Buick has not had a convertible in its repertoire for nearly 25 years, which is why the 2017 Cascada convertible is such a milestone in the company’s comeback story. Introduced last year, the Cascada is actually an Opel bearing the same name in Europe. Buick’s version of course gets more luxury features as well as an enhanced suspension and all those little touches Americans love. The front-drive 2017 Buick Cascada convertible isn’t just a 2-person affair; it’s a roomy 2+2 with a decent-size trunk making it a worthy rival to cars like the BMW 2 Series, Audi A3 and VW Beetle drop-tops. A 200-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged engine powers all three Cascada trims, including the new Sport Touring.
"Great looking, especially with the top down, and driving car. Many guys have stopped to ask me about it. Mine is coconut with beige interior; very unusual and eye catching. Quick top down, all windows are express and it has most of the newest technology. Decent gas mileage and good acceleration."
Pros: "Fun to drive, lots of useful features, affordable"
Cons: "Front wheel drive vs all weel drive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I saw the Buick Cascada advertised during the Super Bowl last year. Liked its look, so I went to a Buick dealer to check it out and if possible test drive one. There was only one dealer who had one available, and they agreed to the test drive. Right after the test drive I ordered a fully equipped Cascada. By ordering I was able to get exactly what I wanted; the exterior color,(flip chip silver metallic, the wheel style and the interior color (light neutral). Everything else was standard. Took three month to get the Cascada, it is manufactured by the German automaker Opel. Once it arrived, it looked better than I remembered, and from the very first day, I enjoy driving the car more and more each day. The major features have been addressed by previous reviews, so I am not going to revisit, but I would like to address the poor visibility with the top up comment. By spending a bit of time adjusting the side and rear view mirrors a poor visibility can be overcome. Because of the curvature of the side view mirrors, once adjusted correctly, almost half of the road behind you together with what's next to you is visible in each side view mirror. There are numerous other small, but well thought out features that I came to appreciate. As an example, all the gages are back lit, but the pointer or needle of the gauges acts as a fiber optic device and projects a red dot on the scale of the gauge making it easy to read at dusk. An other feature that I like is that you can have the navigation instructions displayed on the small screen between the gauges, thus leaving the large touch screen available for other uses. Yes the display is small so there is no map, but your next turn and instructions are displayed together with a decreasing bar chart indicating how close you are to the turn. In conclusion I would like to say that I am very happy with the Buick Cascada, it handles extremely well (sure footed); it is solid and has more than enough acceleration when needed. The fun factor of driving a great looking convertible is a given."
Pros: "Quiet, solid handling, great convertible top"
Cons: "impact harshness at full tire pressures, mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This car is Buick's modern iteration of the 60s boulevard cruiser, but it is much more nimble than those rides. Our car is blue with a black top and the cream interior.
Let's address the experts' perceived "negatives" first:
The buttons--once you read the manual and learn the systems, you rarely need to touch the touch screen and the buttons become second nature and you can feel them without looking down much. Indeed, once you learn the function of the chrome ring "selector" around the large oval dial in the middle of the stack, life gets much easier.
The weight--the car's driving dynamics are very good--stopping, steering, even acceleration, as it is geared to scoot at low speeds. I do not mean to suggest it is a 0-60 burner, but acceleration is more than adequate for any normal driving, like merging onto a freeway. Gas mileage is not good because of the gearing and weight, but that is not a factor to me.
The ride impact harshness--Buick recommends 35 lbs for its big, 20 inch tires. I lowered pressures to 30 pounds and the car rides much better, still handles great, and so far no nibbles at the wear arrows. I suspect Buick spec'd the high pressures to get to the 20 mpg mark in the city driving cycle. If you don't want to change from the spec'd pressures, buy some new 18 inch, 45-50 series tires and wheels and forget about the problem.
The car looks great--turns lots of heads. Paint finish is very good. Front seats are super comfortable (we got the cream interior with perforated leather seats, reflective sun coating, and seat heaters) and the back seat is big enough to take two real adults to dinner (Front seats move forward electrically to allow access). Materials seem good, but maybe it could use more soft touch stuff. Stitching on the dash and wheel looks great, and the trim bits are nice. The audio system sounds very good.
The roof gives a quiet ride up, and drops/raises with the touch of one button. Totally water-tight in a touchless car wash. Visibility with the top up is typically poor, like many verts.
Steering and braking feel are first rate. Drives very nimbly, although it is not intended to be a sports car.
Trunk space is fine for a vert, and the car has one-touch pass-through rear seats.
Price--At its price point of about 38K, it has no real competition in the "adult" vert range (Camaro and Mustang need not apply). We looked at the BMW 2 series, all of which in inventory were priced in the mid-40s and had a kiddie-only back seat. A 4 year old CPO Mercedes is a nice option, but it is 4 years old and maintenance on them is expensive. The Buick dealer gives 2 years' free maintenance, and the full warranty is 4 years, 50K miles.
Summary: If you understand what this car is intended to be, it is a pretty good deal. If you expect a sports car, you will be disappointed. If you want a 4 seat cruiser that does the job well, it is fine. Just lower the tire pressures!"