2012 Buick Verano

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2012 Buick Verano – Car Review by Lauren Fix, The Car Coach

The new 2012 Buick Verano is the newest modern, luxury sedan. It’s a new name and new design – Verano is Spanish for “summer.” Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, takes a closer look.

Make/ Model: 2012 Buick Verano

MPG: 21 city/ 32 hwy mpg
Engine: 2.4 Liter Eco-Tech flex-fuel engine – 180 hp. / 170 torque
– 6 speed Auto transmission
Price: starts: at $24,000

Standard Features:

•Bluetooth / iPod input
•10 Side/ Curtain Airbags
•Electronic Stability Control
•Traction Control
•Panic brake assist
•OnStar and Satellite radio

Options:

•Navigation System
•Heated steering wheel and seats
•7″ color screen – IntelliLink system (includes: Nuance voice activation)
•Bose Sounds with 9 speakers, Pandora, and Stitcher

The 2012 Buick Verano is the smallest Buick in the vehicle line-up with the latest in luxury and conveniences. The sculpted, contemporary exterior has chrome headlamp trims with blue circles, a waterfall grill, and chrome accents.

The Verano’s interior presents soft-touch materials, cloth wraps, ambient lighting, leather seats, and cool or warm interior design options. The seats are very comfortable and designed with pressure mapping for maximum comfort on long rides.

Quiet tuning allows for a luxurious ride with minimal road noise inside, eliminating all distractions from the amazing sound system.

The new suspension softens the ride so that steering and ride comfort are balanced.
Precise steering with direct steering wheel feedback, torsion bars, and a watts link translates to a tight-handling car with great road contact.

Competes with:

•Lexus IS 250
•Acura TSX
•Chrysler 200
•Chevrolet Malibu
•KIA Optima
•Ford Fusion
•VW Passat

Likes:

•Thoughtful luxury details and conveniences
•Heated steering wheel
•Great visibility
•Bose sound system
•Impressive interior style and soft surfaces
•Quiet ride and tight handling

Dislikes:

•No front seat lumbar
•If you upgrade to a navigation system- no Pandora or Inteli-Link
• No back-up camera
•Needs at least one more power outlet

The all-new 2012 Buick Verano is a well-rounded, entry-level, luxury sedan that is worth considering, especially if you’re on a budget.

Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you.

http://www.buick.com/

Courtesy of YNN/ Time Warner Cable
Aired: 1/24/2012