The Buick Verano is a brand new model for 2012. It is also the smallest Buick, staking a claim on the compact luxury segment. The Verano's powertrain is a 2.4L 4-cylinder. The dual overhead cam unit is E85-capable and produces 177 horsepower, which is good for a claimed 8-second sprint to 60 mph. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. A sporty turbocharged variant is expected later in the model year. Veranos come very well equipped with amenities such as 18-inch wheels, remote start, power sunroof, heated leather seating, heated steering wheel, automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, IntelliLink Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, parking assist and more. The best thing about the Verano may be its quiet ride. Buick has gone above and beyond to make the Verano a silent experience, with acoustic laminated glass, triple-sealed doors, a sound-deadening headliner, heavy-duty material on either side of the firewall, refined chassis dynamics and many, many luxury-level touches as well. The results are impressive and a welcome experience at this price. As in all Buicks, safety is a high priority in the Verano, and as such the car includes ten airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and OnStar.