The 2012 Buick Verano is based in large part on the European Opel Astra. But if you were to look at the two cars side-by-side you’d have a hard time telling that they are cousins…perhaps distant cousins.
The American Verano gets a large dose of Buick’s newest DNA to keep a strong family resemblance to the Regal and LaCrosse…both inside and out. The Verano’s 2.4-liter Ecotec engine cranks out a humble 180 horsepower which is better for economy than performance getting over 30 MPG on the Highway.
The Verano drives like a quiet German sedan and that’s because under the skin it really is a quest sedan. While you can take the Astra out of Germany…you can’t take the distinctly Germanic ride and handling out of the Verano.
Check out this video as Dave reviews the 2012 Buick Verano.