Buick's latest entry, the Verano compact luxury sedan, has been priced at $23,470, including an $885 destination charge.
It's based on the popular Chevrolet Cruze, though it comes wrapped in specific exterior styling cues, features a plusher interior, added standard features and more power. Coming in three trim levels, all models come powered by a peppy 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features include leatherette seating, a 7-inch LED color-touch radio display, automatic climate control, remote start, power windows, steering wheel radio controls and no less than 10 air bags. It also packs full smartphone connectivity with the ability to stream audio tracks from the Web via Pandora Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio. Available amenities include one feature usually found only on the costliest rides, a heated steering wheel.
“Verano is a great new addition to Buick because it expands the brand’s reach,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing. “With Verano, we’re inviting new customers into the Buick family, giving us the opportunity and privilege of building longtime Buick loyalty.”