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2019 Buick Cascada Review

The 2019 Buick Cascada falls to the bottom third of the luxury small car class. It has a very good predicted reliability rating and cushioned ride, but it struggles to match the power, agility, luxury, and modern tech features of its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of standard features
  • Cushioned ride
  • Low ownership costs
  • Great predicted reliability rating
  • Firm seats
  • No Apple Carplay or Android Auto
  • Less agile than rivals
  • Low fuel economy ratings




Critics' Rating: 5.6
Performance: 5.7
Interior: 5.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Is the 2019 Buick Cascada a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 Cascada is a good used luxury small car. It’s a convertible that boasts a great predicted reliability rating, a smooth ride, and a good amount of trunk space. This vehicle also has some of the lowest five-year ownership costs in the class.

However, the Cascade’s tech features aren’t as modern or easy to use as its rivals. Many competitors are stronger and sportier too. More well-rounded models include the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the 2019 Audi A3 and even some nonluxury cars such as the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the 2019 Ford Mustang.

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How Much is the 2019 Buick Cascada?

Based on listings for the 2019 Buick Cascada, the average list price is $27,213. Prices range from $27,213 to $29,228 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Buick Cascada Cost to Own?

The 2019 Cascada’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $30,005, or $6,001 per year. Those are among the lowest costs in the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Buick Cascada: What's the Difference?

Buick made no major changes to the 2019 Cascada, making it a nearly identical vehicle to a 2018 model. Notably, 2019 was the final model year of production for the Cascada.

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Here are the key changes for the Buick Cascada since it was introduced as an all-new convertible for 2016:

  • 2016: brand-new vehicle
  • 2017: Sport Touring trim debuted
  • 2018: navigation made standard
  • 2019: no major changes

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Cascada, 2017 Cascada, and 2018 Cascada reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Buick Cascada?

The 2019 Buick Cascada has an excellent predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five.

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2019 Buick Cascada Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 Buick Cascada at this time.

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Which Used Buick Cascada Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Cascada is a four-seat convertible offered in three trim levels: 1SV, Premium, and Sport Touring. All three feature a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard throughout the lineup.

The base trim is well-equipped with lots of tech and comfort features. Shoppers after more safety add-ons might want to consider the Premium model.

  • Buick Cascada: Standard equipment in the entry-level 1SV includes the Buick infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, a seven-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Other standard features include 10-way power-adjustable front seats, leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, twin-spoke alloy wheels, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.
  • Buick Cascada Premium: The Premium adds a few driver assistance features, such as rain-sensing windshield wipers, front parking sensors, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.
  • Buick Cascada Sport Touring: The Sport Touring gains a few sporty styling enhancements such as unique wheels, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and interior trim.

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What Does Buick's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Buick offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles receive a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty expires. This warranty includes free maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to six years or 100,000 miles. Buick CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Buick’s warranty page carefully.

Buick has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. According to our analysis, only Kia and Mini have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Cascada?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Cascada an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2019 Cascada.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Front parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

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2019 Buick Cascada Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Buick Cascada or 2019 BMW 2 Series?

The 2019 BMW 2 Series is another luxury small car. BMW offers it in two body types: a two-door coupe and convertible. Regardless of which body type you select, the 2 Series is a good vehicle. Compared to the Buick, the BMW has a stronger base engine and gets better mpg ratings. Furthermore, the 2 Series has sportier handling, nicer cabin materials, and more standard safety features. It’s the better vehicle.

Which Is Better: 2019 Buick Cascada or 2019 Audi A3?

The 2019 Audi A3 is a better vehicle than the Buick. Available in sedan and convertible body types, the Audi has high-end cabin materials and plenty of standard features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has a lineup of punchy engines, and its base four-cylinder engine returns higher mpg estimates than the Cascada’s. The Buick has a better predicted reliability rating, but that’s not enough for us to recommend it over the A3.

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2019 Cascada Performance

How Does the 2019 Buick Cascada Drive?

Almost everything about the Cascada’s performance divides critics. Some note that acceleration is adequate and that the automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Others claim that this Buick is slow to get up to higher speeds and that the transmission is too eager to upshift.

The Cascada has a gentle ride, and unlike some convertibles, there’s not much wind noise, even with the top down. The responsiveness of this Buick’s steering gets mixed reviews. Either way, this vehicle isn’t among the sportiest in the class.

  • Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Buick Cascada Get Good Gas Mileage?

With 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, this Buick gets poor EPA estimates for the luxury small car class.

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2019 Cascada Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Cascada Seat?

The 2019 Cascada seats four people in two rows. Space is pretty good in both the front and rear, with ample room for most average-sized adults. However, the leather seats start feeling a bit firm after a while, and it can be difficult to enter or exit this convertible from the rear.

The cabin keeps out most harsh road and wind noise. Some critics say this drop-top has nice cabin materials with stylish two-tone elements, but others knock its abundance of hard plastics.

Standard seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • Nothing notable
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Buick Cascada?

This convertible has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats.

2019 Buick Cascada Features

The touch screen is recessed and hard to reach, and there are lots of buttons on the center stack, which creates a cluttered look. The tech features feel outdated, and there is no support for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. On the bright side, this convertible’s power-folding soft top lowers in just 17 seconds.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, a built-in navigation system, a Wi-fi hot spot, a seven-speaker premium stereo, satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth
  • Additional standard features: remote start and dual-zone automatic climate control

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2019 Buick Cascada Dimensions

Buick Cascada Cargo Space

With the top down, this Buick has a 9.8-cubic-foot trunk. Putting the top up allows for 13.4 cubic feet. That’s a decent amount of space for a luxury small car. There are also split-folding rear seats and a pass-through, both of which provide for a little extra room.

2019 Buick Cascada Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,979 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Buick Cascada Built?

Buick built the 2019 Cascada in Poland.


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