The Buick Verano is all-new for 2012 and carves in its own niche in the new car market as it’s one of the few genuine compact sedans in the near-premium and premium segments. Its closest rivals would be the Acura TSX and--to a lesser extent--the Chrysler 200, though both of these are somewhat bigger than the Verano.
Note, if you can live with a hatchback bodystyle, your list of options expands with some credible rivals such as the Audi A3 and Lexus CT 200h. But if hatchbacks don’t scream premium to you then the Buick may just be the way to go if you’re a luxury buyer looking to downsize.
Before we continue, it should be noted that the Verano is essentially a Chevrolet Cruze with revised styling and a new interior. Buick engineers have gone to great lengths to mask the Verano’s humble underpinnings and after driving the car we think they’ve done a good job.
For starters, the Verano is built in a completely different plant than the Cruze and shares no...
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