2012 Buick Verano Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Quicksilver Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,422 - $10,938
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
Source: NHTSA.gov
MPG (up to)
21 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
180
Seats
5

How 2012 Buick Verano Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.5 Overall Score
Performance 3.4Interior 3.6Comfort 3.6Value 3.7Safety 3.9

Editor's Overview

The Buick Verano, new to the market for 2012, is a premium compact sedan that packs a lot of technology and interior appeal for a modest price. The 2012 Verano has acceptable power, and it combines sporting ambitions with the more expected Buick virtues of quiet and comfort.

Buick Verano Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $8,422 - $10,179
Horsepower: 180 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol 4-cyl
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Convenience Group $9,049 - $10,938
Horsepower: 180 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol 4-cyl
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Leather Group $8,958 - $10,827
Horsepower: 180 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Ethanol 4-cyl
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.42
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Why I love my buick verano

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I love almost everything about this car. The features are great, power everything, heated seats and steering wheel, all leather, built in navigation, and a remote start that can be done from my phone or even Alexa. It looks great too. The color is a tri color pearl bvb so depending on the lighting it looks different all the time. I have owned it for 2 and a half years and have been fortunate enough to only have to put money into oil changes and tires. My brakes are even still factory and it has 60 some thousand miles on it. My only real complaint is the back seat sits really low, so I feel like my kid will be 14 before she's out of a booster, and I wish it had a bigger engine. Both of those things can be fixed by upgrading the type of Buik I own.

Brandy L
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A Real Gem of a Compact Luxury Car

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It is the most trouble free car that I have ever owned and since I am a retired senior that covers a number of cars. All the work on it has been the routine sort that you would expect. It is very quiet and very comfortable and you would hardly know that it is six years old. It is quite roomy for a compact car and is comfortable for four people. The gas mileage is good and it has decent acceleration. Since Buick has not changed their exterior design much it looks much newer than it really is.

douglas s
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My family pleasure of the Buick.

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I love my Buick Verano. It is a small sedan but very roomy. My Buick Verano gets excellent gas mileage. I have never had to do anything to my Buick Verano, other than regular maintenance. It has been a great purchase for me and my family. I have never had any problems with my Buick Verano, we have taken it on many long trips and family vacations. The only dislike I have about the car is the way the back seats sit straight up instead of reclining.

Mitchell W
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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$8,422 - $10,179
$9,049 - $10,938

Horsepower

Horsepower
180 (hp)
180 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC 4
ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC 4
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Not Available
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Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42 (in.)
42 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.2 - 38.3 (in.)
37.2 - 38.3 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
34.3 (in.)
34.3 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.8 (in.)
37.8 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
14 (cu. ft.)
14 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Standard
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Standard
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AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Standard
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Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Not Available
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Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P235/45R18
P235/45R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
105.7 (in.)
105.7 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36 (ft.)
36 (ft.)

Length

Length
183.9 (in.)
183.9 (in.)

Width

Width
71.4 (in.)
71.4 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3300 (.lbs)
3300 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
180 (hp)
180 (hp)

Torque

Torque
171 (ft. lbs.)
171 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
100 (.lbs)
100 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Standard
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.6 (gal.)
15.6 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
27 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

City

City
21 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
32 (mpg)
32 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Standard
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Standard
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
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Not Available
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Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
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Standard
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Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Standard
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Side
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Roof Strength
G
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
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Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with Traction Control
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Air bags, frontal driver and frontal front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System for rear outboard passengers that includes side mounted rear seat air bags. (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Air bags, knee, driver and front passenger (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and front passenger, height-adjustable includes pretensioners and load limiters
  • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats in all 3 rear seating positions
  • Door locks, rear child security, power
  • Tire Pressure Monitor *
  • Trunk emergency release handle
  • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance including Stolen Vehicle Slowdown and Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Destination Download (requires navigation radio) and OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling. (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.) *
  • Automatic Crash Response *
  • Stolen Vehicle Assistance *
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation *
  • Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic with audible warning

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (3)

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Air Bags Oct 31, 2012
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 31, 2012
NHTSA Campaign:
12V522000
Summary:
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2012 Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals.
Consequence:
Consequence: If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal airbag, that airbag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury.
Remedy:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.
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Air Bags Jan 24, 2013
Report Receipt Date:
Jan 24, 2013
NHTSA Campaign:
13V023000
Summary:
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals.
Consequence:
If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal airbag, that airbag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury.
Remedy:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil, free of charge. The safety recall began on February 13, 2013. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.
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Recall Jun 6, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 6, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V300000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2012 Buick Verano vehicles manufactured December 2, 2011 to July, 16, 2012, Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured December 7, 2011 to July 25, 2012, Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured December 5, 2011 to August 2, 2012, and Chevrolet Camaro vehicles manufactured December 1, 2011 to June 11, 2012. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals.
Consequence:
If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, that air bag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel air bag coil, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Chevrolet owners may contact GM at 1-800-222-1020. Buick owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. Note: This is an expansion of recalls 12V-522 and 13V-023.

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