The Verano's premium feel and lighter pricetag are a blue-ocean approach that doesn't have many direct competitors just yet.
If it were our cash, we'd cross-shop the Acura TSX sedan and wagon, which have 201 hp, good handling and more interior space, but dated connectivity and styling.
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 biggest challenge to the Verano is the new front-drive Mercedes CLA; it's firm and taut in a way the Verano is more comforting, but with a base price of about $30,000 it's an intriguing alternative with a sterling badge on the hood.
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|21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/4-cyl||Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded I-4||N/A||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|Compact||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||N/A||Small Station Wagons|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic||4-Door Sedan 2.0L||N/A||4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||N/A||Manual|