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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
On all types of roads the Verano ranks among the quietest mass-market cars you can buy.
The cabin is indeed quiet, thanks to an abundance of sound-absorbing materials throughout the car, thicker glass than what's in the Cruze, and triple-sealed doors.
Its doors shut with a suitable thunk, and amid city gridlock and elevated trains, the insulation impresses.
The leather seats were comfortable, with what seemed like aggressive lumbar support (welcome news to anyone with an aching back).
What does distinguish the 2012 Verano from less-expensive compact sedans, along with many premium-brand models, is its phenomenally refined, comfortable, quiet interior.
Quiet Tuning is a keyword at Buick, and it describes much of the Verano's personality. Through meticulous sound-deadening measures like triple-sealed doors, laminated side glass, an acoustic windshield, and various foams, baffles, and mats, the Verano is very, very quiet inside. Buick has worked to isolate road, wind, and engine noise, so even if you're driving the Verano hard, on some of the coarsest surfaces, you'll be able to have a soft-spoken conversation.
Interior appointments are also worthy of being compared to those of any luxury car this size. And thanks to its front-wheel-drive layout, the Verano has a very spacious interior. Front seats are superb, with all-day support for a wide range of drivers, along with plenty of seat travel and headroom for the tallest drivers. Rear seats are well contoured for adults, too; the only thing that calls the Verano out as a compact is the need to compromise legroom between front and rear if there are several lanky occupants riding at once.
Trunk space is large and well-shaped, and rear seatbacks fold forward nearly flat, with a wide opening.
The 2012 Buick Verano is roomier inside than its exterior suggests--and a standout for those who want peace and quiet.