2016 Buick Cascada
We’re not quite at the time where Buick’s jaw dropping concepts, like the Avenir or Avista exist as a whole…but this 2016 Buick Cascada showed us the venerable brand is indeed looking to the future.
Maybe it was the uncanny arrival of warm weather right as this drop top rolled on to our lot, but we thoroughly enjoyed our drive time.
Now, when we say drive time, we mean cruising backroads, which proved a very pleasant affair. Even though there is no pretense about high performance, the Cascada is about as solid as they come, soaking up any shakes, rattles, and body twists that typically plague non-high buck convertibles. Steering and handling are impressive, keeping the car stable as a table. A lot of hardtops don’t feel this good.
Power from a 1.6 liter turbo I4 didn’t exactly wow us, even with a healthy 200 horsepower. But, most will find it adequate. The six speed auto and front wheel drive setup doesn’t really scream fun.
But the looks sort of do. Those familiar with the GM’s European arm Opel may recognize the Cascada, and, thankfully, not much was done to “American-ize” it. The look is sleek and simple. Inside, more of the same, but with features well outside its price class like automatic seat belt presenters, motorized front seats for easy rear seat access, and one of the smoothest operating top mechanisms we’ve ever seen. The split rear seats also fold for practicality.
On sale now, the 2016 Buick Cascada starts around $34,000.
Engine: 1.6 liter turbo I4
Price: Starts around $34,000