Buick Verano, GM's bite-sized luxury

The Verano's smaller package has almost everything a Buick ought to.

Small package
Small package
Base price: $23,470
Fuel economy: 21 city / 31 hwy.

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?

By Peter Valdes-Dapena - Last updated October 28 2011: 9:32 AM ET
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