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Amazon to start its biggest Black Friday sale yet on 16 November

Amazon's Black Friday Sale 2018 is to be its biggest yet, running from 16 November to the 25th. Here's what you need to know.
Amazon is all set for its biggest Black Friday sale yet with ten days of discounts on electronics, toys, games, fashion, beauty and home products. Black Friday deals begin 16 November and end on the 25th.

Buick Verano

The Buick Verano is a compact four-door sedan. The Verano shares its front-wheel-drive architecture with the Chevrolet Cruze, but almost everything in contact with the driver is new or substantially upgraded.

Introduced as a 2012 model and updated with a new turbo powertrain offering for the 2013 model year, the Verano is aimed at buyers looking for premium features in a smaller package, with a price starting well under $30,000. The Verano doesn't have much competition to date, although the Acura ILX matches squarely up against it in size and price, and so does the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA, which presages other new compact sedans to come from BMW and Audi.

With conservative styling on the outside, the Verano hardly makes a strong first statement; the Buick 'ventiports' feel a little forced, as always, but the roofline and profile are pleasant to the eyes, making it appear as a larger sedan when it stands alone. Inside, there's much to warm up to, though, with well-coordinated trims and rich leather, luxury touches like a heated steering wheel and a standard voice-activated IntelliLink touch-screen connectivity system.

As part of General Motors' plan to better coordinate its global model matrix, the Verano shares much of its layout more directly with the European-market Opel Astra. For 2012, there was only one powertrain: a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission, with front-wheel drive.

In the base Verano, brakes are strong four-wheel discs; and Buick's Quiet Tuning ethos brings a well-controlled ride yet surprisingly deft handling—with quick-ratio steering—compared to some cushy luxury-sedan alternatives.

In drives of the base Verano, we've found it to be impressively refined, with one of the quietest interiors or any compact or even mid-size sedan, plus a rear seat that's contoured for adults—although the need to compromise legroom with front-seat occupants and a somewhat narrow rear bench do reveal it as a compact. Trunk space is great, however.

In the 2013 model year, Buick has added a turbocharged Verano T, with a 2.0-liter turbo four with 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, coupled to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. On turbocharged versions, acceleration is quite strong, with 0-60 mph times of under 6.5 seconds. The manual transmission is an interesting option, giving the Verano a hint of sporty feel otherwise unavailable to it--but ultimately, a feature that seems less in character than its good automatic gearbox. While suspension tuning and steering effort have been dialed to a more sporting level, though, the Verano T remains a quiet, comfortable ride, with just a slight increase in ride firmness and steering heft.

The Verano quickly earned Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and it includes ten standard airbags; rear parking assist is optional. It's also rated at five stars for safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Verano was initially sold in a simplified lineup, with a stout list of standard features and just a few major option groups. IntelliLink strikes us as a connectivity interface that's simpler than MyFord Touch or Lexus' Enform, but one that accomplishes the same tasks; there's even Pandora and Stitcher streaming.

The turbocharged car is essentially an option package on the base car, but it brings with it a nine-speaker Bose audio system; leather seating surfaces; rear park assist; rearview camera; blind spot detection with cross-traffic alert; heated seats and a heated steering wheel. It's priced from just under $30,000, with the remaining options including features such as a power sunroof and voice-guided navigation system.


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