2012 Buick Verano vs. Its Competition

2012 Buick Verano
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Nailing down the Verano's competitive set is quite the task.

That's because there really aren't any direct ones now—though we expect there to be more offerings in its class, like the Lincoln MKC and an upcoming smaller Acura sedan, within a year or two.

For now, the somewhat sportier-feeling Acura TSX is a possible sedan to cross-shop, though the Acura isn't up to the Verano's standards of smooth and quiet.

Audi's A3 is a hatchback for now, but it's about the same size and price; for the same money, you definitely get more of everything in the Verano, but there's no all-wheel drive offered in the Buick.

The Infiniti G25 and Lexus IS 250 are two other rivals; both are rear-wheel drive sedans, primarily, with cramped backseats compared to the Verano and less comfort, but they're sportier.

Slightly downmarket from the Verano is the Chrysler 200; in theory, Chrysler intends to make the same sort of statement with upper trims of the 200, but it simply doesn't feel luxurious in the same way as the Verano.

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2012 Acura TSX 5dr Sport Wagon I4 Auto Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2012 Acura TSX
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2012 Audi A3 4-door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi A3
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2011 Infiniti G25 Sedan 4-door Journey RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 INFINITI G25 Sedan
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2011 Lexus IS 250 4-door Sport Sedan Auto AWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 Lexus IS 250
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Buick Verano is a comfortable compact sedan that feels like a luxury car but isn't priced like one.
With attractive designs and a light, efficient driving feel, the 2012 Acura TSX lineup strikes an ideal balance for a front-wheel-drive sport sedan or sport wagon.
The fashionable, versatile 2012 Audi A3 is as deft for the city commute as it is at ease on the highway.
Forget that the 2012 Infiniti G Sedans are somewhat practical four-door designs; they can provide all the sensory thrills and dynamic satisfaction of full-fledged sports cars.
The 2012 Lexus IS 350 and IS 350 aren't as focused and fun to drive as sport sedans from BMW or Infiniti, though especially in F Sport guise they still look great.
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Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol 4-cylGas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6
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CompactCompactSmall Station WagonsMidsizeSub-Compact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Base RWD250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sedan4 Door SedanHatchback4 Door SedanSedan
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomaticManualAutomatic w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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