Buick's entry-level sedan returns for 2016 with very minor changes, like a new available eight-way power driver's seat, upgraded from last year's optional six-way chair.
All else is as it was: Verano continues with a standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine making 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque; the option is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder making a more interesting 250 hp and 260 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with both, but the turbo mill can be had with a no-cost optional six-speed stickshift that offers good shifter and clutch feel, but is saddled with tall gear ratios that favour fuel economy over driving fun.
Unsurprisingly, the 2.4 is the more efficient of the two motors, but not by much: its ratings are 11.3/7.4 L/100 km (city/highway), versus 11.4/7.9 for the 2.0L/automatic combo, and 11.6/7.6 for the 2.0L/stickshift model.
Pricing begins at $24,190 for a base model that includes 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, while the next step up is a $24,870 version that adds remote start, Bluetooth, BUick's IntelliLink touchscreen audio system, backup camera, and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter.
For $28,015, Buick throws in 18-inch wheels, that eight-way driver's seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated side mirrors, fog lights, rear spoiler, rear park assist sensors, and a garage door opener. For an extra $1,325, Buick adds leather seating.
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