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2016 Buick Cascada Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Buick Cascada was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 6.9

Most automotive journalists say the 2016 Buick Cascada's cabin is built with nice-quality materials, but a few others think the hard plastics make the Cascada feel more low-rent than upscale. While the front seats are roomy and comfortable, the rear seats lack enough head- and legroom for tall passengers.

The infotainment system is hard to reach and use, and the many physical controls are distracting to find while driving. The Cascada has more trunk space than most convertible rivals.

  • "Interior materials match the price, with the padded dash, door tops, and armrests being augmented by nice-looking plastics." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Liberal use of hard trim pieces along with parts shared with various Chevrolet vehicles give the Cascada a less-than-premium look and feel." -- Edmunds
  • "Material quality is good, with leather on the padded dash for a touch of class and a choice of two attractive (if muted) colors." -- Cars.com
  • "In the forward cabin, the contrast-stitched leather dash top and door panels impart a rich ambiance." -- Car and Driver

Seating

The 2016 Cascada seats four and comes standard with leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats with eight-way power adjustment.

The front seats are supportive and comfortable and offer plenty of head- and legroom. Visibility to the front and back is blocked by the roof and its supports. Like many convertibles, legroom in the rear seats is limited, and tall passengers may desire more headroom as well.

  • Inside, there's adequate front headroom and legroom even for fairly tall adults. It's tighter in back, where top-up headroom might come up short for riders much over 5'10, and those folks wouldn't have enough knee room if someone much taller than that is in the seat ahead." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Head into the cabin, and the comfort trend continues, with eight-way power adjustable front seats that have been redone with wider American frames in mind. They feel good, with just enough support on the sides and lower back area, and covered with heat-reflective leather." -- CNET
  • "Outward visibility is compromised by very thick windshield pillars, but thankfully they're situated far enough to the sides to prevent continuous obstruction. The high rear deck lid also presents some challenges when backing into a spot, forcing heavy reliance on the standard rearview camera. With the top up, rear visibility is further narrowed through a small glass window and the surrounding convertible top, a typical issue with vehicles in this class." -- Edmunds
  • The backseat is cramped but serviceable for adults. Width is not the issue, but legroom is a challenge - the Cascada is not long, so any front-seat occupants will likely need to move their chairs up a bit to accommodate anyone in back." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Buick Cascada include dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, remote start, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

Optional features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and front parking sensors. The Cascada has a power-folding soft top, which Buick says can be raised and lowered in 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph.

The Cascada's center stack has an overwhelming number of buttons and knobs which are distracting to find while driving. The infotainment system is hard to reach from the driver's seat, cumbersome to use, and responds slowly to inputs.

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  • "I'm sure if you spent more than a day with the Cascada, you'd figure a workaround between extending your arm an uncomfortable amount to touch the screen or use the voice activation, but it shouldn't be this hard to do simple tasks. …" -- Autoblog
  • "The audio system includes a number of conventional dashboard buttons that are easy to reach, but some adjustments require going through the touchscreen, which is a long stretch away. Furthermore, some virtual buttons along the bottom of the screen are difficult to hit, particularly on less-than-smooth roads." -- Consumer Guide
  • "I'm usually a fan of traditional hard switches, but the layout in the Cascada appears dated, and can be distracting as you sift through it looking for the right controls." -- CNET
  • "An overabundance of buttons and knobs on the center stack (we counted 46) further complicates infotainment and climate control operation. The auxiliary steering wheel buttons aren't any better, with wobbly rubberized switches that don't feel particularly precise. The infotainment system itself isn't as sophisticated as competing units, either. The menus are not intuitive, and responses to inputs are often slow." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2016 Buick Cascada has 13.4 cubic feet of trunk room with the roof up and 9.8 cubic feet with it down, which is more cargo room than most upscale small convertibles offer.

With the top down, the trunk only offers enough room for one or two small pieces of luggage. The trunk has a narrow opening, limiting the width of items that can be loaded, though the rear seat has a center pass through to accommodate longer objects. There are lots of small-item storage spaces throughout the cabin, but they are all fairly small.

  • "… with the top down, the trunk is only large enough to hold one roller bag and a backpack. …" -- CNET
  • The typical carry-on suitcase will easily fit behind the folded top, and about two more can be accommodated when the top is out of the way. The trunk opening is narrow, which will prevent the loading of bulkier items, but a small center pass-through with remote rear-seat releases allows for longer cargo." -- Edmunds
  • While there are a useful number of interior storage cubbies, none are very large." -- Consumer Guide

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