The 2017 Buick Cascada is a small luxury convertible with seating for up to 4 people. It comes with a front-wheel drive drivetrain and a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine that makes 200 horsepower. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that feels smooth and refined.

The Cascada offers a decent ride but lacks a sharp response on the corners. Bumpy roads may also transfer to the cabin, giving you a less than optimal driving experience. Although the Cascada does provide good sound insulation and has a larger trunk than most small convertibles.

The 2017 Cascada uses an outdated infotainment system and some people have complained that the controls are hard to reach. It has below average fuel economy for its class with 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Buick have added a new Sport Touring trim for the 2017 model year.

Performance

The 2017 Buick Cascada is able to generate a surprising amount of acceleration from such a small engine. It’s fitted with a turbocharged 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 200 horsepower. It’s paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that feels smooth and refined.

Reviewers are mixed regarding the performance of the Cascada. Some say it does an adequate job although can’t match it’s more powerful rivals. Others say they never felt the car was underpowered when driving. It’s more of a touring car than a sports car and has an acceleration from 0-60 mph of around 8 seconds.

The Cascada provides a smooth ride and is an enjoyable convertible to drive in. It comes as front-wheel drive and has composed and secure handling. The Cascada is comfortable on smooth roads but doesn’t perform well on poorly maintained streets.

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Interior

The Buick Cascada has seating for up to 4 people with a decent amount of passenger space. The trunk is quite large for a convertible and the cabin is well insulated from external noise.

Some reviewers have noted that the interior of the cabin is beginning to look dated. The infotainment system is outmoded compared to its rivals and some drivers have difficulty reaching the touch screen and controls. The base model comes with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Upgraded models also have forward collision warning and front parking sensors.

Price

The 2017 Buick Cascada has a base price of $33,065. It’s available in 3 trims, the Cascada, Cascada Premium and the Cascada Sport Touring. The Cascada Premium comes with a 7-inch touch-screen, lane departure warning and front and rear park assist. It has a starting price of $36,065. The top trim, the Sports Touring is available from $37,065.

Alternatives

Some alternative small luxury cars to the 2017 Buick Cascada are the 2017 Audi A4, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia and the 2016 BMW 4-Series.