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2012 Buick Verano

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2012 Buick Verano Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

The 2012 Buick Verano is a compact near-luxury sedan that shares its core architecture with the Chevy Cruze. For some, mentioning Cruze and Verano in the same sentence dredges up haunting memories of GM"s "badge engineering" era; a dark period where subpar cars were shared among countless GM brands, distinguished only by grilles, trim and other superficial details. Thankfully, times have changed, as the Verano is distinctly delineated inside and out from its compact platform mate. For a comparatively modest price the 2012 Buick Verano offers much of the luxury, technology and comfort found in other entry-luxury vehicles, making it an appealing option in this era of inconspicuous indulgence.

You'll Like This Car If...

You might like the 2012 Buick Verano if you're a young professional looking for a new car to reward your success without substantially increasing your debt. The 2012 Verano might also appeal to current luxury-car owners who want to downsize without giving up all the comforts to which they've grown accustomed.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you think a luxury sedan is incomplete without a cavernous interior you may not like the Buick Verano. Along with compact exterior dimensions come reduced interior dimensions, a reality most apparent in the rear seats. If you require a spacious cabin the roomier Buick Regal is worth a look.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2012 Buick Verano represents yet another mile-marker on Buick's path to relevancy. Coming to market with youthful looks and a starting price around $23,500, the Verano stands a good chance of wooing younger buyers who might not have considered a Buick in years past

Driving the Verano

Driving Impressions On paper the Buick Verano's non-independent torsion-beam rear suspension seems a bit low-brow for a Buick, even with its stabilizing Watt's-link setup. However, on the road, the Verano's suspension works...

just fine, gracefully absorbing surface imperfections without that floaty feeling familiar in Buicks of the past. Along with a smooth ride we enjoyed the vehicle's fluid, responsive steering, a noteworthy achievement considering the Verano uses an efficiency-enhancing electric power steering system, which in many cars results in artificial steering feel. With a 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission, acceleration in the Buick Verano is acceptable, though we're guessing the upcoming turbocharged engine might encourage us to change that "acceptable" to "great." In current form we wouldn't describe the 2012 Buick Verano as a sports sedan but it does provide the kind of comfortable and capable driving we think entry-luxury buyers will appreciate.

Quiet Tuning
Buick makes a big deal out of its efforts to reduce interior noise, collectively labeled Quiet Tuning - and rightly so. The 2012 Verano features an impeccably-quiet cabin that will no doubt elevate occupant comfort and perceived vehicle quality.

Buick IntelliLink
Younger buyers love their connectivity and Buick knows it. That's why Buick equips all 2012 Veranos with IntelliLink, a system that lets the driver control the smart phone through a standard 7-inch touch-screen display. The system not only enables hands-free calling, but also stream music and podcasts from Internet audio services, including Pandora and Stitcher.

2012 Buick Verano Details
2012 Buick Verano photo Interior

In look and feel the Verano's cabin channels the essence of its larger sibling the Buick LaCrosse. Like the LaCrosse, the smaller Verano features an interior outfitted in high quality materials and rich colors, with comfortable seats and an artfully drawn dash that flows gracefully into the doors. Less pleasing is the layout of the instrument panel, which features a confusing array of similar looking buttons, a fault partially countered by the bright, easy-to-use and intuitively-arranged 7-inch touch-screen interface that controls the audio system. Front-seat passenger space and trunk space are both good for a vehicle of the Verano's size but rear-seat leg room is tight, making it less than ideal for larger occupants.

Exterior
2012 Buick Verano photo

The Buick Verano shares its fundamental architecture with the Chevy Cruze but that's a fact largely obscured by the Verano's unique styling. With an athletic and tasteful exterior the Verano projects an appropriately-premium on-road aura, in spite of its compact dimensions. Standout details include standard 18-inch wheels, a tasteful body line that dips toward the front of the car and technologically-appearing headlights with stylishly-subtle blue iris-like projectors.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Some of the standard features offered on the 2012 Buick Verano include leatherette-trimmed seating, automatic climate control, an electronic parking brake, steering wheel audio and cruise controls and remote engine start. Among the roster of standard safety features are stability control, traction control, OnStar with stolen vehicle location and automatic crash notification, and a whopping 10 airbags, including front- passenger knee airbags and rear-seat side-impact airbags.

Optional Equipment

The 2012 Buick Verano's option list includes a heated steering wheel, heated seats, navigation, a nine-speaker premium Bose audio system, moonroof, premium 18-inch wheels and leather-trimmed interiors available in Ebony, Cashmere and the tasty-sounding Choccachino themes. Keyless push-button engine start is also available, though we would prefer the button be placed in the typical ignition location rather than next to the radio controls on the dash.

Under the Hood

In its first model year the 2012 Buick Verano comes with one engine, a 180-horsepower 4-cylinder matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission. A more powerful turbocharged model is on the horizon but, for now, the current engine provides acceptable performance - at least for those who accept 0-to-60-mph acceleration in the mid 8-second range. Among compact sedans the Verano's highway fuel economy of 31 mpg is below average, especially in light of the larger Buick Regal's 36-mpg highway economy. The Regal's superior efficiency is due in large part to its mild-hybrid E-Assist powertrain, a technology we hope is applied to the Verano in the future.

2.4-liter in-line 4
180 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
171 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/32

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2012 Buick Verano Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 61 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Bought may 2nd ,

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "alot bells and whisltes, comfotable,fits in garage"

Cons: "extirior walls thin"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"have 800 miles on it and the car has a lot of bells and whistles. Fun to drive, very comfortable, little small for passengers but nice for 2 people. Has a phone in dash, Sirius, on star, ignition start when your outside and car is locked! Has a lot more little gadgets that are cool! Buick gave me an outstanding deal! Go to dealership and bargain them to death. Walk away , they will call with a better price. Good luck! Fun car, AMERAICAM MADE !!!!! AMERICAN NAME!!!! BUICK!"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best I've ever owned

By on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great ride, priced right and a pleasuer to drive."

Cons: "A little better gas mileage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great ride and handling-- seats and interior appointments very tasteful and well done. Love the heated seats and instrument panel lay out--Quiet cabin, low engine noise and plenty of get up and go."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

good car, small but comfortable

By on Sunday, May 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "good ride, good mileage, good looks but overpriced"

Cons: "hard to get in and out. Heat and cooling systems."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"The car has a problem with the heating/cooling system not yet resolved. It is an overpriced small car. Comfortable when driving, economy is good but hard to enter and exit."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Give American cars their due!!!!

By on Thursday, April 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,230

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Many different reasons."

Cons: "larger reat seat room."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"You know I get sick & tired of the ragging towards domestic cars vs imports. I know the ratings for all Asian cars can't be touched. The European market also gets it's share. Let's take into consideration that Asian are not the same Asian as when they first hit the American market.Granted the Toyota Corona not the Corolla for those too young to know the difference was a simple vehicle that you could literally drive into the ground, and that was true UNTIL they totally understood the American way of doing things. Now when you see 12-16 bays at the various dealerships it's not all for oil changes. Now to the European side of things I have in my lifetime owned 2 German,and 1 English. I must admit my 68 Karmann Ghia ragtop was truly a great, great car, however the rest are over priced to maintain and repair.I remember the radiator cap for the 73 Audi was over $14 and the same for a Chevy was $6. So I guess if you have the cake to spend on these luxury wheels it's acceptable to overspend. We just purchased a left over 2014 Buick Verano Base. It was a 14 leftover and we got it for $16,990. We are very pleased with this vehicle, just keep in mind it's not trying to be a Beemer or Lexus. For the price point we're happy. We had also owned 4 Saturns and still own a 2008 Vue with 47,000 miles. ( sorry they stopped making them. The Buick rides great, the 2.4 ltr gets bashed by domestic car critics. I feel it's very capable in handling the highway approach situations. It's comfortable in the front, however the rear seating is about right for people under 6 feet. The vehicle came with most of the equipment that the more expensive trims that go with a Verano. The car still has remote start, backup camera, blue tooth, 6 speed auto with 6 speed manual and other features that are too many to list in this review. So, if you feel foreign is the only way to go that's OK, however, America has come a long, long way in the production of smaller to medium sized rides. We were and still are the makers of the best luxury cars and I feel no one will ever dethrone us."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

White Diamond Turbo Verano

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quiet cabin,ride,safety,price,fit and finish, NVH"

Cons: "Rear seat legroom, to many buttons on the dash"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My wife and I wanted a medium size car to take some trips in and it had to be quiet and comfortable. The front has enough room and the seats are very soft,car feels very solid and corners and rides very smooth. The back seats are comfy but the legroom is cramped, but we did not want to go bigger. Its a mid-size car and the value for the money is fantastic! Buick and GM did a great job with this car and the safety equipment is phenomenal! Love this ride!"

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Good looking car

By on Monday, March 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "perfect price range with all the safety available"

Cons: "passenger seat isn't powered ?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Car is complete, no issues from day I bought it ! Has heated steering wheel and seats for the winter. Nice midsize car"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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