The 2017 Buick Cascada is the second iteration of Buick’s re-entrance into making convertible for the US market after a 25 years hiatus. The Cascada is part of the recent strides the car maker has been making in recent years in the luxury car market. The 2016 model” felt underwhelming and fell short of heights set by other competitors.
For example, the crowded dashboard was a no-no and was a blast from the past. However, thankfully, lightning isn’t striking twice with a list of standard features outlining the base model including a heated steering wheel and front seats.
There’s also an introduction of a new Sport Touring model. With competition very strong from the likes of Audi A3 Cabriolet, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, etc in this automobile segment, a lot could really go wrong.
New Changes in the 2017 Buick Cascada
After the blast from the past feel the 2016 Buick presented, plentiful of changes have been made to the 2017 edition. For starters, the exterior colors Carbon Black Metallic and Graystone Metallic have been replaced by Ebony Twilight Metallic and Smoked Pearl Metallic. The newly introduced Sport Touring trim level packs the following features:
- An exclusive Blue Metallic color for the exterior
- Alloy Pedals
- Steering wheel clothed in 3-spoke leather
- Aluminum wheels measuring 20’’ taped with Sterling Silver finish, and;
- Interior trim décor plastered with Magic Black
Additionally, the base offering also comes with its own changes. First off, the introduction of IntelliLink audio system with LCD display, audio system (including AM/FM stereo and MP3 CD player) system is now part of the standard features rather than as side options.
The UHQ navigation is no longer available on the base model as a standard feature. Also, the 2017 Cascada doesn’t feature the front fog lamps that were present in the 2016 model.
Safety options on the 2017 Cascada
Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration haven’t rated this model owing to the low-volume convertible nature, it still packs certain safety features to at least calm the nerves. These features include:
- Six standard airbags inclusive of the front, knee area, and side impact
- ABS brakes with brake assist
- Stabilitrak ‘stability control system’
- High-strength steel rollover bars behind the rear seat
The Premium Trim has additional safety features such as:
- Collision alert
- Lane departure warning
- Front and rear park assist
Engine Specification and Performance
Performance-wise and engine capacity leaves a lot to be desired of the 2017 Cascada especially for a car of its class and also considering what other similar vehicles are offering. The engine is readily the same engine that has featured regularly in Europe inside the Opel models.
For a car weighing roughly 3982 pounds, the 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine just doesn’t cut it with its power output of 200 horsepower and torque of 221 pounds-feet; and this is evident in its performance.
For starters, moving from 0-60 miles per hour takes a whopping 8.3 seconds putting it at par with family sedans. Its top speed is also a paltry 120 miles per hour. The GM six-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission system ensures power transmission to the front wheel.
The fuel economy in the city is 20 miles per gallon which rises to 27 miles per gallon for highway drives. The HiPer Strut front suspension coupled with the Watts Z-like rear suspension provides a relatively smooth ride in the 2017 Buick Cascada.
A perhaps offsetting thing about the 2017 Cascada is the need to have the key in the ignition before it can be started.
Interior and other gadgets
The interior is relatively modern with nothing necessarily eye-popping. However, the use of buttons to clog the dashboard still persists. The seats are quite comfortable and provide enough legroom for all body types and sizes.
The headroom is also very fair and particularly becomes better once the roof is opened, which takes exactly 17 seconds to achieve. Summarily, there are plentiful of features that accompany the base trim level which includes leather upholstery, roll bars to protect against flips, 7-speaker sound system, rear-view camera, remote start and stop and an infotainment system bundled on the 7-inch LCD touchscreen, and a built-in navigation.
The premium trim packs additional features like lane departure warning, front and rear parking assistance, and collision alert.
Exterior and Design in the 2017 Buick Cascada
The Buick 2017 has a rather understated style that doesn’t necessarily scream “look at me!” However, it is still a top drawer. The exterior features eagle wing-like LED headlights dovetails properly with the front grille. The bumper is accentuated with one air intake alongside fog lights at both ends.
- Wheelbase: 106.1 inches
- Length: 184.9
- Width: 72.4
- Max Speed: 120 mph
- 0-60 mph: 8.3 mph
- Passenger volume: 82 cubic feet
- Storage volume: 13.4 cubic feet top up and 9.8 top down
- Curb weight: 3979 pounds
- MPG (miles per gallon) for both city and highway: 20/27
- Available exterior colors: Sport Red, True Blue Metallic, Flip Chip Silver Metallic, Deep Sky Metallic, Toasted Coconut Metallic, Summit White, Ebony Twilight Metallic, and Smoked Pearl Metallic
- Towing capacity: N/A
Price and release date
$33,900 will get you the 2017 Buick Cascada. The release date is not in black and white, but a little birdie says the official release is set for early 2017.