2016 Buick Cascada

A stylish 4-passenger, 2-door convertible.

The2016 Buick Cascada is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Convertible Cars.

The 2016 Buick Cascada is the brand’s first convertible in decades, and it has a kind of relaxed charm about it that many recent Buick models are now embracing. As far as convertibles go, this Opel-based front-wheel drive 4-seater is hardly sporty, but it is rattle-free and has a very smooth ride along with a stiff, noticeably reinforced frame. The interior is relatively luxurious and wind noise is minimal with the fabric top raised.

Powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 that produces 200 horsepower, the 2-ton Cascada is not particularly swift. Rather, it questions the wisdom of being in a hurry when you have the wind in your hair, the sun at your back and plenty of legroom. Great convertibles don’t need to be fast to be enjoyable after all. The great Buick convertibles of yore, the Skylarks and Roadmasters, were never quick. The 2016 Buick Cascada aims to recapture some of that sunlit glory. In a way, despite having almost nothing in common with those old, full-size boulevardiers, it succeeds.

Heated seats are standard, along with a raft of safety features and some cool convenience gadgets like a robotic arm that pivots to allow front seat passengers easier access to seat belts. Over all, the Buick Cascada may be a repackaging, but it’s a very thoughtful one.

Warranty/Service: 6-year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty, 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, 2 year/24,000 mile scheduled maintenance

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Specs

Base Price: $36,065

As Tested: $36,065

  • 20 / 27 mpg
  • EPA
  • 8.4 sec
  • 0-60
  • 200 / 149 hp @ 5500
  • Horsepower
  • 125 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 1.6-liter Ecotec DOHC I-4 Turbo
  • Horsepower: 200 / 149 hp @ 5500
  • Torque: 221 / 300 @ 2200-4000
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 6T45
  • Curb Weight: 3,979 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 106.1 in
  • Length: 184.9 in
  • Width: 72.4 in
  • Height: 56.8 in
  • Turning circle: 38.7 ft
  • Brakes: four-wheel disc w/ABS and electronic stability control
  • Suspension: Front: HiPer Strut independent specifically tuned coil springs, rear: compound crank (torsion beam) with Watts Z-link
  • Traction: Stabilitrak-Stability Control
  • 0-60 mph: 8.4 sec
  • Top Speed: 125 mph
  • EPA City: 20 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 27 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 23 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Safety: 4-Wheel anti-lock brakes, air bags driver and passenger frontal knee and side-impact, tire pressure monitor with display

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