2018 Buick Cascada

2018 Buick Cascada
2018 Buick Cascada

2018 Buick Cascada


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 29 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 ragtop that comes loaded with all the gear buyers want, but don't want to spend $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 2018

Going into 2018 the Buick Cascada remains largely unchanged although new paint and convertible top colors have been added. The new paint colors are Darkmoon Blue metallic, Rioja Red metallic, Ebony twilight metallic, Summit White and Carrageen Metallic


  • 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 2018 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 and Buick connected services capable; EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model.)
    • Buick Connected Access with 10 years of standard connectivity which enables services such as, Vehicle Diagnostics, Dealer Maintenance Notification, Buick Smart Driver, Marketplace and more; EFFECTIVE WITH SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Limitations apply. Not transferable. Standard connectivity available to original purchaser for ten years from the date of initial vehicle purchase for model year 2018 or newer Buick vehicles. See onstar.com for details and further plan limitations. Connected Access does not include emergency or security services. Availability and additional services enabled by Connected Access are subject to change.)
    • Front and Rear Park Assist
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • 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
    • Buick 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot offers a fast and reliable Internet connection for up to 7 devices; includes data trial for 1 month or 3GB (whichever comes first); EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • 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 2018 GM models. Enjoy a 12-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. (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, Buick Infotainment System with 7" diagonal touch-screen display, GPS navigation system, USB port, Radio Data System (RDS) and auxiliary input jack
  • Exterior Features
    • Wipers, front intermittent, Rainsense
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding
    • Glass, solar absorbing
    • Tail lamps, LED illumination, rear
    • Headlamp control, automatic on/off with tunnel detection
    • Headlamp control, automatic leveling system
    • Headlamps, articulating
    • Headlamps, high intensity discharge
    • Fog lamps, front
    • Lamp, center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
    • Grille, premium Silver finish with Buick tri-shield
    • Moldings, bright beltline
    • Air deflector, rear seats (Requires (CDW) Front seat air deflector.)
    • Air deflector, front seats (Requires (CDY) Rear seat air deflector.)
    • Convertible roof, folding, acoustically and thermally insulated
    • Tire and Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) spare
    • Tires, P245/40R20 all-season, blackwall
    • Wheels, 20" (50.8 cm) dynamic twin-spoke bi-color finish
  • 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
    • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped 3-spoke
    • 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, Piano Black
    • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
    • Shift knob, leather-wrapped
    • 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
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, 17" front and 16" rear
    • Brake, electronic parking
    • 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
    • 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) - 24
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 29
  • 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 - 7.4
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3979
  • 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

2018 Buick Cascada Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • Darkmoon Blue Metallic Ebony Twilight Metallic Flip Chip Silver Metallic G0Y GAZ GB9 GDX GR5 GWD Rioja Red Metallic Smoked Pearl Metallic Summit White
  • Darkmoon Blue Metallic
  • Ebony Twilight Metallic
  • Flip Chip Silver Metallic
  • G0Y
  • GAZ
  • GB9
  • GDX
  • GR5
  • GWD
  • Rioja Red Metallic
  • Smoked Pearl Metallic
  • Summit White

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Buick Cascada is a compact convertible that’s all about style. Introduced for the 2016 model year, Cascada is the first Buick soft-top since the richly appointed Riviera of the mid-1980s, or the Reatta two-seater made in 1990-91.

Little has changed for the 2018 Cascada, but new color choices and color combinations with the soft top freshen the line. A Sport Touring trim level, with special design details, joined the lineup for 2017. Ranking as one of the least costly convertibles on sale today, the charmingly sedate drop-top has a distinctively continental aura.

Three trim levels are offered: base, Premium, and Sport Touring. Each version is stylish, fitted with a high level of standard features.

All models are front-wheel drive and use a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, driving a 6-speed automatic transmission. An overboost provision can raise torque output briefly, to 221 pound-feet, when needed.

Buick’s convertible is pleasurable to drive, but it isn’t sporty. It’s more of a boulevard cruiser. Cascada has no direct competitors, now that moderately priced convertibles have faded away.

Rather than start fresh, General Motors looked to its highly respected European Opel division for the basis of the soft-roof Buick. Launched more than five years ago, Cascada’s European cousin hasn’t changed much since then. One sign of aging is the control layout, which relies heavily on buttons. Its infotainment system, too, hails from a prior generation of General Motors models.

Cascada lacks the most advanced safety features. A rearview camera is standard, but for a premium model, active-safety features are barely existent. Forward-collision and lane-departure warnings are optional, but automatic emergency braking is not available at all. Thus, Cascada is one of few current-model cars that cannot stop itself automatically if sensors detect an imminent crash.

Crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration resulted in a five-star overall rating, with five stars for the side-impact test but only four for a frontal impact.


Cascada ($33,065) comes standard with perforated leather upholstery, eight-way power heated front seats, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 7.0-inch touchscreen, heated steering wheel, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Premium ($36,065) adds navigation and safety features, including lane-departure and forward-collision warnings. Front/rear parking sensors, foglamps, and automatic articulating high-intensity discharge headlights are standard. Sport Touring ($37,065) gets unique wheels, sport alloy pedals, and a flat-bottomed, three-spoke sport steering wheel. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $925 destination charge.)


An enticingly curvaceous body is the Cascada’s strong point. Assembled in Poland, it was designed and engineered in Germany, for the most part. Nothing about the Cascada is American, apart from its Buick badge. That German parentage results in an orderly, comparatively conservative overall appearance.

Suggestions of formal design contrast pleasantly with swoopy detail work. Up front, a heavily-chromed grille is blacked-out on the Sport Touring edition. All Cascadas ride on 20-inch tires that have a relatively low profile. Wheel designs differ by trim level.

This nicely-proportioned convertible looks just as good with its top down, as it does when the power-operated fabric roof is erected. The top can be folded in fewer than 20 seconds, at speeds up to 30 mph, in case of sudden weather changes in stop/go driving.


In stark contrast with the Cascada’s attractive body, its cabin comes across as dated and behind the times. Most notably, the center stack is overloaded with buttons. The overall look is aeronautical in nature, but it doesn’t come off well. Although there’s nothing really wrong with the instrument panel, which angles slightly toward the driver, it’s a humdrum layout.

Passenger space is limited, giving the Cascada a 2+2 configuration, which isn’t unusual for convertibles. A Cascada is comfortable for the two front occupants, who benefit from supportive seats and ample space. However, the back seat is tight for two more, unless they happen to be youngsters.

Cargo volume totals 13.4 cubic feet with the roof raised, shrinking to only 9.8 cubic feet with the fabric top folded. Those figures are about on par for the soft-top class. Thick lining of the fabric top helps stifle road sounds.

Interior materials are pleasing to the eye and mostly soft to touch, though not especially upscale. Standard perforated leather upholstery features an attractive pattern.

Not only is the infotainment system, with its 7.0-inch touchscreen, outdated, it seems like a generation removed from systems in other Buick models. Though it’s relatively easy to use, such features as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are absent. GM’s OnStar includes a 4G LTE wi-fi antenna.

Driving Impressions

Serving in its role as an open-roofed boulevard cruiser, the Cascada falls a bit short in refinement, but provides a pleasing experience. Potent performance isn’t part of the picture, but Buick’s convertible is relaxed on the road.

Large wheels and narrow tire sidewalls conspire to yield a choppier ride than expected – a bit like animal hooves pounding the pavement. Steering is accurate and appropriately-weighted, if short on road feel. The suspension fails to keep body lean fully controlled through curves and corners.

Despite relatively high power output for a small engine, the four-cylinder is overtaxed, largely because of weight. To retain body stiffness with the top down, a considerable amount of chassis bracing is required. Tipping the scale at nearly two tons, then, the Cascada is as hefty as some crossover SUVs.

In its attempt to deliver sufficient engine power, the turbocharger has to work quite hard. On the plus side, the Cascada engine is quiet and largely refined. Downshifts from the automatic transmission can be slow to arrive. Occasionally, they’re drawn out and woozy.

Fuel-efficiency falls short, partly due to the Cascada’s abundant weight. With its 1.6-liter engine, the 2018 Cascada is EPA-rated at 20/27 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined.


Buick Cascada is an alluring, attractively priced convertible. All three trim levels are well-equipped, but most modern active-safety features are absent. The back seat is snug, the ride is choppy, and performance is lackluster.

Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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