A Buick that shares its basic engineering with the Chevrolet Cruze compact car sounds like a throwback to the bad old days when GM's idea of a new model was to clip a new badge onto a tired old design.
Fear not, though, this car is not a return to that.
Instead, General Motors engineers took the bones of the Cruze and created, on that skeleton, a proper luxury car with little resemblance, other than its size, to its cheaper relative.
The Buick Verano looks, feels, drives and sounds like a perfectly decent luxury car, albeit a small one.
But is America ready for an itty-bitty Buick?
Every now and again, automakers like to try odd door-combinations - and they rarely catch on with customers.
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