- Handsomely shaped
- In-a-pinch rear seats
- Quiet driving, top up or down
- Understated look won’t turn heads
- Putting the top down cuts cargo space
- Ride can be bumpy, juddery
- Cluttered instrument panel
- Lacks very latest safety gear
The 2016 Buick Cascada is built for days when the best driving is done with the top down.
The Cascada doesn’t break any new styling ground. It's not a flamboyant look at all, just an attractive one with some subtle European themes showing through its Buick badges. It has a pleasant, rakish profile, and some pronounced side-body sculpting, with a crease that starts behind the wheel wells and arcs back into the taillights. Wing-shaped LED running lamps frame a petite waterfall grille, while chrome bars ring the passenger cell and trim the trunk lid tastefully.
Buick Cascada comfort, safety, and features
Top-down driving is the Cascada's forte. Its thickly lined convertible lid can be lowered or raised in under 17 seconds, while the car is moving as fast as 31 mph—so stoplight maneuvers are in its wheelhouse.
That will come as great news for the front passengers that get to enjoy the best of the Cascada, including its well-bolstered front seats. They sit a bit higher than in some compact cars, but have great long-distance support shaped into their cushions, and have power control and heating. The back seat is much less adult-friendly; it's narrow and has low-mounted seats, but also gets sensors that block front seats from moving too far back.
The Cascada has 13.4 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up, but just 9.8 cubic feet with it down. The top slides in place under a built-in cover ahead of the decklid, and a blocker panel permits luggage loading under the area where the top stacks. The rear seatbacks fold forward for more cargo capacity.
As for safety, the Cascada hasn't yet been crash-tested, but there’s an active rollover safety system that deploys to protect passengers involved in a rollover accident. All Cascadas get a rearview camera and rear parking sensors; an option package adds forward-collision warnings and front parking sensors, but adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist are not offered.
Standard equipment on the Cascada includes power windows, locks, and mirrors; eight-way power front seats; a rearview camera and rear parking sensors; remote start; a heated steering wheel; and leather trim. The Cascada's infotainment system has a smaller, lower-resolution screen than many other Buicks—it's a half-step behind the times, though the Cascada does also offer an OnStar 4G LTE data connection with built-in wi-fi hotspot, as well as text-message alerts, navigation, and Siri Eyes Free compatibility.
Pricing starts at $33,990 for the standard Cascada, and rises to just under $37,000 for a convertible equipped with the optional safety equipment. At those reasonable sticker prices, the Cascada proves there's plenty of room on the roads for a vacation-ready convertible that isn't a Mustang or a Camaro or a Miata—and doesn't dream of being one of that holy ragtop trinity.