We had a number of other answers come in this week, including Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Versa, Ford Focus and another Buick, the Regal.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries Wayne Wilke, of Evans, who wrote: “The 2012 Buick Verano is an upscale version of the Chevrolet Cruze. It is the latest in an attractive line of Buicks that began with the LaCrosse, moved on through the Regal and now brings the Verano. Buick seems to be ‘on a rev,’ which might stand for ‘on a revival’ (‘on a rev’ is Verano backward).”
Wilke wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the Verano were:
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: "This is the smallest of the Buick ‘luxury sedans’ that is 7 inches shorter and an empty weight that is 300 pounds lighter than its Regal sibling. This weight reduction is good since it is powered by the same 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder used in the nonturbo Regal. However, in the Verano, this engine loses 2 horsepower, being rated at 180.
“This is truly a corporate vehicle, with its Chevrolet and Opel roots well-disguised under the Buick-specific styling and engineering. Buick is particularly touting how quiet the interior is with its ‘Quiet Tunning Technology.’ Along with all of this quietness is outstanding comfort for a car of this size, because the front seats are the same ones found in the much larger Lacrosse. On the downside however, rear-seat leg-room is sacrificed a bit for this additional comfort enjoyed by the front-seat occupants.
“Though Verano has been met with generally positive reviews, the question being asked is, ‘Who is going to buy it?’ What is the market segment for this vehicle? If I am looking to buy a luxury sedan, why would I look at small luxury sedans, and specifically why would I look at the Buick Verano?
“Verano is rated at 31 mpg highway, whereas the larger Lacrosse is rated at 36 mpg when equipped with the eAssist hybrid system, and I can get the eAssist equipped Lacrosse for about the same money.
“I like the concept of the Verano, but it is puzzling as to why the hybrid technology is not available in its introductory year.”
CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes wrote: “Buick is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and the Verano appears to be the next logical step in this GM brand’s image makeover. Once viewed as little more than land yachts with pillow-soft suspension and plush velour bench seats, Buicks today are far more competent handlers with world-class interiors and cutting-edge powertrains.
“The Verano spearheads Buick’s charge into the small sedan segment once dominated by Asian automakers at a time when Detroit was too busy cranking out large sedans, trucks and SUVs to pay any attention to this slice of the market. With America’s new-found love of frugality, however, GM has finally gotten the message that it must adapt and offer competitive options in all market segments or wither and die – again.
“The Verano shares its basic architecture and drivetrain with the Chevrolet Cruze, but offers amenities not found in its corporate cousin. Interior materials are softer and more upscale, and the 2.4-liter Ecotec engine can be brought to life with the mere push of a button. Buick has wisely invested its engineering dollars to ensure the Verano is as quiet as a library.
“With pricing in the mid-$20,000s, Verano should prove an effective competitor in this increasingly crowded market segment.”
EVANS: Jerry Paul
MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski wrote: “This car is Buick’s new venture into the compact class. It has all the amenities that a Buick owner would want, such as a nice interior and quiet ride, but the introductory 2.4-liter base engine performance is disappointing. A later-year turbocharged 2-liter offering should help in that area.”
Also, Jeff Miller