Buick has always been a brand of understated luxury. Opposed to Cadillac, which is more of an in-your-face type of brand, Buick’s marketing has always managed to keep things casual, yet customers are constantly surprised at the amount of content they get when compared to other brands, such as Lexus.
One model that holds true to that message is the Buick Verano. It’s hard to find another compact vehicle that’s as quiet as this one, and opt for the Verano Turbo, and drivers are treated with Volkswagen GTI-rivaling speed without any of the boy-racer stigma. During our time with the Verano Turbo, we noted that it could probably outrun the larger, more powerful Regal GS around a road course if it had a more sophisticated suspension (read: HiPer Strut) and better (Brembo) brakes with a dash more power.
Best of all, like the Regal GS, a hypothetical Verano GS would be a total sleeper car, giving very little hints to its sporty nature. One that would be able to hold its own with just about any other front-wheel-drive compact on the market, but without all the boisterous flash (“look at me, look at me! I’m in a Focus ST!,” clamors every single Focus ST driver). With that in mind, it could easily fit in the Buick lineup. But do you think it’s a good idea? Let us know by participating in our poll, and making points in the comment section below.