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2019 Buick Cascada

Starting at $33,995

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Michael Simari|Car and Driver

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By Drew Dorian


Buick knows that sometimes it's more fun to drop your top—hence the Cascada. Built by Opel in Europe, the Cascada shares nearly everything—including its name—with the German automaker's version. Despite entering the U.S. market in 2016, the Cascada is destined to be discontinued after the 2019 or 2020 model year.

Engines, Ride, and Handling

All Cascadas come with the same 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower; front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic are standard. It's not much of an athlete as its suspension and chassis are tuned better for cruising boulevards than spirited driving. Despite its sleek looks, the Cascada weighs almost two tons, which hinders acceleration. In our test, it took 8.3 seconds to hit 60 mph—much slower than rival convertibles such as the Audi A3 and the BMW 2-series.

Interior and Technology

More important is that the top can drop in 17 seconds and at speeds of up to 31 mph. With the top down, occupants can bask in the sun and feel the wind in their hair. Rear-seat space is tight but two adults will fit comfortably up front with power-adjustable heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and leather upholstery. Trunk space is 13.4 cubic feet with the top up and 9.8 with the top down. All models come with a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation and a 4G LTE onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. Driver-assistance features are offered, but they're basic and require buying the Premium or Sport Touring models.


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