2017 Buick Cascada Review, Redesign and Release date

2017 Buick Cascada

Buick is alive and kicking with the introduction of the 2017 Buick Cascada. First unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, the car has been credited for being comfortable and competitively priced. However, a few downsides could push people to lean in favor of other competing brands. One of the biggest challenges for the Buick Cascada Convertible is that there are many other midsize convertibles out there. The difference with the Casada is that it is classified as a cruiser, so the engineers at General Motors have tuned the suspension accordingly. Drivers can expect a smooth ride with sporty handling.

A sporty and aerodynamic design but one that lacks brilliance or head turning risks

2017 Buick Cascada Engine Specs

The underbelly of the beast consists of a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. You would expect it to be rev happy but in fact, it’s acceleration is lackluster, to say the least. That said it’s worth mentioning that not many convertibles in this price range are acceleration beasts on the street. When it comes to 0-60 figures, there aren’t any official ones, and that’s maybe because its sluggish.

Buick Cascada Interior

The Buick Cascada Convertible does have an attractive interior layout, but that’s until you actually step into it. The hard plastic materials have the vibes of a low-end car. The array of dashboard switches and various knobby controls make operating it’s few features a chore. We felt that the infotainment system in the Cascada Convertible was dated both in terms of operation and appearance. You’re not going to find features such as blind spot monitoring, or keyless start.

Moving on over to the rear passenger seat and you’ll be greeted with enough room for two large passengers. Access to the back is further made easier with the option to move the seat forward. A large truck is made larger with split folding back seats so you can transport longer items like a clothes’ rack.

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Compared to the more luxurious and expensive Audi A3, and BMW 2 series convertibles the Cascada does not offer much. Also, in the same price range are the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible and the popular Mini Cooper Convertible both of which are stiff competitors, fun to drive but don’t offer as much room as the Cascada.

An extremely busy entertainment panel can make using it a chore
An extremely busy entertainment panel can make using it a chore

 

2017 Cascada Exterior Design

The Buick Cascada Convertible 2017 is available in three trims i.e. Base, Premium, and Sports Touring. Equipment with the base model include 20 inch alloy rims, a convertible top, xenon lights, rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, heated seats, leather upholstery, folding rear seats, a 7-inch touch display, smartphone connectors, voice controls, rearview camera, a 7 speaker sound setup, satellite radio, USB connectors and a CD player.

The new Sports Touring trim was introduced in the 2017 model, and we first glimpsed it at the Detroit Auto show. The trim consists of a unique paint color and strange looking alloy rims. Also, there is a black interior trim and a steering wheel with a flat bottom.

In terms of design the Buick Cascada Convertible takes no risks, and so there is nothing groundbreaking about it. We found that the paint was of reasonably good quality. The lights tapered well with the fenders and the roof retracted in under 10 seconds. However, we’d expect to see something that looked sportier in this price range. That said not many competing vehicles are as aerodynamic or sportier for the price. So, here again despite there being a lot of competing vehicles some people may prefer the Buick simply because it’s conservative design appeals to their tastes. Though others may probably want to spend more on an Audi or BMW.

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2017 Buick Cascada
The Buick Cascada does not take any design risks

Specs

  • Wheelbase: 106.1 in
  • Length:62.5 in
  • Width: 72.4 in
  • Max Speed: N/A
  • 0-60 mph: N/A
  • Passenger volume: Front Legroom: 42.2 in, Back Leg room: 32.8 in
  • Storage volume: 13.4 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 3979 lbs.
  • MPG (miles per gallon) for both city and highway: 20/27 mpg
  • Available exterior colors: Sports red, True Blue, Flip Chip Silver, Deep Sky Metallic, Toasted Coconut, Summit White, Ebony Twilight, Smoked Pearl
  • Towing capacity: N/A

Price

The base model 2017 Buick Cascada Convertible starts at $33,065. Obviously expect to pay more for added optional features or other trims.

A safe design as advertised by Buick
A safe design as advertised by Buick

Release Date

Currently out in the United States and Canada. So, you can lease or buy it outright directly from Buick and participating dealerships.

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