7-inch wheelbase, and the two cars have similar interior room and trunk space. Buick talks much about the Verano's extensive sound deadening, but the biggest differentiation is under the hood. The Verano's 2.4-liter engine is significantly larger than the Cruze's 1.4-liter and 1.8-liter units, and the Buick's 180 hp is substantially more than the 138 hp cranked out by both Chevy engines. The flip side is that the Buick's 22/31 mpg ratings (preliminary estimates) are significantly lower than the Cruze's. Also unlike the Cruze, the Verano offers an automatic transmission only. A manual may be added when the turbocharged four-cylinder arrives later in 2012.

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2012 Verano Leather Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.4L Ecotec in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder
E85 / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 15 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 270 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
15.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 180 hp @ 6,700 rpm; 171 ft lb of torque @ 4,900 rpm
Secondary fuel economy:

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'12 Buick Leather Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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