Just picked this car up yesterday for the little lady. So far this car exceeds all expectations. Rides as quiet as a library, holds road tight and looks like mpg beats out what I expected. Interior is what sold me on this car. Comes with combination of fabric and leatherette ( looks like leather at first) Intellimark Radio with voice recognition is remarkable. Takes a bit to understand all but well worth it. Fit and finish looks good, 18" wheels, nice touch for base model. Only downside was is that seats are manual unless you upgrade to next level. Exterior looks like a mini Regal which I feel is an elegant car too. Car based on Cruze platform which I rented but does not come close GM nice !
We recently purchased a Buick Verano 2012 in January we previously had a 2008 Infiniti G . We are very pleased with the Verano it actually has a quiter and more comfortable ride than the G it is comparable in size and about 12000 dollars cheaper.
I traded my beloved '08 Saturn Aura XR for a beautifully loaded Verano 1SL about a week ago & I am more than pleased. Today I took her out for a 481 mile daylong road trip that got me 33.3 MPG and that's just the beginning. The smoothness & quietness of the ride alone could take up another column. The 2.4L DOHC has not been lacking in power & has surprisingly proven itself more than capable both in city & on the hwy. This Verano is beautifully built inside & out from the flowing lines & curves of the body to the thoughtful comfort & design of the interior. Buick did this one right. I had originally wanted a LaCrosse & thought that the Verano would be a major step down. I was wrong.
I've been driving my Verano for almost a month. I immediatley drove down Topanga Cyn Blvd. to Malibu Beach. If you aren't familiar with the area... It's a windy road that passes through mountain terrain and ends at the California coast. The Verano handled every turn with ease. I could definitely tell that this vehicle was designed in Europe (from Opel). I was surpised how sturdy and quiet the interior felt through out the ride. When my friends see the interior, they can't believe its a Buick. The build quality, and the quality of the materials used is probably above most if not all in its class.
I bought a 2012 Verano base with 11k to drive back and forth to work and I must say I have been very pleased. First, the front seats have tons of room, which is hard to find for someone my size. I am about 6'2'' and weigh 400lbs and I have plenty of room with the only exception being the floorboard area not having much extra space for my feet. I have noticed some reviews saying they get poor gas mileage and I con't see how thats possible. I am averaging 29.9 mpg with about 25% city driving and I am what you would call a "lead footed" driver. Plus my weight doesn't help gas mileage at all and I have been able to average 32.5 mpg driving on country roads.
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
180 @ 6,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
171 @ 4,900
Six-speed automatic with console shifter and manual mode
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.58; II = 2.96; III = 1.91; IV = 1.45; V = 1.00; VI = 0.75; FD = 3.23
There's almost a full second to be gained with pedal overlap and a wisp of wheelspin. Either way, the Verano doesn't sound overtaxed or sluggish, shifts smoothly/precisely at redline with every upchange, no head toss, no flat spots in rev range, well-spaced gear ratios. This is a completely acceptable level of performance for a compact car, especially one with an inline-4, and a good one at that. This is not a consolation prize at all.
Moderate-to-mild dive, medium-firm pedal, intuitive jump-in, zero fade or odor, straight and steady across four stops.
Skid pad: Crystal-clear steering without unnecessary faux weight/resistance. Mostly neutral attitude right up to the point of mild understeer. Remarkably similar clockwise/counterclockwise times -- that's unusual. With ESC on, slight (almost imperceptible) throttle closure just before understeer begins. Slalom: No on-center dead spot at all, crisp turn-in, immediate yaw response without the rear threatening to step out, little body roll, really good in transition with trustworthy grip and only a little ability to rotate off-throttle. If the car had a little more power, I could probably make it go just a bit quicker from cone four to six where I was already at wide-open throttle. In both skid pad and slalom, the ESC showed very little intrusion unless I yanked the steering wheel abruptly, then it would apply a brake rather abruptly. When it did intervene, it quickly returned control back to the driver. Good ESC tuning.