A premium car with a bargain pricetag, conservative looks and performance, the Verano has surprisingly few direct competitors--the way Buick likes it, actually.
Two of them live inside the Acura brand; the 201-hp TSX sedan and wagon have good handling and more interior space, but Acura's latest front-end styling and dated connectivity show how the brand has slipped in the near-luxury ranks.
The Audi A3 is in its last year before being replaced by a new sedan; the hatchback has pert handling and available turbodiesel power, but high prices.
The all but forgotten Lexus IS 250 comes on to luxury import shoppers with V-6 power and rear-wheel drive, but suffers from a small back seat and lackluster handling.
Finally, we'd throw in the Volvo C30 hatchback, simply because it's stylish and safe like the Verano, and appeals to buyers looking for something "else."
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|2013 Buick VeranoBrowse Used Listings||2013 Acura TSXBrowse Used Listings||2013 Acura ILXBrowse Used Listings||2013 Audi A3Browse Used Listings||2013 Lexus IS 250Browse Used Listings||2013 Volvo C30Browse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Ethanol 4-cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I5|
|Compact||Compact||- TBD -||Small Station Wagons||Sub-Compact||Compact Car|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic||4-Door Sedan 2.0L||4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD||2-Door Coupe Automatic T5|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Manual||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic|