2017 Buick Cascada

2017 Buick Cascada
2017 Buick Cascada

2017 Buick Cascada


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 27 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.6L Gas I4, 200 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 2

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What You Will Like

There aren't many options these days when it comes to compact premium convertibles, but Buick is looking to change that. The Cascada is a lovely, stylish rag top that comes loaded with all the stuff buyers want that would cost $3,500 more to get in the Audi A3 cabriolet. The Cascada outshines the BMW 228i convertible as well, easily besting it for standard features. With room for four adults to cruise top down in comfort, and with more trunk space than either the Mustang or Camaro convertible, the Cascada is a fascinating -- and potentially popular proposition from Buick.

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What's New For 2017

After its introduction last year, the Cascadia carries over into 2017 with only a couple of changes. A new Sport Touring model has been introduced, while the Cascada's base price gets a small bump to $33,990.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2017 Buick Cascada

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system, includes Traction Control
    • Automated rollover pop-up bars high-strength steel, located behind rear seats
    • Daytime Running Lamps, separate cavity, LED
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal and knee for driver and front passenger and seat-mounted side-impact for front seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bag, Passenger Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector
    • OnStar Guidance Plan Limited Trial Service including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling). (Fleet orders receive a 6-month trial. Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Not all vehicles may transmit all crash data.)
    • OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years includes limited vehicle mobile app features, Monthly Diagnostics Report and Dealer Maintenance Notification. (Basic Plan available for 5 years from the date of vehicle delivery and is transferable. Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services.)
    • Front and Rear Park Assist
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and front passenger with electronic seat belt presenter, includes pretensioners and load limiters
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear
    • Trunk emergency release handle
    • Tire Pressure Display
    • Horn, dual-note high and low
  • Entertainment Features
    • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds, includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Not all vehicles may transmit all crash data. Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T.)
    • Bluetooth for phone and music personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system, HMI (Human Machine Interface)
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2017 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio system feature, display, 7" diagonal, touch-screen color, located on center stack
    • Audio system feature, premium 7-speaker system
    • Audio system with navigation AM/FM/SiriusXM stereo, single CD/DVD player and MP3 player with navigation, IntelliLink with 7" diagonal touch-screen display, GPS navigation system, USB port, Radio Data System (RDS) and auxiliary input jack
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 20" (50.9 cm) aluminum
    • Tires, P245/40R20 all-season, blackwall
    • Tire and Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) spare
    • Convertible top color, Black
    • Convertible roof, folding, acoustically and thermally insulated
    • Air deflector, front seats
    • Air deflector, rear seats
    • Moldings, bright beltline
    • Grille, premium Silver finish with Buick tri-shield
    • Lamp, center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
    • Fog lamps, front
    • Headlamps, high intensity discharge
    • Headlamps, articulating
    • Headlamp control, automatic leveling system
    • Headlamp control, automatic on/off with tunnel detection
    • Tail lamps, LED illumination, rear
    • Glass, solar absorbing
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding
    • Wipers, front intermittent, Rainsense
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front Sport bucket
    • Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 8-way power
    • Seat adjuster, driver and front passenger easy entry
    • Seat adjuster, power driver lumbar control
    • Seat adjuster, power passenger lumbar control
    • Seats, rear split-folding with trunk pass-through/trunk release access
    • Seats, driver and front passenger, 1-lever rear Easy Entry system
    • Seats, front and rear, heat-reflective leather-appointed
    • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
    • Power outlet, front auxiliary, 12-volt, covered
    • Power outlet, rear auxiliary, 12-volt, covered
    • Floor mats, premium carpeted front and rear
    • Pedals, alloy sport (Included with (PI3) Dark Effects Package.)
    • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped, 3-spoke, sport, ergonomic
    • Steering wheel, heated
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Driver Information Center with trip odometer, fuel range, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy, average vehicle speed, tire pressure and oil life remaining
    • Keys, (2) foldable
    • Speedometer, miles/kilometers
    • QuietTuning, Buick exclusive process that consists of numerous noise canceling acoustic treatments to reduce, block and absorb noise and vibration to create a quiet interior cabin
    • Remote vehicle starter system includes Remote Keyless Entry
    • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
    • Windows, power with driver Express-Up/Down
    • Windows, power with front passenger Express-Up/Down
    • Windows, power, rear with Express-Up/Down
    • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and front passenger
    • Defogger, rear-window, electric
    • Trim, interior decor, Magic Black
    • Seat trim, perforated leather
    • Shift knob, leather-wrapped
    • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
    • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 1.6L turbo 4-cylinder, SIDI DOHC with Variable Valve Timing (200 hp [149.1 kW] @ 5500 rpm, 207 lb-ft of torque [280.6 N-m] @ 1800-4500 rpm)
    • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive
    • Drivetrain, front wheel drive
    • Alternator, 140 amps
    • Battery, maintenance free with rundown protection, heavy-duty 801 cold-cranking amps
    • Suspension, Sport Tuned
    • Suspension, front Hi-Per strut
    • Suspension, rear, compound crank with Z-link for enhanced rear stability
    • Steering, power, electric
    • Brake, electronic parking
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, 17" front and 16" rear
    • Exhaust, single-outlet stainless-steel with bright tip

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6 x - TBD -
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.5 x - TBD -
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - - TBD -
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - - TBD -
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 9.8
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 140
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LWC
    • Engine Type - Gas I4
    • Displacement - 1.6L
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 200 @ 5500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 207 @ 1800-4500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 106.1
    • Length, Overall (in) - 184.9
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 56.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.5
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.5
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - - TBD -
    • Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 14.3
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 4
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 82 (2016)
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.8
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.6
    • Front Hip Room (in) - - TBD -
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.1
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 32.8
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 45.8
    • Second Hip Room (in) - - TBD -
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 27
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Electric Rack & Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 15.3
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - - TBD -
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 38.7
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Buick Cascada
    • Body Style - Convertible
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - HiPer Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Compound Crank
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - - TBD -
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - RAL
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RAL
    • Spare Tire Order Code - RUA
    • Front Tire Size - P245/40R20
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/40R20
    • Spare Tire Size - RUA
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MH7
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.58
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.96
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.91
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.45
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.75
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.94
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.53
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Car
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 2
    • EPA Air Pollution Score - - TBD -
    • EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.6
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3979 (2016)
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 20 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 20 x - TBD -
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 17 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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The Buick Cascada has charming looks and a lot of standard equipment. It’s also heavy, slow, and stiff. Cascada is the first convertible from Buick since the 1991 Reatta.

We drove the two-door Cascada in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and the Florida Keys, and it didn’t get any lighter, faster or softer. But the convertible top has a nice thick lining, and it went up and down in 17 seconds at 31 miles per hour. And the front seats were nice. We didn’t take any passengers in the rear. They wouldn’t have thought their seats so nice.

The front-wheel-drive Cascada uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine making 200 horsepower, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. To keep the topless chassis from twisting and shaking, there’s enough steel bracing to raise the scales to the two-ton mark, and that’s just too much mass for an engine that small, even if it is turbocharged.

First introduced in Europe as the Opel Cascada, the Buick Cascada was introduced to the U.S. as a 2016 model.

A new 2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring model with special trim has joined the lineup. Otherwise, Cascada carries over to the 2017 model year unchanged.

The 2017 Cascada rates an EPA-estimated 20/27 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined.

Model Lineup

The 2017 Buick Cascada ($33,065) comes standard with leather upholstery, power windows and locks, eight-way power heated front seats, remote start, heated steering wheel, navigation, rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and WiFi hotspot capability.

Cascada Premium ($36,065) adds navigation and other features. Cascada Sport Touring features special interior and exterior trim. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)


The Cascada is unrelated to the Regal sedan, although there’s still a family resemblance in the attractive, subtle shape with rakish profile. It was designed for Europe so the proportions are global, which is to say tidy. A deep crease starts behind the front wheels and runs back to the rear end. Not quite like the Nike swoosh in the Regal, but maybe a subtle mimic.

Deftly drawn details include angled taillamps, winged LED running lamps, and thin chrome circling the beltline.


The cockpit in the Cascada is clearly in the Buick family, in the way the gauges and controls wrap around the driver, but like the much older sibling, in the way the many buttons and switches clutter the dash. The center stack looks like a first draft of the Porsche Panamera. That’s not to say it’s not tasteful. Soft-touch surfaces, thin brightwork, and soft tones make it better.

The infotainment system uses a smaller and lower-resolution screen than many other Buicks, with an interface that’s half a generation old.

The leather front seats are a bit high for a sporty two-door, but their bolstering is European, great for long hours behind the wheel. We haven’t seen power arms that automatically bring the seatbelts forward for years, but they’re on the Cascada.

The back seat is not friendly to full-sized people, being narrow and low. The trunk holds 13.4 cubic feet with the top up, but only 9.8 cubic feet with it down.


We wish the powertrain weren’t so burdened by the weight of the Cascada. Chop off a thousand pounds, and it would be a hotrod ragtop. Put it in a three-door hatchback, and it would be a pocket rocket.

Gaining momentum is a challenge in the Cascada, especially uphill. At 3979 pounds, it’s heavier than some LaCrosse mid-size sedans, and even 500 pounds more than the old Chevy Cruze diesel.

We found the engine interesting but struggling to be appreciated. The 1.6-liter turbo makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, with an overboost mode that can spike the torque to 221 lb-ft, which is pretty darn good. And the power is smooth and linear, with very little turbo lag.

The 6-speed automatic works okay for the limited acceleration. No paddle shifters, and not missed as much as they might be if the car had more spirit. You can shift the Cascada manually, but you have to do it with the lever on the console. The console-ation is that the transmission program shifts fairly quickly.

If the deal isn’t broken yet, the ride might do it. The Cascada is rough on any road that isn’t flat and smooth, and the 20-inch wheels don’t help. The front struts are beefier than most compacts, and the Watts Z-link rear suspension comes off the Buick Verano that handles so well, but it doesn’t translate into the same kind of compliance.

The Cascada can feel reasonably composed and poised, even with steering that’s less than quick, but that goes away on bumpy city streets. There it feels unsettled, demanding constant steering corrections. The suspension travel gets sucked up by medium-sized bumps, leaving it with nothing for the big ones. The Cascada heaves and leans, hates railroad tracks, and gets jittery over big cracks in the road.

Driving Impressions

The Buick Cascada can put the wind in your hair but it’s not long in the excitement department.

Sam Moses contributed to this report, with staff reports by The Car Connection.



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