2016 Buick Cascada Review

As an all-new model for 2016, the Buick Cascada fails to stand out from the crowd in terms of performance and interior quality. As a result, it falls to the back of our luxury small car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth, stable ride
  • More cargo room than many rivals
  • Good reliability rating
  • Complicated infotainment system
  • Cluttered center-stack controls
  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Poor fuel economy




Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 5.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Buick Cascada Overview

Is the 2016 Buick Cascada a Good Used Car?

Despite its ranking, the 2016 Buick Cascada is an OK luxury small car. This Buick earns points for its comfortable ride, good reliability rating, and spacious trunk relative to other luxury convertibles. However, many competitors have higher safety ratings, more upscale cabin materials, and sharper handling.

Used 2016 Buick Cascada Performance and Interior

The Buick Cascada features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 200-horsepower engine provides enough power for all driving situations, and acceleration is pleasantly quick. The Cascada rides comfortably over most road surfaces and handles with composure on winding roads, though many rivals earn higher marks for performance. It doesn't get great gas mileage compared to other cars in the class, earning 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

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The four-seat Buick Cascada features some high-end materials inside, but there are also hard plastics that keep it from feeling truly luxurious. The front seats are roomy and supportive, but the roof pillars impede forward and rearward visibility. The rear seats are short on legroom, but that's typical for a convertible. The Cascada has a large trunk for a small convertible car, with over 13 cubic feet of space with the top up and just under 10 cubic feet with the top down.

Standard features in the Cascada include Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen and navigation. There aren't any noteworthy comfort or convenience features. The center stack is overcrowded with buttons and knobs, the infotainment controls are hard to reach from the driver's seat, and the touch screen responds slowly to inputs. The Cascada's power-folding top can be raised and lowered while driving at speeds up to 31 mph.

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Used 2016 Buick Cascada Prices

The average price of a used 2016 Buick Cascada is about $29,700. That's less than many class rivals. Note that used vehicles vary in price based on your location and the vehicle's condition, mileage, and trim.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Buick Cascada?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2016 Buick Cascada a reliability rating of four out of five. That's above average for a vehicle in general (three is average) and better than many other luxury small cars' ratings.

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How Safe Is the Cascada?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Buick Cascada an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Front parking sensors, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning are available.

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Should I Consider Another Used Cascada?

The Buick Cascada was introduced for the 2016 model year, and the 2017 Cascada is part of the same generation. The 2017 model adds a new midlevel trim – the Sport Touring – to the lineup, but it's otherwise unchanged. Buyers can save some money by shopping for a 2016 model.

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Which Used Buick Cascada Is Right for Me?

There are two Buick Cascada trims: 1SV and Premium. The price difference between the two trims isn't that big, so you may as well get the Premium and the additional driver assistance features it provides.

Like many automakers, Buick has a certified pre-owned vehicle program. With Buick’s CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven 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.

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2016 Buick Cascada and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2016 Buick Cascada or 2016 BMW 2 Series?

The 2016 BMW 2 Series is available as a luxury convertible, and it's better than the Cascada in just about every way. Compared to the Buick, the BMW has nimble handling, powerful engines, superior fuel economy estimates, and a user-friendly infotainment system. The 2 Series convertible also has nicer cabin materials than its Buick rival.

Which Is Better: 2016 Buick Cascada or 2016 Audi A3?

The 2016 Audi A3 convertible is a great luxury small car. It’s fun to drive, thanks to its potent engine options, precise steering, and agile handling. The A3 has an upscale interior with a straightforward infotainment system, and it gets better fuel economy than the Cascada. The Buick has a much better reliability rating than the A3, but that’s not enough for us to recommend it over the Audi.

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