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2012 Buick Verano to start at $23,470

Buick announced that the Buick Verano will start at $23,470 with $885 in destination charges.

2012 Buick Verano.
2012 Buick Verano. GM

The 2012 Buick Verano small luxury sedan, which will roll into showrooms later this year, will have a starting price of $23,470 including $885 in destination charges.

The 2012 Verano was announced at the Detroit auto show in January.

"Verano is a great new addition to Buick because it expands the brand's reach," Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing said in a press release. "With Verano, we're inviting new customers into the Buick family, giving us the opportunity and privilege of building longtime Buick loyalty."

The Verano will compete with the Acura TSX sedan or Lexus IS 250, but still offers more passenger and cargo volume.

The smallest in the Buick lineup, the Verano will be offered in three models, with the top of the line starting at $26,850, including destination charge. All models are powered by a fuel-efficient 2.4L four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that delivers 180 hp at 6,700 rpm with 171 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,900 rpm.

The Verano also offers luxury with sleek exterior lines, blue translucent projector beam headlamps and standard fog lamps, and 18-inch multispoke, forged-alloy, silver-finish wheels, and optional premium 18-inch split-spoke wheels.