2016 Buick Cascada

2016 Cascada re-launches Buick into the sporty realm

May/June 2016
Jim Prueter
2016 Buick Cascada
2016 Buick Cascada
2016 Buick Cascada
It’s been 25 years since shoppers were able to buy a new Buick convertible. The Reatta, a nice-looking, elegant, two-seat sport tourer was offered back in 1990 and 1991.
 
But now comes the Buick Cascada (Spanish for “waterfall”), which already has been on sale in Europe as the Opel Cascada. The new convertible is visually striking, with an extremely raked windshield, wedge body shape, and attractive wing-shaped LED taillights. 
 
Cascada uses an insulated three-layer top that opens in 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph, storing neatly behind a hard Tonneau cover. It closes in 19 seconds.
 
Inside, front seats are roomy and comfortable. Rear seat access to any convertible has always been problematic, but with the Cascada, the problem has been solved. Simply fold the front seat and it electronically slides forward. Jump in, flip the seat back, and it automatically slide back until it makes contact with your knees. Then, it slides forward a few inches and comes to a stop.
 
Heated leather seats with hand stitching in either black or tan come standard. Also standard are a heated steering wheel, rear-vision camera, audio system with navigation, 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, and rear-park assist.
 
The Premium trim level includes forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, rain-sensing wipers, and front- and rear-seat air deflectors.
 
The overall look of the interior, while generally attractive, falls short of a premium appearance. The center stack also is one hot mess of 47 different buttons.
 
The Cascada runs on a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine rated at 200 horsepower, and power is delivered to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. I wished for a bit more horsepower, but found handling to be responsive and steering precise.
 
Overall, Cascada is a good car for the money and Buick loyalists should be more than pleased with it.
JIM PRUETER, an automotive writer based in Phoenix, has provided reviews and advice about cars for more than 20 years.

Details

Fuel Economy
  • 10 MPG City
  • 27 MPG Highway
Key Safety Features
  • Front-, side-, and knee-airbags
  • Rear-roll bar protection
  • Forward-collision alert
  • Lane-departure warning
The Good
  • Stylish, attractive design
  • Roomy, comfortable interior
  • Loaded with standard equipment
The Bad
  • Confusing array of operating buttons
  • Impaired rear vision with no blind-spot warning system
  • Dated technology functions
Vehicle Type:
Convertible
Base Price:
$33,065
As Tested:
$37,385

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