What Is It?
2016 Buick Cascada
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Buick Cascada is an all-new model in the brand's lineup. It's a midsize, soft-top convertible with room for four passengers. At 184.9 inches long, the Cascada is nearly 3 inches longer than the Lexus IS 250 convertible. The standard four-cylinder engine drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Sales of the Buick Cascada will begin in early 2016.
How Much Does It Cost?
No pricing has been announced for the Cascada. Given its level of features, size and performance, we expect the Cascada to start in the low $30,000s.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The Cascada will come as a two-door, soft-top convertible only when it arrives next year. Buick has not released details on trim levels.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 1.6-liter four-cylinder: 200 horsepower, 206 pound-feet of torque
- Six-speed automatic
- Front-wheel drive
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The standard power-folding soft top on the Cascada lowers in 17 seconds and will do so at speeds of up to 31 mph.
Speaking of speeds, the Cascada will also offer onboard 4G LTE WiFi capability in addition to Siri Eyes Free and Buick's latest IntelliLink navigation system.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi A3 Convertible: An all-new convertible from Audi, the A3 is also a four-passenger soft top with a four-cylinder engine. With a base price of $35,600, the A3 will likely sit slightly above the Cascada on the price scale.
BMW 2 Series Convertible: Another new four-passenger convertible, the 2 Series offers both four- and six-cylinder engines. Prices start at $38,000 and go as high as $50K for fully loaded versions.
Lexus IS C: The only hardtop convertible in this group, the Lexus IS C offers both four- and six-cylinder models along with optional all-wheel drive. With a base price of just over $43K, the Lexus is also the most expensive car in this group.
Should You Wait for It?
If you're looking for a comfortable, spacious and well-appointed convertible that won't break the bank, the Cascada is worth the wait. Its 200-hp engine isn't going to make it desirable for performance-minded drivers, but for less enthusiastic shoppers it should deliver precise handling and a serene ride.