Fuel-economy ratings for the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo have now popped up, and it looks like the Verano’s big-time power boost will result in just a minor hit at the gas pumps: The naturally aspirated Verano, which relies on a 2.4-liter I4 that makes 180 hp and 171 lb.-ft. of torque, is rated at 21 mpg city/32 mpg highway/25 mpg combined; the forced-induction model, buffed up to 250 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque thanks to its 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, will run off an EPA line of 20 mpg city/31 mpg highway/24 mpg combined. Even better: The high-velocity Verano will get those marks with a six-speed manual transmission that allows drivers full control of the car’s gearbox.
True, a six-speed automatic is the standard choice, and has yet to be rated by the EPA, but enthusiasts will no doubt enjoy the ability of the DIY option. It also continues the brand’s recent trend of providing manual transmissions in its more driver-focused cars, including the Buick Regal GS. On the other hand, the extent of that focus in the Verano Turbo will have to await an actual test drive, although on paper, its power-to-weight ratio and 0-60 time—about 6.2 seconds—certainly seem destined for success.
After all, that kind of performance, especially when it comes wrapped in premium-ish Buick appointments and a guess-timated price tag south of $26,000 is a fairly rare proposition nowadays.