What Is It?
The 2016 Buick Cascada is a soft-top convertible that offers four seats, front-wheel drive and a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine. Like Buick’s Regal sedan, the Cascada is borrowed from GM’s European lineup, where it’s sold as the Opel Cascada. Only a few modifications distinguish the U.S.-market Cascada from its European cousin.
On the outside, the Cascada offers a simple convertible look: no rear pillars, a large trunk to hold the folding soft-top and smooth, almost bland, styling and lines. Inside, the Cascada’s interior strongly resembles other Buick models, with a button-filled center control stack, a center-mounted touchscreen and traditional Buick touches such as the brand’s 3-spoke steering wheel and gauge cluster.
Under the hood, the Cascada boasts a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. Don’t let the word “turbocharged” fool you: We suspect the Cascada will be aimed at shoppers looking for a relaxed ride rather than a high-strung drop-top sports car.
Buick hasn’t announced final pricing, but we’d expect the Cascada to start in the low-$30,000 range when it comes stateside.
When Can You Get It?
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
There aren’t many convertibles left, and there are even fewer convertibles aimed at drivers interested in a relaxed, luxurious experience rather than a high-performance sports car. Although the 2016 Buick Cascada likely won’t be the first choice for car enthusiasts, it’s a great vehicle for shoppers who want a relaxed, stylish drop-top that doesn’t require deep pockets like some high-end competitors do. Buick’s excellent IntelliLink infotainment system and a fuel-efficient 1.6-liter engine are icing on the cake.
Other Cars to Consider
Volkswagen Eos — Although the Eos is on its way out the door, interested shoppers can have one now, rather that waiting nearly a year for the Cascada. It’s expensive, but it features a folding hardtop rather than the Cascada’s soft-top.
Used Audi A5 — While the Audi A5 Cabriolet’s starting price of around $43,500 was initially prohibitive for many shoppers, used models are far more affordable. The A5 also features a well-designed interior with surprisingly roomy back seats.
Used Lexus IS 250 C— With starting prices hovering around $42,000, Lexus’s IS 250 C was a pricey proposition when new. But used examples offer better bang for your buck, plus a plush, high-quality interior.