The first examples of the 2012 Buick Verano are being built at the General Motors Orion Assembly plant, so that means it's time for Buick to fire up the configuator. We knew the Verano would start at $23,470 ($885 destination included), but we didn't know exactly what features were standard at that price. Base Veranos include a 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine, six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels, USB port, Bluetooth, a seven-inch LCD radio interface and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Step up to the Convenience Group and expect to pay $24,670. The Convenience Group adds features like a six-way power driver's seat, rear park assist and heated mirrors. The top Verano features the Leather Group trim, with leather seating surfaces, heated seats and steering wheel, keyless entry with push-button start, and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.

Options include some premium paint finishes, $795 navigation, a $900 power sunroof and a $370 rear spoiler. If you're looking for the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, you'll have to wait until 2012. Head over to the Buick retail site to build your own Verano.


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      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      $795.00 for the Nav? Why do manufacturers still charge such crazy prices for their Nav systems?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
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          clquake
          • 3 Years Ago
          Not everyone has or wants a smartphone, but a $79 Xmas special will usually suffice in most cases.
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
        Even a few years ago I bought a top-line GPS for $250 off Amazon, and I was able to take it out of my first car and put it in my 2nd, seeing as how it's not an in-dash unit...really makes no sense to buy an OEM nav system.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
        Good point right there. Navigation systems can easily be attained from your nearby Best Buy for only a fraction of the price.
        kcroc10077
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
        I'm thinking they charge it because they can. If there were no taker's the price would decrease so I'm thinking someone's buying.
        T-Mille
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
        People still consider them to be a luxury item and makes their car look more elegant, or something like that.
          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @T-Mille
          The same with leather seats. American buyers equate leather with luxury, regardless of the fact that most won't maintain their seats, which will look trashy after a few summers in the sun.
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
        Because people are stupid enough to pay for the in-dash GPS system, which will be to be semi-obsolete in about 4 years.
      MyerShift
      • 3 Years Ago
      Disappointing colour palette...
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MyerShift
        The concept car had a rich brown from the Enclave, I'm not sure where it went off to...
      Fancy Sauce
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw this in someone's driveway in that metallic white color and the rear actually didn't look horrible.
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fancy Sauce
        White Diamond Tri-Coat is one of GM's classic colors, and it certainly does look good. They've had it since before the 90's and it has a very nice pearl effect to it.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keyless entry is in the top group? Ridiculous.
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        FoxJ30
        • 3 Years Ago
        Think Volvo S40, Saab 9-3, top end Mazda3GT, VW GLI, or even top end naturally-aspirated Focus. The Mazda, VW, and Focus play in the shallow ($25k) end of the Verano's pool, the Volvo, Saab, and even Audi A3 (or A4 frontrak at a stretch) play on the $30k end of the spectrum. I don't particularly like how the Verano looks, but judging by the fact that my last car was a GTI, I can fully appreciate another entry into the premium (though not luxury) compact car class. None of these cars are truly 'enthusiast' cars, but many of them have at least some following.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @FoxJ30
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          carfan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @FoxJ30
          if you call the mazda driving behaviour of a mongoloid "enthusiasm" than yes you are an "enthusiast" of a mazda
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          carfan
          • 3 Years Ago
          if you call the toyota driving behaviour of a mongoloid "enthusiasm" than yes you are an "enthusiast" of an asian krap
        Quen47
        • 3 Years Ago
        You can't call anyone a troll, Fried Rice
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        You seem to think that "Real Enthusiasts" keep car companies in business. There are 80 million baby-boomers in this country, plus another 100 million over 30 folks. If this car gets the attention of 1% of that 180 million, it would be more than GM could ever hope for. BTW: Buick will outsell the best selling Subaru with this car.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think ColombianRicer has a point right there. For only a few grand more, you can get a WRX or MS3 ((notice that I left out something over here). As an enthusiast, which one would you buy?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
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          TBN27
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          A Verano because it is more practical for everyday use. It will have a little of everything and will be even more fun to drive when the turbo ecotec with sport suspension arrives.
          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Sad to say, for the US market, SVX is absolutely right; there are relatively few true car enthusiasts left. Look at companies like BMW and Audi, that supposedly sell to enthusiasts. Most of their customers are suburban poseurs who want prestigious driveway bling, buy their "performance" car with every electronic gadget they can stuff in the thing, and buy auto transmission. Delusion runs deep in suburbia.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
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        carfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        to the ricer...hahahahahaha!!! AGAIN
      leo
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Regal might be the only Buick worth buying, but even that once locaded gets way to close to a real car like the G37, so I guess there are no buicks worth buying unless you are comparing them to Toyota's
      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only problem is given the average age of the typical buick consumer, they may not use this at all.
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        @thedriveatfive
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          clquake
          • 3 Years Ago
          The average age of a Buick owner dropped to 61, from 72, in 2010.
          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          Starting in their 30s? I don't think so.
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        tributetodrive
        • 3 Years Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        Oh i appear to have stepped on the toes of the Buick / gm faithful... I stand by my comment though. There are absolutely no young professionals who can afford a buick I know who are driving one. Most are in BMW's or Audi's, and often mustangs and camero's as well of pickup's. The women tend to drive mini's and several I know own 370Z's. None of them are over 40 and none drive buick, but this is anecdotal at best. This isnt however: http://www.leftlanenews.com/buicks-average-buyer-age-drops-from-72-to-65.html
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      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      With so many great cars in the $25k+ range why would somebody buy this? This is the saddest move for the "new" GM acting very much like the old GM. I guess with the inevitable incentives you'll be able to pick one up for $20k, which then won't be so bad.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        It isn't a domestic car, apart from the badge.
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        @Zoom
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          Fixitfixitstop
          • 3 Years Ago
          carfan and BG: The car is called Infiniti. Infinity makes stereos.
          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ carfan, someone looking at a Lexus or Infinity would even consider looking at a Buick? I don't think so. L and I market to a totally different demographic in the US.
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          How "Great" cars does Toyota currently make? Last two "Great cars to bear the Toyota nameplate were the Cressida & Supra. Everything else has been less "great" than this car.
        leo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        I'm with you, this car is not worth near $25 no matter what you use to easure it, unless all you care about is quiet. and to 'carfan' please, if you were a real car fan you would not put Buick as an Infiniti competitor, cadillac yes the only thing Buick competes with is VW but only the ones that don't care about handling or driving. Buick = BORING
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      G.M's 2.4 DI is not a very good engine. It doesn't get very good mileage (31 mpg), and the power output levels are not very good. Hyundai, Nissan, and Honda can squeeze 200 hp + out of similarly sized engines. GM has been stepping up its game as of late and has been prodcing many much better cars, but this isn't one of them. The mileage is horrific for this segment, this weighs as much as a last gen BMW 528i, the interior is good but not great, the power levels aren't good at all, the handling isn't good, and it doesn't have THAT many features. The interior space, on the other hand, is outstanding, and the reliability of this engine is quite good, but those are the only factors that this car has going for it. This simply isn't competitive in today's market. For this price, I could get a multitude of highly equipped intermmediate cars including the Mazda3, Cruze, Focus, and Golf. I could also get a sportier, more rewarding to drive car like the Volkswagen GTI or Mini Cooper S.
        Scurvy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        The 2.5L from Nissan makes 175hp and gets 30-32mpg depending on the car it goes in. The 2.4L from Honda makes 190hp and gets 32-33mpg. In Acuras it makes 201hp and gets 29-31 on premium. The 2.4L from Hyundai makes 200hp and gets 34mpg. Not to mention that most reviews find that the Sonata is slower and gets worse mileage than it's rivals. Those all sound pretty in line with what GM is doing. PS. The Verano has absolutely no sporting intentions. It is a entry level luxury car that I'm sure will ride nicer and quieter than any of those cars you listed.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        You can't get a GTI for this price. Even stripped it's $24,500 Including destination). Get the spec up to comparable and you're talking about $28K. You do get a better suspension and a more powerful engine though. A comparably equipped BMW MINI Cooper S also costs noticeably more than though, although again you do end up with a sportier vehicle.
        Brad Buick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Huh? A last gen 528i with an auto weighed 3600lbs. This car weighs under 3500lbs. The 2.4DI engine was awarded a "10 Best Engines in the World" award last year by Ward's Auto World. It makes excellent power at 3,000 to 5,000 rpms. No it doesn't make 200hp at 6,500 rpms but most people don't drive there anyway.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Brad Buick
          But it isn't simply cannot match the peak hp of the engines which I'm talking about because it doesn't rev high enought, so its performance suffers. Also, it gets lousy mileage. Regal gets 30 mpg, Verano gets 31 mpg. Completely random, are you in any way related to David Buick (founder of Buick) ?
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Not to mention that I only paid around $32 k -4 k more than a relatively well equipped Verano- for a heavily customizedMini Countryman All4 with the Sports and Luxury packages. It has a much higher quality interior than this car, it is more fun to drive and performs better, it comes with a manual transmission, it has more power, it is more practical. Vote me down if you like, but honestly, as a car enthusiast, which car would you buy?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
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          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          I have absolutely no interest in the Countryman All4 at any price. So as an enthusiast, I'd take the Buick first I guess. Although honestly I'd prefer to save my money for something else entirely.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Edit button is still waiting, AB.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm saying it, write it down, this car will sell in big numbers and conquer a lot of marketshare from the whalekillers.
      milkylainen
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the new Buick and GM. GM used to make badge work out of US cars, now they are doing the opposite. This is an Opel rework. The Buick Regal is an Insignia, this "Verano" is a sedan based on the European Opel Astra, sans the Watts-linkage on the rear axle, as that was probably too expensive. GM is reverting to its old habits.. I still don't get it, how can all the financial gurus at GM justify multiple brands selling the same crap? It's just adding costs that should not exist. Bring Opel, plain as it is to the US, build it on US soil and sell it much cheaper instead, that would be real value for the end customer. Creating new sheet-metal tooling for a badge rework is just plain wrong.
        TheLeadFoot
        • 3 Years Ago
        @milkylainen
        You realize that EVERY car company does this. VW, Toyota, Nissan/Renault all of them. The old GM would have not changed anything about the car and just put a different badge on it. That is not what they have done here. They have leveraged their global scale to come up with a uniquely styled car for America using engineering in their portfolio. That is entirely different and standard practice for all manufacturers as it helps with profitability. If you want to complain about a shameless and poorly executed re-badge job get yourself over to the Toyota FT-86/Subaru BRZ thread. Now THAT'S some flat out rebadging there...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @milkylainen
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        Scurvy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @milkylainen
        I'm interested to hear your thoughts on Toyota creating the brands Scion and Lexus (originally) just to sell Toyota badged cars from other parts of the world with different badges. Lexus IS = Toyota Altezza Lexus GS= Toyota Aristo Scion TC= Toyota Avensis What about Honda selling Asian/European Hondas out there as Acuras. Euro Accord = Acura TSX Honda Legend= Acura RL Or Nissan with Infiniti. Nissan Skyline= Infiniti G Nissan Fuga= Infiniti M How about VW rebadging cars as SEAT or Fiat rebadging Chrylers as Lancias and soon to be vice versa. Yup, only GM does it.
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Scurvy
          The Scion tC uses the basic architecture of an Avensis, it isn't a badge job. Likewise, only two of Seats models are straightforward badge engineering exercises. I wouldnt buy a Regal or TSX because these are ordinary family cars, like an Avenger or a Malibu, that have been tarted up as some quasi executive car. Its simply a cheap way to maximise margins in a particular market. I can buy a used Insignia with nominal mileage for less that £8K at any car supermarket.
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