April 6, 2012
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For comparison’s sake, when I drove the Buick Regal eAssist about a month ago I averaged 8.9L/100km. At the time, I didn’t think that was the greatest considering I averaged 8.5L/100km with a Toyota Camry, without any complex hybrid system.
Fast forward to the Verano: same engine as the Regal, no hybrid bits, but a smaller and lighter car. This week, I averaged 8.4L/100km — again somewhat disappointing considering my driving route, which is mostly highway. Then, I went back to see what I averaged with the Chevrolet Cruze. I drove the Cruze ECO and averaged 6.8L/100km, and previous to that I drove an LT Turbo Cruze back in 2011 and averaged 8.4L/100km.
So, I’m not really sure what my conclusion is, after all that. The 2.4L engine achieved similar results to the 1.4L turbo. I guess it’s the turbo that is not as efficient as the 2.4, but the 2.4 could be even more efficient, it seems. Either way, the Verano offers some efficiency in a luxury car that handles well, rides comfortably and has an image some buyers will desire — and after a week, I like it!
*Rating out of 5:
|2012 Buick Verano|
*Rating based on vehicle’s classification
2012 Buick Verano
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $28,720
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