- Supple leather, quick-warming heated seats and steering wheel
- Relatively quiet interior with the top up
- Raise or lower the top in 17 seconds, at up to 31 MPH
- No hands-free keyless entry and no push-button start
- Cheap plastic trimmed interior that looks like it should be in a Chevy Sonic, not a "luxury" convertible
- Old-style interior dash and TFT in the center stack that feels dated and non-luxury.
Buick Cascada Expert Review
New For 2017:
A new Sport Touring model gets you a new blue exterior color, 20" wheels, sport pedals, and black interior trim along with a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel.
The 2017 Buick Cascada convertible is in its second model year here in the U.S. It gets an EPA estimated 20/27 mpg city/highway from its direct-injected, 200 hp,1.6L turbocharged I-4 engine, which puts out 207 lb-ft of torque just like it did in the 2016 model year. It is front-wheel drive and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard offerings in the 2017 Buick Cascada include available OnStar 4G LTE service along with a Wi-Fi hotspot, the 7" IntelliLink infotainment system that supports both Apple Car Play and Android Auto and can be optioned up to include navigation. You also get standard a standard heated steering wheel and front seats as well as standard rear view camera.
In the optional Premium trim the 2017 Buick Cascada gets additional safety features and convenience offerings like rain sensing wipers and automatic on/off headlight control with tunnel detection. Headlights are articulating HIDs and taillights are LEDs.
Step up to the new for 2017 Touring package and you'll get an additional color choice, 20" wheels, sport pedals, a black interior trim and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.
Neither NHTSA nor the IIHS has rated the 2016 or 2017 Buick Cascada because they don't generally rate low-volume convertibles.
The 2017 Buick Cascada comes with six standard airbags including dual frontal and knee air bags as well as seat-mounted-side impact airbags for the front seats. It also comes with ABS brakes with brake assist and Stabilitrak stability control system, as well as a set of automated, high-strength, steel rollover bars behind the rear seat. They are linked to the air bag system.
In the optional Premium trim, the 2017 Buick Cascada gets additional safety features like forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and front and rear park assist.
What We Think:
Buick has made big strides in the luxury market over the last ten years, but the 2016 Cascada we drove is not what we hoped it would be. ?The 2016 version felt dated with a dash crowded with buttons and a center TFT display in the binnacle that feels like something out of the 90s.
An impressive list of standard equipment is included on the base model including heated steering wheel and front seats. While it is a convertible, don't drive it like a sports car. Below 3,000 rpm it doesn't have a whole lot to offer and there is no sport mode or paddle shifters. The HiPer Strut front suspension and the Watts Z-link rear suspension keep the ride in the Cascada smooth, though there's too much softness in the brake pedal. ?You'll also have to actually put the key into the ignition to start the 2016 Buick Cascada.
Overall the 2016 Buick Cascada already felt old when we drove it.
The Buick Cascada is based on a car of the same name that's been available as an Opel (GM) in Europe since 2012. ?Buick hasn't made a convertible for the U.S. market for 25 years and this is the second model year of its first foray back into that market.