Downsizing, but certainly not going downmarket, Buick’s 2012 Verano compact sedan radiates with luxury and class. Sharing its platform and general dimensions with the Chevrolet Cruze, the Verano distinguishes itself though a not only a more powerful 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (up more than 40 horsepower versus the Cruze), but also an upscale interior that punches well above its class. A more powerful turbocharged version will come later, though power numbers aren’t yet available.
With the Verano, quiet seems to be the name of the game. Quiet Tuning. Quiet Steel. Thicker laminated glass. Buick engineers want to carry drivers away from the daily grind into a much more pleasant atmosphere.
And the Verano is about as pleasant as it gets. With soft blue accent lighting on the forward-swept dashboard, gauges, and in the crevices, the ambiance feels inviting. Available ebony-, cashmere- or choccachino-colored leather adorns the interior, and five layers of noise-reducing materials come between you and the steel roof of the car just to keep excess noise at bay. Additionally, wood trim straddles the center console and is also present on the door panels, allowing the Verano to shine in the details.
Other features include Bluetooth compatibility, voice-activated smartphone controls, a pushbutton starter, and automatic climate control. All of it is expected to start in the low to mid $20,000 price range.
In Spanish, the word “verano” means summer. Could you see yourself warming up to a car like the 2012 Buick Verano, or does this compact luxury sedan give you cold feet?