How does Buick Verano mileage compare with the competition?

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The 2012 Buick Verano is Buick's first compact sedan since 1998, when the Buick Skylark ended production. Buick hopes for Verano to surprise and delight customers by showing them just how luxurious a compact can be. Of course, for many car shoppers, one of the true tests of any compact vehicle is fuel economy, and that is especially true with fuel prices hovering at or above $4.00 a gallon. As luxurious as Verano may be, the first question from many shoppers is, "What kind of mileage does a Buick Verano get?"

All Verano models for 2012 are equipped with an ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder engine, which EPA estimates will get 21 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway. If you are looking for a compact vehicle, is that enough, given the competition?

According to the Rankings and Reviews website published by US News & World Report, Verano is classified as an "Upscale Small Car." Other cars in this classification include the Volkswagen GTI, Audi A3, Acura TSX, and BMW 1-Series. Among those vehicles, none exceeds Buick Verano mileage estimates in city or highway driving. What's more, each of the competing vehicles has a higher base price.

Of the five vehicles, the most similar to Verano in price and mileage is the Volkswagen GTI. But price and mileage are their only similarities. To understand their differences, it's good to know something of their origins. The GTI is a performance-tuned version of the Volkswagen Golf, adding upscale appointments plus enhanced performance and handling to the spunky Golf. The GTI goes from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds.

Buick Verano's pedigree comes from the mid-size Buick Regal. From its exterior and interior visual cues to the super quiet interior, Verano echoes Regal's most distinctive features. While Verano's look is sporty, it will never be confused with a sports car. Verano makes no apologies for going from 0-60 mpg in 8.0 seconds. Making their differences even clearer, the GTI is available only with a manual transmission, while automatic transmission is standard with Verano.

Buick unveiled several new, higher-performing power train options for Regal after its initial launch. Automotive analysts expect Buick to do the same with Verano. For watchers of Buick Verano mileage, the most interesting development may be the anticipated addition of GM's eAssist technology, a hybrid technology that recruits energy spent by the vehicle (such as when braking) and transfers it to a battery in the trunk. This saved energy allows the vehicle's engine to turn itself off when idle and start again electrically with no hesitation.

As demonstrated by the larger Buick Regal and LaCrosse, eAssist can reduce gasoline consumption by 25-30%. Verano shoppers will have to wait a bit, however, as eAssist for Verano is still a few years away.

Obviously, because it is a luxury vehicle, there are compact sedans that get better mileage than Verano. Those who choose Verano may have in mind one or more of these three things:

1) Verano rates highest in fuel efficiency among vehicles in its class

2) The quiet and luxury of Verano may be a lot to give up in order to save a few mpg

3) When compared with the somewhat larger Regal, Verano is a great bargain and an affordable way to experience Buick's quiet, safety, and luxury.

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