Go

2012 Buick Verano

Overview
Share this page
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2012 Buick Verano Review

By

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 New for 2012

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

Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2012 Buick Verano Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 81 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Love my Buicks.....

By on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very quiet, Comfortable, and reliable"

Cons: "None so far."

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

"I purchased this car back in 2012. I have had NO problems with it at all. Went to Florida this past February and at one point I hit 40 mpg. For the most part though, I usually get about 31-33 mpg on the highway and 26-28 in city. I love this car. Its quiet, comfortable and reliable. This is not your grandfathers Buick!!!!"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

The dealership really cares

By on Monday, May 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Heated seat and steeringwheel"

Cons: "windows are accidently pushed down easily"

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

"First day I drove home in my Buick the battery died and I was stranded at a restaurant. I had work the next day and was worried I would have a problem making it. It was at 6 pm and the dealership repair shop was closing. I got a hold of one of the repair people and he came out and charged the battery so I could get back to the dealership. I was given a curtesy car and the battery was replaced the next day. Other than that I have not had any problems and I have owned the car for 3 months now. It was a lease return that I purchased."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

IT REPLACED A 2004 BUICK CENTURY SEDAN

By on Friday, April 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "I GOT A GREAT PRICE ON THIS CAR."

Cons: "MINE HAS CUP HOLDERS AND IS FUN TO DRIVE."

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

"I BOUGHT THIS CAR TO REPLACE A 2004 CENTURY SEDAN THAT WAS AN EXCELLENT CAR. I HAVE NOT HAD TO RETURN IT TO THE DEALER FOR WARRANTY WORK, ONLY FOR OIL CHANGES AND OTHER SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best of the best

By on Monday, April 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,200

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: "Everything in the car"

Cons: "No Cons yet in 10000 miles"

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

"I have put 10000 miles on my verano convenience Pkg version of this car. As many others have already said this is an awesome car. Great ride, Handling, I find the performance just fine for a 4 cyl., seating is comfortable and trunk space is great for a compact car. I am single and at most I would usually only use the two front seats but I have sat in the back and it is comfortable for most local driving trips and I am 6 ft. tall. If you want a great car you will absolutely never want to part with then this is the car to buy. I get so many compliments on the exterior styling too"

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great car that feels midsize

By on Friday, April 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quiet, comfortable, hi tech, dependable, stylish"

Cons: "The combined mileage rating of 25 is way too low"

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

"I have owned this car for over two years now and enjoy it's comfort and conveniences. It has required no service other than oil changes and everything works as intended. The driver confidence package should be standard and offers rear and side and frontal warnings and useful every time I drive it. The combined overall mileage since delivery is 31.5, way more than it is rated."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Really awesome car among my possession of 20 cars

By on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quiet, composing, nimble drive with comfort"

Cons: "Shiftingshock, not ever working blindspot warning"

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

"I had to trade in 2009 BMW X5 3.0D which was trouble maker for last three months. I had never known VERANO before and never had test drive. But now after 28000 miles on it, Verano has been surprise which has awesome features such as ultra quiet running, comfortable seats, nimble handling, big trunk, and useful features ( especially backup camera, crash warning, battery current check, high quality bluetooth, exterior design, interior finish and traction control) Down side is shifting shock in slow acceleration from 1st to 2nd gear. Even compared to BMW, most features of Verano are much better than 3 series, almost equal to 5 or X5. Why do we have to pay double price for the German badges. Drive Verano, you feel different world."

12 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Share this page
Advertisement
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

Advertisement