Need an entry-level luxury compact sedan that’ll pamper you all the way to the office, the theatre, or to see the folks? Check out Buick’s brand-new 2012 Verano Convenience. This midlevel trim offers seating for 5 and 15.2 cubic feet of trunk space to go along with an economical 4-cylinder powerplant and a boatload of standard amenities.
Giving this little sedan its go is a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that combines with a standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. Look for mileage estimated at 21 mpg city/32 highway and, believe it or not, a towing capacity of 1,000 pounds with the proper equipment.
This little jewel’s profile comes adorned with 18-inch alloy wheels and heated power-adjustable mirrors, while inside, leatherette and cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are bolstered by full power accessories and simulated wood and simulated alloy cabin accents.
A tilt/telescoping steering wheel, also in simulated wood and simulated alloy garb and mounting audio and cruise controls, is delivered with this midlevel trim, as are rear parking sensors and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Sun Sensor technology, meanwhile, boosts the efficiency of the standard dual-zone auto climate control.
OnStar's Directions and Connections interface also comes standard, as do Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, while entertainment is encompassed by a single-CD player with 6 speakers, satellite radio, a 7-inch touchscreen display, IntelliLink smartphone integration and a USB port.
Optional equipment for the 2012 Verano Convenience includes a power sunroof, navigation, and an upgraded premium audio system with a multifunction controller and an SD card slot. An Appearance Package is also offered, boasting a number of exterior chrome and body color upgrades
Finally, Buick's heady compact Verano sedan features such noteworthy standard safety equipment as 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags, daytime running lights and front fog/driving lights. OnStar emergency services and stolen vehicle recovery assistance also come standard, as does a remote antitheft alarm.