2017 Buick Cascada Review


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2017 Buick Cascada Overview

After making a grand re-entrance to the convertible segment for Buick last year, the Cascada will be back for 2017. A sleek European convertible with American packaging, the Cascada hails from GM's German subsidiary, Opel (which also markets the model as the Cascada), and has proven itself to be an important car for Buick. According to the automaker, demand for its Cascada has greatly outpaced supply, and 64% of Cascada buyers traded in non-GM vehicles when purchasing. With numbers like that, it's no wonder Buick feels the Cascada has earned its keep and is therefore bringing it back to the U.S. for another year.

A spunky 4-seat ragtop, the Cascada will again be offered with a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine pumping 200 hp to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. That'll return 20 mpg city/27 highway/23 combined.

While it should not see too many changes from 2016 to 2017, expect a few minor tweaks to the Cascada for the new model year. Buick has been largely mum on what these changes will be, but we expect (and hope) to see additions to the Cascada's color selections, which were a little drab and conservative last year.

The Cascada should come in 2 trims—Convertible and Premium (both of which are convertibles, actually). The base Convertible should again come in around $34,000, while the Premium will likely start around $37,000.

Choose the base trim and you'll get a stylish convertible with some serious standard equipment. Hop in and the first thing you're likely to notice is the heated leather front seats (if you're the type who wants to enjoy your convertible year-round, these could prove invaluable). You'll also get a heated steering wheel, 8-way power front seats, a backup camera, remote start, 10-inch aluminum wheels, articulating headlights, cruise control, rear park assist, and navigation. That navigation is part of Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touchscreen display, AM/FM/SiriusXM radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and voice recognition.

While the base offers some impressive luxury amenities, those desiring even more should take a look at the Premium. This trim sets itself apart with its available technology, coming as it does with Buick's Driver Confidence Package standard. That package adds forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, front and rear park assist, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic headlights with tunnel detection. The Premium also adds front- and rear-seat air deflectors.

On the safety front, the Cascada comes with a slew of features, including automated rollover pop-up bars, which are crucial to protecting convertible occupants during rollover crashes. Other standard safety features include dual-stage frontal and knee airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags (in the front seats), antilock brakes, and 5 years of OnStar service.

The Buick Cascada is a stylish convertible with impressive standard amenities. Buyers flocked to it during its first year, ditching other makes to get behind the wheel of this new convertible with distinctive European flair. If you're looking for a practical-yet-fun convertible with room for 4, the Cascada could be just the ticket.


Zach is a gearhead and travel junkie who loves to check out cars wherever he goes. Having lived abroad in Germany and Russia, he has grown particularly fond of European cars, but has found nothing able to top his love for his first car: a 2001 Toyota Tacoma.

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