Summary, Prices, Specs

By December 8, 2011


The Buick Verano gets top scores for styling, transmission, cornering, comfort, engine and interior. Price and fuel economy make it a winner. We recommend considering it when shopping for a premium compact, such as a Lexus IS or Volvo S40.

Sam Moses filed this report to after his test drive near Portland, Oregon.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Buick Verano 1SD ($22,585), Verano 1SG ($23,785), and 1SL ($26,000)
Engines:180-hp 2.4-liter inline-4
Transmissions:6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):10 airbags, electronic stability control, tire-pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, OnStar
Safety equipment (optional):N/A
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Buick Verano 1SL ($26,000)
Standard equipment:leather upholstery, dual automatic climate control, 6-way power driver's seat, 7-inch display screen, Bose sound system, Bluetooth, OnStar, remote keyless entry, pushbutton start, heated mirrors, rear park assist, heated leatherette steering wheel, foglamps, alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$885
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$26850
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.4-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):180 @ 6700
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):171 @ 4900
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:21/31 mpg
Wheelbase:105.7 in.
Length/width/height:183.9/71.4/58.4 in.
Track, f/r:60.7/61.3 in.
Turning circle:36.0 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.3/53.7/42.0 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.8/51.9/33.9 in.
Cargo volume:14.0 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:1000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent MacPherson strut
Suspension, r:torsion bar, Z-link
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:3300 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:15.6 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of December 8, 2011.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-553-6000 -