The Exciting, Electrifying and Exhilarating Buick Cascada
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 5/13/2016, 2:13 p.m.
Buick has raised the bar. Four words with some clever marketing, innovative engineering, and edgy design have come together to transform the brand. The changes have not gone unnoticed as many do double takes as they say, “Is that a Buick?” A phrase I heard a lot of as I test drove the 2016 Buick Cascada Premium 1SP.
The Cascada is a welcomed sight to the Buick line up as it’s the first convertible in 25 years that Buick has released. Oh, was it worth the wait. The Cascada is one beautiful vehicle. Sitting on 20” alloy wheels, the Cascada has a wheelbase of 106.1” and length of 184.9”. As my eyes darted along the body of the Cascada, I fixated on the front end. It reminded me of flight travel. Headlights resembled that of a bird's wings gliding through the air. The grille fascia was similar to that of a bald eagle with a wide wing span in flight. Overall the body style of the Cascada is very pleasing to the eye with elongated lines.
On the road, the Buick Cascada is in one word, smooth. Much of the comfort of the ride has a lot to do with the suspension that gives a softer, quieter ride. A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is under the hood that produces 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Some have said that the Cascada isn’t much of a performance vehicle, which may be true. However, I say it depends on why you want the vehicle. In my opinion, a convertible symbolizes an easy going, care-free type of lifestyle. One in which you cruise through life. So the Buick Cascada fits me just fine.
I found the handling to be great. It hugged the road when it needed to and adjusted well to turns and curves with the weight it carries. Acceleration is not aggressive as it goes from 0-60 mph in about 8 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway for a combined city/hwy mpg of 23.
Riding in the Buick Cascada is comfortable. Front seats wrapped the body and provide lumbar support with heating controls. The backseat is not spacious but it is not uncomfortable either. Surprisingly, what was spacious for a convertible was the trunk area. Good job on that GM! The usual gear covers the front dash – radio, A/C and navigation controls. The Cascada is equipped with premium seven-speaker audio system and 7” touch color display. And for me, since it seems I am always in need of it, the vehicle’s 4G wifi powered by OnStar was my favorite feature.
Of course, the star feature is the top that comes down in 17 seconds with the push of a button. Now driving with the top down is a joy in-and-of-itself. But Buick engineers made this experience better with innovation. One of the most annoying things and best things about having the top down is wind that flows through your hair. A little wind is cool but too much can ruin the ride because 1) you can’t hear your passenger and 2) the wind beats you up. The Cascada helps that issue with wind screens. It is absolutely the greatest because they help divert the wind. Genius huh?
Standard equipment 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. Alerts for forward collision, lane departure, front and rear parking assist are awesome in helping drivers stay in tune with the road and what they are doing behind the wheel.
I found the Cascada to be the perfect vehicle for when you want to let your hair down and escape the norm. It is a very good distraction. It is weird calling it a practical vehicle but in a way it is because of all that it has and the price point. It’s within reach for most budgets starting at $33,065. But don’t confuse practical with boring. This vehicle is exciting, electrifying and exhilarating all-in-one. I had a blast behind the wheel and hated to let it go.
One doesn’t have to imagine themselves in the all new Buick Cascada, just go out and get it at your local Buick dealer or check it out online at www.buick.com