New 2019 Buick Cascada Convertible
Buick Cascada Convertible
In the 2019 Buick Cascada, you’ll find a handsome convertible with room for four adults, a plethora of luxury and a very reasonable price.
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The 2019 Buick Cascada convertible looks to be off to a good start, with sales exceeding those of the the Audi A3 and A5 convertibles combined. Maybe the Cascada has found a sweet spot, sporty enough to satisfy most drivers without the large price tag of its BMW and Audi competitors, yet more sophisticated than the hyper-masculine Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro. Powered by a 200-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, the Cascada isn’t going to pose much of a challenge to the above mentioned competitive set, but with the only other sub-$35,000 4-passenger convertibles being the diminutive Mini Cooper, VW Beetle and Fiat 500, it appears the Cascada has the dance floor all to itself.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you love open-air driving but need something larger and more functional than a subcompact 2-seater, the 2019 Buick Cascada might be just what you’ve been looking for. Reasonably priced and well-equipped, this 4-passenger luxury drop-top is sporty, easy on gas and quite the looker.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you’re seeking a luxury convertible with a strong performance resume, a BMW 2 Series or Audi A3 makes a better choice. The Cascada is only available with front-wheel drive and a soft-top, and while the Buick name may impress some, it’s not in the same league as its German rivals.
What's New for 2019
For 2019, the Buick Cascada gets a few new color combinations including expanding the availability of Sport Red beyond the Dark Effects package.
This is the perfect car for that lazy Sunday drive up the coast. With top down you can feel the sun on your face, hear the waves crashing into the sand and smell the salty sea air. The 2019 Buick Cascada is sporty, but it isn’t a sports car. It’s a cruiser, not a bruiser. At 4,000 pounds, the 200-horsepower convertible is adequately spunky, delivering good acceleration with only the faintest hint of turbo lag. Its 6-speed automatic transmission isn’t exactly state of the art, but its gear changes are smooth. Still, the Buick is slower than its rivals with a 0-60-mph time of over 8.0 seconds. We also wouldn’t pit it against a BMW 2 Series in the corners, despite its standard 20-inch wheels and tires. But the roomy and comfortable Buick Cascada is a fantastic Sunday drive companion, with a smooth ride, a rigid structure and lightly weighted and responsive steering.
AUTOMATIC ROLL-OVER POP-UP BARS
Because not everyone is comfortable with the idea of zipping along without a protective metal roof overhead, Buick equips the 2019 Cascada with a set of spring-loaded roll bars. The system will deploy if the airbags activate, or if the car senses a rollover event is eminent.
DRIVER CONFIDENCE PACKAGE
Standard on the Premium and Sport Touring trims, this package includes such essential driver assists as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning plus front and rear parking assist, automatic high beams and rain-sensing wipers. Oddly, there is no adaptive cruise-control option.
The 2019 Buick Cascada’s interior is a pleasant place with room for four average-size adults. The front seats are extremely comfortable, elegantly styled with subtle patterns and contrasting stitching. Things aren’t so harmonious when it comes to the dash, however, with a dated design littered with small black buttons controlling the audio and climate controls. With the top in place, Buick’s Quiet Tuning keeps road noise to a minimum. Retracting the top opens the cabin to the full force of rushing air, as well as removes nearly four cubic feet from the generous 13.4-cubic-foot trunk.
At nearly 185 inches in length, the Cascada is 10 inches longer and several inches wider than a BMW 2 Series. This added size gives the Cascada a strong presence, with sculpted sides, pronounced wheel arches and a swooping rear quarter punctuated by a winged Buick crest logo. Regrettably, the Cascada’s bold design doesn’t carry over to the front-end styling, with a rather generic GM headlight and grille design that reveals the Cascada’s Opel heritage. The car looks best with its top retracted, but even when in place, the 2019 Cascada displays a classic hardtop profile, especially with all its windows rolled down.
Notable Standard Equipment
To enhance the new Buick Cascada’s appeal, both base and the Premium variants come with a bounty of up-line features that complement the excellent soft top, and a full range of power assists. Highlighting that formidable roster are auto-controlled high-intensity headlights, heat-reflective leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel and seats, Buick's IntelliLink system with a 7.0-inch color display, OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot, Siri Eyes Free for iOS phones, a navigation system, dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, Rear Park Assist, electric seatbelt presenters, dual 12V powerpoints, and spring-loaded/pyrotechnically activated pop-up roll-over bars behind the rear seat linked to the car’s seatbelt system.
Notable Optional Equipment
Options are a relatively rare commodity on the 2019 Buick Cascada. Save for a few extra-cost exterior colors, all versions of the Cascada convertible are mono-spec offerings. The only upgrades included on the Cascada Premium and Sport Touring models add Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, front as well as rear Park Assist, tunnel detection for the automatic-headlight control, Rainsense automatic wipers, front/rear air deflectors, and a unique “diamond-graphic” finish on the wheels on the Premium and a Sterling Silver finish on the Sport Touring. The popular Dark Effects Package adds dark exterior trim, red interior stitching and piano-black interior trim.
Under the Hood
There’s just one powertrain for all three variants of Buick’s 2019 Cascada convertible: a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that drives the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. Part of GM’s new-generation Ecotec family, this free-revving four boasts direct injection and continuously variable-valve timing that help it turn out 200 horsepower -- a heady 125 horsepower per liter. It also develops 207 lb-ft of torque from 1,800-4,500 rpm, which can be cranked up to 221 lb-ft in 10-second bursts thanks to an overboost function. A remapping of throttle response also helps enhance the car’s pleasantly brisk acceleration. The modest downside to that enthusiasm is fuel economy. With EPA ratings of 21/29-city/highway mpg, the Cascada falls well shy of best in class.
1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
200 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
207 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-4,500 rpm (221 lb-ft @ 2,200-4,000 rpm w/overboost)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 mpg
The 2019 Buick Cascada in base 1SV trim has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just under $34,000, while the Premium model with its active/passive driver assists opens at the slightest nudge under $37,000. The Sport Touring adds another $1,000 to the bottom line. The Premium’s price is roughly where the Audi A3 and BMW 2 Series convertibles commence and while domestic drop-top alternatives like the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro start lower, neither of those models includes standards like leather, power seats and navigation, items that further burnish the Cascada’s overall value story. Before you set out to purchase, be sure to check KBB’s Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for the 2019 Buick Cascada in your area. We expect the Cascada to hold average resale values a few points below the BMW 2 Series and Ford Mustang, but on par with the Audi A3 Cabriolet.
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Buick Cascada Consumer Reviews
May 29, 2018
Same lux as a BMW - Best affordable convertible
When I drive it most of the people give me thumbs up on the street when the roof is down, they say it looks like a Mbenz from the front...
March 19, 2017
Great beach car
Great looking car. Get lots of comments. High jealousy facture. Good acceleration. Not bad gas mileage. Love the top.
January 14, 2017
A great looker
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...
October 14, 2016
Terrific value. better than BMW and others
Great looking, especially with the top down, and driving car. Many guys have stopped to ask me about it. Mine is coconut with beige...
July 25, 2016
LOVE THIS CAR!
I first saw this car in the Super Bowl commercial, and had to have it. I love everything about it. I love that it doesn't look like a...
May 21, 2016
sporty, slick, sexy
I bought this car 3 weeks ago. Many compliments on how good it looks...Black with black top and black interior. Too early to tell on...
July 14, 2018
terrific fun car2 drive.convertible top excellent
ragtop material is excellent , also the mechanics of it excellent. Terrific radio even with the top down.handles like a euro car, great...
October 03, 2016
Great Car - Practical and Fun
I'm 6'4, 350lbs, and I fit in this car. I traded my Nissan Maxima, and this car moves along just fine. Its not 0-60 in under 6 seconds...
May 10, 2016
I test drove it and made a deal. It handles better then my brothers bmw (don't tell buick they might change it). It is comfortable for...
April 11, 2017
This isnt a Roadmaster or Park Avenue...
After seeing this model sitting at my local Buick dealer all winter, I finally made the effort to LOOK at this car and made a great last...
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