mmmodem wrote:...There's nothing from Nissan, Chevy, Ford, or Chrysler that fit your criteria. Luxury brands are priced out of range.
I pretty much agree with the post above except for this sentence. The Buick Verano Turbo is a legitimate option. It is quiet, despite the turbo. It is powerful. And it should be reasonably nimble in your parking garage because it's a reskinned Opel Astra. European mid-market cars like the Astra are always engineered to deal with tight quarters and since GM's primary market for Buicks is now China, where quarters are equally cramped, they aren't messing with this. The interior is also very nice, I sat in one at the Chicago Auto Show yesterday.
The only chance you are taking with this is on long-term reliability. But all cars are pretty good now. Honda and Toyota have taken their knocks over the last few years, so it's hard to say that any brand is a guarantee of reliability any more.
Some reviews:http://www.windingroad.com/articles/rev ... ano-turbo/
- "Where the Verano excels—and in fact, where all Buicks excel—is the way it isolates the cabin from the outside environment. Sometimes this results in an isolation box, like we see in the Enclave or LaCrosse. Other times, it works out and delivers a comfortable, luxurious experience that is still capable of being fun on a twisting stretch of road. That’s what we see with the Verano.
This is a soft suspension, but it’s not floppy or ill mannered. Hit a pothole, and the Verano absorbs the impact and carries on. There’s no porpoising up and down like an intoxicated bottlenose, and there’s no spine-shattering jolt transmitted into the seat. In fact, there’s not much of anything at all. Maybe a dull thud, but that’s about it. On smooth roads, the Verano feels effortlessly comfortable.
Like we said, though, it’ll still dance if you want it to, with a few drawbacks. Roll is a bit of an issue, in that there’s so much of it. It doesn’t give the Verano an unstable or uncontrollable feeling, but it does necessitate slower entry speeds. The handling is very much biased to the front, and as a result, the Buick isn’t really willing to rotate all that easily. It’s not an autocrosser, but it does a decent impression of one.
Perhaps our favorite thing about driving Buicks is the way they eradicate exterior noise. The Verano Turbo starts below $30,000, but it’s still extremely quiet in the cabin.
...The last thing we’ll say about the Verano Turbo is this: the primary competitors listed on Buick’s media site are the Lexus IS250, Acura ILX, and Audi A3. We’d take the Verano over all of them. Yes, we passed up a Lexus, an Acura, and an Audi for a Buick. Perhaps there’s no higher praise for the brand than that."http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/dr ... rano_turbo
- "Like all Veranos, the Turbo is slathered in sound insulation, including aerodynamic underpanels, specially designed (and heavy) wheels, acoustic lamination on the windshield and front windows, thick mats sandwiching the firewall, and enough foam and rubber to childproof a Swarovski store. Only a mild hum and faint whistle betrays the fact that you might be blowing by a VW GTI. Better than the sound of silence, though, is the sense of solidity the Verano imparts over the worst surfaces. Potholes around Automobile's office that jar larger cars register only a slight "thump" through the Buick's steering wheel. That's a credit to the Verano's aforementioned European origins -- Buick says the Verano's body is even stiffer than its German cousin, the Opel Astra. We believe it. Don't get the idea, however, that the sportiest Verano is tuned to handle like a sporty Astra OPC -- the goal here was still a comfy ride. That said, the dual-path dampers, slightly stiffer than those in the base car, generally do a good job controlling body motions. Likewise, the electric power steering, limp on the base car, has a welcome bit of feedback programmed in here without sacrificing the light feel modern luxury buyers expect.
The modern luxury buyer is the real target here. The Verano Turbo, we repeat, is not intended to be a sport compact. Rather, Buick hopes the four-cylinder's thrust will attract customers downsizing from larger, V-6-powered premium cars..."http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-reviews ... no-turbo-1
- "On the road, the 3,482-pound Buick accelerates to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. This is impressive—and brisk—but we were especially pleased that Buick gave the Verano Turbo just enough handling prowess to make us grin on an interstate entrance ramp. The front tires howl early, but a slight lift of the throttle promptly tucks the nose back in line. Once the shenanigans end, the Turbo is uncannily, almost supernaturally quiet, and it provides a soft, but not floaty, ride over broken pavement. "