2013 Buick Verano Turbo

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Buick Verano sedan is a very good small Buick, based on the Chevrolet Cruze/Chevrolet Volt platform taking the well-executed Cruze to a new level of refinement. The Verano fits right into the new Buick mold of smaller, firmer cars with European design and flare, and with more interior refinement than Buicks of the preceding two or three decades.

Buick Regal GS — European sports flavor

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Buick brought back the Regal for the 2011 model year affixing the iconic name on a Euro-bred mid-sized sports sedan. The initial problem — the new Buick lacked a European sports sedan persona.

The Regal is a solid effort, worthy of the Buick name in most respects, but there's a lot more Buick and a lot less BMW under the taut sheetmetal for the Regal to be truly called a sports sedan. That was until the Buick GS entered showrooms earlier this year.

Buick Verano — Living up to the Buick name

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

There was a time not long ago when you could buy a Buick that was a Buick in name only. A Buick that didn't live up to the storied Buick nameplate. The forgettable Skylark departed the scene in 1998. It made the phrase "a good, small Buick" an oxymoron.

Now for the first time in nearly 15 years a small Buick returns to the fold. The all-new compact 2012 Verano sedan is the antithesis of the Skylark. The Verano, indeed, is a good small Buick, based on the Chevrolet Cruze/Chevrolet Volt platform.

Buick LaCrosse eAssist — Where big and mileage meet

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

There is considerable Chinese influence inside and out of the 2012 LaCrosse because Buick is that country’s number one luxury brand. The LaCrosse carries a distinctive look from its high beltline, broad body and deeply sculpted body lines, and an oversized Buick waterfall grille actually works well surrounded by blade-shaped headlamps.

2012 Buick Verano

NEW YORK — If Buick is as quiet in promoting its 2012 Verano compact luxury car as the vehicle’s interior is then nobody is going to hear about it. Buick pulled out all the stops, and interior noise to create a domestic vehicle that is set to take on the vaunted Lexus IS 250 and Audi A3 sedans. A dozen noise-reducing and noise-cancelling technologies are used in more than 50 areas of Verano’s body structure for increased cabin isolation and quietness.

Buick Enclave — Right sized for a big family

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Buick Enclave is in its fourth model year and feels as fresh as it did four years ago when we first encountered it.

The Enclave in 2007 was a sure indicator of the big change coming for GM’s storied brand; a brand that had slipped into an old guy car funk. Sales in 2007 were in the tank and getting worse, the Enclave was Buick’s sole highlight. Rumors abound that Buick would be the next GM division to get the ax following in Oldsmobile’s footsteps.

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

DETROIT — It used to be assumed that Buick was allied with the Mercury Grand Marquis as having initiated the “Final Purchase Plan.” Well, the Grand Marquis is history, and so is the stodginess so rightly or wrongly associated with one of GM’s stellar brands. Case in point is the all-new 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist Technology.

Buick Regal — A growth hormone for an iconic brand on the rebound

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It’s an improbable story. Stuck in the mud, Buick looked like a sure candidate to be eliminated by a struggling General Motors a couple years back. Sales in 2009 had slumped to just over 100,000 units and the average age of Buick buyers had risen to nearly 70.

Those numbers should have spelled the end of the line for the venerable brand; but instead, Pontiac got the ax and Saturn was put on the trading block and eventually died when no suitable buyer stepped forward.

Buick Rainier expands SUV line-up – nicely

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The 2004 Buick Rainier was a constant companion and superb helpmate during an activity-filled week that included a 120-mile round trip to the airport, a 160-mile jaunt to pick up a family member and a glorious outdoor wedding.

But all that companionship came after we were forced to resolve a problem with the Rainier that was just 500 miles old when we took possession. Fortunately, the bugaboo reared its ugly head and was fixed a couple days before the ceremony-filled weekend.