By Joe Bruzek on August 8, 2012
Buick’s hopped-up 2013 Verano Turbo sedan with a 250-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder will start at $29,990 when it goes on sale this fall; pricing includes an $885 destination fee. Buick’s smallest sedan with big power comes with a standard six-speed automatic transmission while the six-speed manual transmission is a no-cost option.
Fuel-economy estimates of the automatic transmission have yet to be released — expect numbers closer to the production date — though we know the manual Verano Turbo is rated at an EPA-estimated 20/31 mpg city/highway. That’s only a 1 mpg sacrifice in city, highway and combined ratings compared to the non-turbo Verano for an additional 70 hp and claimed performance of zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds.
Besides the extra gusto under the hood, the Turbo’s $29,990 starting price includes a long list of standard equipment: leather seating with heated front seats, Buick’s IntelliLink multimedia system with 7-inch touch-screen, heated steering wheel, Bose stereo system, rear parking assist, blind spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert as well as a backup camera, which is a standard feature on all 2013 Veranos.
The Verano Turbo’s optional equipment consists of a navigation system and sunroof.
We wonder if this model will intrude on Buick Regal Turbo sales. For 2012, that engine with 220 hp starts at $31,145 after the destination charge and is inside a larger car with better handling than we've experienced driving the current Verano.
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