If you’re in the United States then the 2016 Buick Cascada may seem like a brand new car. The mid-size convertible is Buick’s first drop-top since the 1991 Reatta roadster, and it comes at a time when Buick is trying to reinvent their brand image here in the United States. Europeans, however, have been rolling around in the Cascada since 2013 courtesy of GM subsidiary brands Opel, Vauxhall, and Holden.
The Cascada is an attractive-looking, mid-size convertible with decent performance and economy figures, but with a driver base that is currently unknown.
2016 Buick Cascada Exterior
The 2016 Buick Cascada is a departure from the style of other current Buick models and takes chances with designs. Featuring a steeply raked windshield, large 20-inch alloy wheels, and a power top that lowers in a mere 17-seconds, the Cascada is an attractive automobile with the top up or down.
Projector beam headlamps with LED surrounds and a stylized lower bumper treatment give the impression of performance. There’s also a long, narrow European license plate insert in the front fascia. A brushed aluminum beltline surrounds the body and gives the Cascada an immediate air of elegance. The rear deck-lid, with its shark fin antenna and sculpted lip spoiler, denote a sporty side.
Visually, the Cascada crisp body lines make you feel like you should be cruising down California’s Pacific Cast Highway or running along the French Riviera. By all accounts, this is an attractive automobile with great styling and a wonderful road presence. In short, they got this one right.
2016 Buick Cascada Interior
With an as-tested price of $36,065.00* (base price is $33,065.00*), the interior straddles the line between luxury and sport, feeling right at home in this price range. Inviting and comfortable, the interior of the 2016 Buick Cascada is a fine place to be. Designed with the casual commuting consumer in mind, the Cascada favors comfortable seats and easy-to-use controls in favor of sport-minded tech and gadgetry.
Switches with chrome trim rings, faux brushed aluminum accents, and leather door inserts sporting contrasting stitching give the interior a feeling of quality. A recessed 7-inch touchscreen allows access to apps like Pandora and Stitcher, there’s integrated navigation, and Bluetooth functionality allows streaming for phone calls and saved music.
Use of the convertible top is a snap. Lowering takes a mere 17 seconds while closing is completed in just 19 seconds. It should also be noted that either function can be done at speeds of up to 31 mph. Wind buffeting with the top down was very good so rest assured that your hat will stay on and your hair will remain un-flustered. The in-car microphone used for Bluetooth communication was also very good and, with the top down and at speeds of up to 65 mph, conversations can be heard clearly with little wind interference.
Occupants are treated to a quiet interior when cruising with the top up.
2016 Buick Cascada Performance:
Enjoying the Cascada on the open road is a delight. Being a Buick means it was built with the luxury car buyer in mind and the suspension reflects that. Softly sprung and exhibiting a fair amount of body roll when pushed, the 2016 Buick Cascada is tuned more for a leisurely ride through the country than a jaunt down your favorite back road. The 1.6L turbocharged inline-4 under the hood produces 200hp and 206-lb.ft. of torque and features direct injection. A 6-speed automatic transmission puts power to the front wheels and offers stable acceleration. Due to a curb weight of 3,947-lbs., reaching 60-mph takes 8.5-seconds, however, much of the weight goes into structural support. The 2016 Buick Cascada delivers 27 mpg highway, 20 mpg city, and 23 mpg overall**.
Braking performance was adequate; the key is to keep in mind that you’re not piloting a luxury, sporty roadster, but a mid-size convertible that was meant to simply cruise and provide owners with reliable open air enjoyment.
2016 Buick Cascada Safety:
Buick has equipped the 2016 Cascada to ensure not only your safety, but enjoyment when cruising with the top up or down. It features automated rollover pop-up bars, driver and passenger frontal, knee and side-impact airbags, antilock brakes, tire pressure monitoring, a rear vision camera, and available Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.
2016 Buick Cascada Overall:
I get Buick’s decision to bring the Cascada to the United States, as it’s a great looking convertible. It comes in six different colors, has all the bells and whistles you could want, and is a decent alternative to other domestics at under $38k fully loaded.
To see if you’d enjoy this European-themed convertible, please call or drop by your local AutoNation-affiliated Buick store to test drive the 2016 Buick Cascada today!
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.