The attractively styled Buick Cascada combines turbocharged power, a spacious interior and premium appointments at an affordable price point. The Cascada also marks the return of a convertible to the Buick lineup, which is something the brand had not offered in more than two decades.
Buick Cascada Overview
The Buick Cascada is a four-passenger soft-top convertible and a welcome addition to the premium vehicle marketplace. European-inspired styling gives the Cascada plenty of curb appeal, and a nicely appointed interior includes power-adjustable leather seats and surprisingly good cargo space.
Introduced in 2016, the Buick Cascada is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and up to 221 pound-feet of torque when “overboosting.” Buick’s front-wheel drive convertible makes gear changes with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Cascada was designed exclusively as a convertible vehicle. Thanks to Buick’s singular focus, the attention to chassis rigidity provides an ideal platform for dialing in the steering and suspension without worrying about the levels of flex normally associated with a convertible. The resulting Cascada features precise steering and a comfortable and compliant ride.
The 2016 Buick Cascada includes a high level of convenience-oriented technology. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera and remote start come with the base model.
Standard navigation and a premium audio system are controlled through the Cascada’s central touch screen. A number of buttons on the center stack provide direct access to many of the Cascada’s features. USB and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity are also included, providing easy smartphone integration. Buick’s OnStar telematics system is included and features a 4G LTE data connection and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.
The Buick Cascada joins a relatively vacant luxury convertible marketplace with few competitors. Aimed directly at the Audi A3 convertible and the Lexus IS C, the Cascada’s competitive pricing and ample standard equipment are hard to beat.
If you are in the market for a drop-top, but less concerned with “premium” vehicle status there are plenty of convertibles that are worth taking a peek at. Excellent choices include the performance-oriented Ford Mustang, as well as the Mini Cooper, Fiat 500c and Volkswagen Beetle.