The 2019 Buick Cascada offers open-air driving in a convertible that can actually seat four adults. While not as athletic or advanced as a BMW 2 Series or Audi A3, a comparably equipped Cascada doesn’t carry either car’s lofty sticker price. The Cascada is pulled by its front wheels and powered by a 200-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged engine.
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If you love open-air driving but need something larger and more functional than a subcompact 2-seater, the 2019 Buick Cascada might be just what you’ve been looking for. Reasonably priced and well-equipped, this 4-passenger luxury drop-top is sporty, easy on gas and quite the looker.
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If you’re seeking a luxury convertible with a strong performance resume, a BMW 2 Series or Audi A3 makes a better choice. The Cascada is only available with front-wheel drive and a soft-top, and while the Buick name may impress some, it’s not in the same league as its German rivals.
For 2019, the Buick Cascada gets a few new color combinations including expanding the availability of Sport Red beyond the Dark Effects package.
The 2019 Buick Cascada’s interior is a pleasant place with room for four average-size adults. The front seats are extremely comfortable, elegantly styled with subtle patterns and contrasting stitching. Things aren’t so harmonious when it comes to the dash, however, with a dated design littered with small black buttons controlling the audio and climate controls. With the top in place, Buick’s Quiet Tuning keeps road noise to a minimum. Retracting the top opens the cabin to the full force of rushing air, as well as removes nearly four cubic feet from the generous 13.4-cubic-foot trunk.
At nearly 185 inches in length, the Cascada is 10 inches longer and several inches wider than a BMW 2 Series. This added size gives the Cascada a strong presence, with sculpted sides, pronounced wheel arches and a swooping rear quarter punctuated by a winged Buick crest logo. Regrettably, the Cascada’s bold design doesn’t carry over to the front-end styling, with a rather generic GM headlight and grille design that reveals the Cascada’s Opel heritage. The car looks best with its top retracted, but even when in place, the 2019 Cascada displays a classic hardtop profile, especially with all its windows rolled down.
This is the perfect car for that lazy Sunday drive up the coast. With top down you can feel the sun on your face, hear the waves crashing into the sand and smell the salty sea air. The 2019 Buick Cascada is sporty, but it isn’t a sports car. It’s a cruiser, not a bruiser. At 4,000 pounds, the 200-horsepower convertible is adequately spunky, delivering good acceleration with only the faintest hint of turbo lag. Its 6-speed automatic transmission isn’t exactly state of the art, but its gear changes are smooth. Still, the Buick is slower than its rivals with a 0-60-mph time of over 8.0 seconds. We also wouldn’t pit it against a BMW 2 Series in the corners, despite its standard 20-inch wheels and tires. But the roomy and comfortable Buick Cascada is a fantastic Sunday drive companion, with a smooth ride, a rigid structure and lightly weighted and responsive steering.
The 2019 Buick Cascada in base 1SV trim has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just under $34,000, while the Premium model with its active/passive driver assists opens at the slightest nudge under $37,000. The Sport Touring adds another $1,000 to the bottom line. The Premium’s price is roughly where the Audi A3 and BMW 2 Series convertibles commence and while domestic drop-top alternatives like the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro start lower, neither of those models includes standards like leather, power seats and navigation, items that further burnish the Cascada’s overall value story. Before you set out to purchase, be sure to check KBB’s Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for the 2019 Buick Cascada in your area. We expect the Cascada to hold average resale values a few points below the BMW 2 Series and Ford Mustang, but on par with the Audi A3 Cabriolet.OK, so what’s next?I’m interested in this car. What’s for sale near me?I’m interested in this car, and I’d like to trade in my current car while I’m at it.
To enhance the new Buick Cascada’s appeal, both base and the Premium variants come with a bounty of up-line features that complement the excellent soft top, and a full range of power assists. Highlighting that formidable roster are auto-controlled high-intensity headlights, heat-reflective leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel and seats, Buick’s IntelliLink system with a 7.0-inch color display, OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot, Siri Eyes Free for iOS phones, a navigation system, dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, Rear Park Assist, electric seatbelt presenters, dual 12V powerpoints, and spring-loaded/pyrotechnically activated pop-up roll-over bars behind the rear seat linked to the car’s seatbelt system.
Options are a relatively rare commodity on the 2019 Buick Cascada. Save for a few extra-cost exterior colors, all versions of the Cascada convertible are mono-spec offerings. The only upgrades included on the Cascada Premium and Sport Touring models add Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, front as well as rear Park Assist, tunnel detection for the automatic-headlight control, Rainsense automatic wipers, front/rear air deflectors, and a unique “diamond-graphic” finish on the wheels on the Premium and a Sterling Silver finish on the Sport Touring. The popular Dark Effects Package adds dark exterior trim, red interior stitching and piano-black interior trim.
AUTOMATIC ROLL-OVER POP-UP BARSBecause not everyone is comfortable with the idea of zipping along without a protective metal roof overhead, Buick equips the 2019 Cascada with a set of spring-loaded roll bars. The system will deploy if the airbags activate, or if the car senses a rollover event is eminent.DRIVER CONFIDENCE PACKAGEStandard on the Premium and Sport Touring trims, this package includes such essential driver assists as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning plus front and rear parking assist, automatic high beams and rain-sensing wipers. Oddly, there is no adaptive cruise-control option.
Under the Hood
There’s just one powertrain for all three variants of Buick’s 2019 Cascada convertible: a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that drives the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. Part of GM’s new-generation Ecotec family, this free-revving four boasts direct injection and continuously variable-valve timing that help it turn out 200 horsepower — a heady 125 horsepower per liter. It also develops 207 lb-ft of torque from 1,800-4,500 rpm, which can be cranked up to 221 lb-ft in 10-second bursts thanks to an overboost function. A remapping of throttle response also helps enhance the car’s pleasantly brisk acceleration. The modest downside to that enthusiasm is fuel economy. With EPA ratings of 21/29-city/highway mpg, the Cascada falls well shy of best in class. 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4200 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm207 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-4,500 rpm (221 lb-ft @ 2,200-4,000 rpm w/overboost)EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 mpg
The 2019 Buick Cascada convertible looks to be off to a good start, with sales exceeding those of the the Audi A3 and A5 convertibles combined. Maybe the Cascada has found a sweet spot, sporty enough to satisfy most drivers without the large price tag of its BMW and Audi competitors, yet more sophisticated than the hyper-masculine Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro. Powered by a 200-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, the Cascada isn’t going to pose much of a challenge to the above mentioned competitive set, but with the only other sub-$35,000 4-passenger convertibles being the diminutive Mini Cooper, VW Beetle and Fiat 500, it appears the Cascada has the dance floor all to itself.