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Buick Verano Model Information
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The Buick Verano is a front wheel drive, four door, five passenger compact luxury sedan first introduced at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on January 10, 2011 during a preview of Buick's then upcoming 2012 model. Buick hasn't sold a compact car in the United States since the Skylark back in 1993.
The Verano is all about luxury and technology including a next generation stereo system with OnStar connectivity which enables seamless communication between the car and the driver's smart phone device, 10 standard air bags and an available heated steering wheel.
An Ecotec 2.4 liter four cylinder engine and six speed automatic transmission is standard and delivers an estimated 180 horsepower and 171 foot pounds of torque at 4,900 rpm. The Verano reaches 60 miles per hour in 8 seconds flat and still gets an estimated 32 miles per gallon on the highway. The Ecotec engine is flex-fuel capable so it cam use either gasoline, E85 (ethanol), or any combination of the two.
The Verano Turbo uses a 2.0 liter turbocharged version of the Ecotec engine with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing which produces 250 horsepower at 5300 rpm and 260 foot pounds of torque at 2000 rpm. Over 90 percent of peak torque is available between 1700 to 5500 rpm. It takes 6.2 seconds to reach 60 miles per hours which is on par with the Buick Regal GS. The turbocharged Ecotec engine was named one of WardsAuto World's 2012 Ten Best Engines for North America, who's editor-in-chief, Drew Winter, said it "delivers a level of power and sophistication that redefines Buick." You can have this car with either a six speed manual or six speed automatic transmission.
Everybody is crazy about gap tolerances these days. Right? You've probably never even heard of gap tolerances but since this is important to some people, let's cover it real quick. Flush mounted components within the center stack have a gap tolerance of under one millimeter and the instrument panel to door panel gaps are under 5 millimeters - which are best in class. The instrument panel blends smoothly with the integrated center stack which houses the infotainment display, radio controls and climate controls. The headliner cover is made of a material that helps keep things quiet inside. In other words, it's not just any headliner - it was specifically chosen for interior serenity.
Inside you have a few more features to make your driving experience a pleasant one: front and rear reading lamps, heated steering wheel with integrated radio controls, push button start, heated leather seats, sliding console armrest that locks, express up and down front windows (express down for rear), dual zone climate control and electronic parking brake. The remote start feature can warm up your seats and steering wheel for extra warmth before you get in when it's cold outside.
If you're concerned about safety inside the Buick Verano, you're protected by a strong, unitized body structure which uses 60% high-strength steel in key locations to increase strength and crash protection. This is used to help prevent intrusion into the passenger compartment. There are ten standard airbags including frontal, head curtain side air bags, front and outboard rear seat side impact air bags and knee air bags as well. The head curtain airbags only deploy during a rollover. A collapsible pedal system allows the pedals to detach during a crash to reduce the possibility of leg and/or ankle injuries. OnStar has an automatic crash response system as well.
Sales in the United States
2011 - 265
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