2012 Buick Verano Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Buick Verano - Road Test Specs

2012 Buick Verano Sedan

(2.4L 4-cyl. FFV 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2012
ModelVerano Leather Group
Style4dr sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$26,850
Options on test vehicleWhite Diamond Tricoat ($495)
As-tested MSRP$27,345


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected inline-4, flex-fuel
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,384/145
Block/head materialCast aluminum/cast aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.2
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)180 @ 6,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)171 @ 4,900
Fuel typeFlex fuel (E85 or 87-octane)
Transmission typeSix-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


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, watts link
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.5
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelConti ProContact
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP235/45R18 94H
Tire size, rearP235/45R18 94H
Wheel size18-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast-aluminum alloy
Brakes, front11.8-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.5-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.0
0-45 mph (sec.)5.5
0-60 mph (sec.)9.0
0-75 mph (sec.)13.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.5 @ 84.5
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)122
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.84
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.8
@ Full throttle (dB)69.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThere'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.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsModerate-to-mild dive, medium-firm pedal, intuitive jump-in, zero fade or odor, straight and steady across four stops.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid 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.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)76.4
Relative humidity (%)47.4
Wind (mph, direction)4.3 headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 city/31 highway/26 combined (preliminary estimates)
Edmunds observed (mpg)17 worst/27 best/20 average (over 487 miles)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,300
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,431
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)62/38
Length (in.)183.9
Width (in.)71.5
Height (in.)58.4
Wheelbase (in.)105.7
Track, front (in.)60.7
Track, rear (in.)61.3
Turning circle (ft.)36.0
Legroom, front (in.)42.1
Legroom, rear (in.)33.9
Headroom, front (in.)38.3
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.1
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.8
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)14.3


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard, front
Head airbagsStandard
Knee airbagsStandard, driver
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake force distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard

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