11.14.16 - Buick Cascada

The Buick lineup has been mired for the past couple decades with boring models that weren’t what we wanted to drive. Marked as a brand that was only for the retired generations this brand sought out to remake itself and become more youthful and driven to perform and impress. The Buick Cascada came to the lineup for 2016 and is a car that signifies the comeback for this brand to be impressive once again. It had been 25 years since Buick had a convertible on its roster and now the Cascada shows itself as an impressive and elegant convertible that we can love to drive.

For those who have been to Europe in the recent past, you may have seen an Opel brand car of the same name driving around and wondered why we didn’t have it in the US, now we do. In fact not only is the Buick version the same as the Opel one, Buick takes it a step farther by offering you more luxury features and an improved suspension to make it easier for you to enjoy the ride and have the items you want to have on your car.

You won’t find a lot of four-seat convertible cars on the market unless you move up to the much higher brand names and look at their 2 + 2 models, but many of these don’t come as convertible models at all. This car is one that you can enjoy the drive in and understand how much comfort you and your passengers will enjoy. Not only will you be able to have the drive in a classy looking convertible that offers you excellent items to choose from and a ride that’s perfect for you, the Cascada comes in at a lower price than most of the German models in this class.

While we will look at the list of features soon, there are a couple that stand out among the many that are offered. The power activated soft top is a great item for you to enjoy and it can raise or lower in 17 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph. This makes it easy for you to enjoy the ride and have a dramatic exit or entrance. This top also makes it easy to keep the heat in and the noise out, something that many soft top convertibles struggle with. The other notable feature is the easy to access rear seat that uses a power move forward feature on the front seats to allow passengers to make their way to the back without any real struggle at all.

Looking at the base model, you’ll be able to enjoy the automatic HID headlights, heat reflective leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated seats, the Buick IntelliLink system that uses a 7.0-inch color screen, the OnStar system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Siri Eyes Free, a navigation system, dual zone automatic climate controls, a rearview camera, Rear Parking assistance, electric seatbelt presenters, dual 12-Volt power points and spring loaded/pyrotechnically activated popup roll bars that are positioned behind the rear seat and are lined to the seatbelt system.

Looking to the options of this car you can enjoy a choice of colors and moving up to the Premium and Sport Touring models you can add a suite of safety features such as Forward Collision Alerts, Lane Departure Warnings, front and rear Parking Assist, tunnel detection, automatic windshield wipers, front and rear air deflectors, a diamond graphic finish on the wheels of the Premium and a Sterling Silver finish on the Sport Touring wheels.

There is only one engine offered for this car and it’s a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder model that brings you 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission which makes it able to provide 20 city/27 hwy mpg. Overall, this new Buick Cascada is a car that you can easily love to drive. It offers you the comfort and luxury features you want to enjoy, comes at a reasonable price and looks and feels more like a youthful and exuberant car that has some European driving manners. This is a car you must come take a look at when you stop by your nearby Buick dealer.