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From a loaded BMW to a loaded Buick; a few years ago the comparison would have seemed completely silly. But today Buick is making some very nice vehicles, indeed, and do compete with the German luxury makes — if one can forgive the front-wheel-drive platforms.

This week it is the smallest Buick, based off the Chevrolet Cruze, the Buick Verano. The 2013 Verano brings some new muscle to the table with a powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. And get this: they offer it with a six-speed manual transmission!

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With the market for smaller cars ever growing in Canada, the Verano makes perfect sense for those looking for a compact car with a ton of luxury features, and with a base starting price of just $22,895 the Verano certainly delivers on that promise.

My tester, the new Turbo model, has a starting price of $28,695 but adds a few goodies, so the as-tested price is $8,000 more than that starting number.

My tester is equipped with the 1ST preferred equipment group, power sliding sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, navigation and spoiler package. Some of the features in the equipment group include: dual-zone auto climate control, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, 7-inch colour touchscreen, rear-vision camera, rear cross-traffic alert, side blind-zone alert, leather seating and more.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $36,385

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About James Bergeron

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