2012 Buick Verano Road Test 2 Specs | Edmunds

2012 Buick Verano - Road Test Specs

2012 Buick Verano Sedan

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


Year Make Model2012 Buick Verano Leather Group 1SL (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$26,850
Options on test vehicleWhite Diamond Tricoat ($495)
As-tested MSRP$27,345
Assembly locationOrion Township, MI
North American parts content (%)67


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected, inline-4, flex-fuel
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,384cc (145 cu-in)
Block/head materialCast aluminum/cast aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.2
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,700
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 ratios (x:1)1st = 4.58; 2nd = 2.96; 3rd = 1.91; 4th = 1.45; 5th = 1.00; 6th = 0.75
Final-drive ratio (x:1)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 make and modelContinental ContiPro Contact
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire sizeP235/45R18 (94H)
Wheel size18-by-8.0 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
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.6
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.2
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.7
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)13.9
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.9 @ 83.6
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)122
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.6
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON64.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.84
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.80
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.8
@ Full throttle (dB)69.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.1
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,250

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 commentsModerate-to-mild dive, medium-firm pedal, intuitive jump-in, zero fade or odor, straight and steady across four stops.
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/counter-clockwise 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

Test date10/18/2011
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)76.38
Relative humidity (%)47.44
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.88
Wind (mph, direction)4.3 headwind
Odometer (mi.)2,216
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)30/32

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
Driving range (mi.)465

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionStandard Bose premium AM/FM/SiriusXM stereo with MP3 CD player, nine speakers, 7-channel digital amplifier, and 7-inch touch screen display
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack
Satellite radioStandard SiriusXM (3 months free)
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard with streaming audio
Navigation systemOptional SD with traffic
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard OnStar (6 months trial subscription)
Smart entry/StartStandard ignition doors trunk/hatch
Parking aidsStandard parking sonar rear
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard

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
Step-in height, measured (in.)14.9
Trunk volume (cu-ft)15.2 (with tire inflator kit and without Bose premium audio); 14.3 (with spare tire/jack kit and without Bose premium audio); 14.0 (with spare tire/jack kit and Bose premium audio)
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)29.1
GVWR (lbs.)4,371
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)1,000


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

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