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Built on the same chassis as the Chevrolet Cruze comes the new 2012 Buick Verano — not to be confused with the much older Daewoo-designed Suzuki Verona, which was a sister car to another Chevrolet, the Epica.

The new Verano gives Buick a compact luxury car, and with a starting price of just $22,595 it competes with everything from a standard compact like the Honda Civic to luxury models like the BMW 1 or 3 series.

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My tester, of course, is not a base Verano, which is unfortunate as I would like to know what the basic model looks like. Rather, this one is fully loaded with the leather package, which makes this car eerily similar to the Regal I test drove a few weeks back.

Powered by the same 2.4-litre engine used in the Regal, I expect the Verano to feel more lively, achieve better fuel consumption and, overall, feel more balanced than that larger model. One does have to remember that this is a compact sedan, though, and as a result, the back seats do seem rather tight at first glance.

But, for less than $30,000, my tester has all the goodies, including leather, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated seats, sunroof, cruise, automatic climate control, automatic headlights, a six-speed automatic transmission and push-button start.

2012 Buick Verano
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $28,720

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).