2017 Buick Cascada

Pros: Competitive pricing; distinctive styling; generous list of standard features; quiet cabin; stout-for-a-convertible body structure provides smooth ride and capable handling

Cons: Stingy back-seat space; poor rear visibility when top is up; limited trunk capacity when top is down; might not be quick enough for some convertible shoppers

CG Says: Following its introduction last year, Buick Cascada is essentially unchanged for 2017. A Sport Touring model with unique wheels is newly available. Cascada is a compact-sized 2-door convertible that we include in our Sporty/Performance Car category. The Cascada is based on a model from GM’s European Opel division and offers seating for four (though it’s billed as “2+2” seating, as the back seat area is pretty tight for adults). The sole engine offering is a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 200 horsepower and is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Cascada’s convertible top comes only as a soft top; a retractable hardtop is not available. Available safety features include forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning. The stylish Cascada capably fills an important niche in the droptop marketplace. It’s not as overtly sporty as a Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro convertible, and it’s significantly cheaper than an Audi A3 or BMW 228i. It may not be as quick and agile as those rivals (or as refined as the Audi and BMW), but Cascada nonetheless delivers a compelling mix of fun-in-the-sun style, practicality, and affordability.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Buick
Nation of Manufacture Poland
Base Prices Base: $33,065
Premium: $36,065
Sport Touring: $37,065

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
200
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27