Buick makes a car called the Verano. You might have heard it called the Verona, as in “fair city of...”but that’s wrong.
The fair Verano is a small thing that competes with the Acura ILX and uses the same basic platform as the Chevy Cruze. It is quiet, comfortable, satisfying to drive, and it handily beats the one-size-up Regal in sales.
And now there’s this turbocharged Verano, which offers a manual transmission as a no-cost alternative to the six-speed automatic. The number of stick-sprouting Buick models (two) is now at a level unseen since Zack Morris first picked up his cinder block of a cell phone. The Verano Turbo is also quiet, comfortable, and satisfying to drive. It’s a lot quicker, too, its smooth turbocharged four delivering 250 horses versus the naturally aspirated car’s 180.
All Verano Turbos are essentially loaded and start at $29,990. Options include the manual trans, navigation, a sunroof, and fancier wheels. For reasons unknown, the business case for this car made more sense to GM than did one for a proposed Chevrolet Cruze SS, which would have been more powerful and more compelling to enthusiasts. Instead, the Verano Turbo is just a Buick, albeit a wee one. Still, it has a pile of standard features and a refinement edge over its few competitors, including the ILX. Which maybe isn’t such a small thing after all.