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2016 Buick Cascada Performance Review

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


Performance: 6.9

Reviewers agree the 2016 Buick Cascada is a fine car to drive, though it's not especially sporty. Its engine delivers plenty of power and its transmission is smooth. The Cascada is stable around corners and has a comfortable ride over most roads. The brakes are a bit slow to respond, but the steering is sharp.

  • "On the road, the 2016 Buick Cascada is a viceless car, performing every task well but never exceptionally so." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "This is not a vehicle you're going to jump into to get your dose of driving kicks - it's a touring car, one that you buy to enjoy being seen in and taking in the world around you. It can and will dance if you ask it to, but it would rather waltz than rumba." -- Cars.com
  • "The steering provides more feel and precision than you might expect, and the response from the engine is as immediate as modern engines come." -- Autoblog
  • "Refrain from driving it like a sports car, and the 2016 Cascada performs well, but the engine doesn't have much to offer below about 3,000 rpm." -- Motor Trend

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Cascada comes standard with a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates that the Cascada gets 20/27 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class.

The four-cylinder engine delivers quick acceleration and enough power for highway driving, and it runs quietly. The automatic transmission is refined and makes good use of the engine's power.

  • "This engine moves the Cascada smartly into traffic or easily past slower vehicles on the highway, and the transmission is well matched to it as well. Never once in nearly 200 miles of driving did I feel like the car was underpowered or in the wrong gear for conditions." -- Cars.com
  • "A six-speed automatic is the only transmission choice; it is similarly relaxed and unobtrusive." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Cascada is no slouch. The 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque is punchy, with linear power delivery that pulls the Cascada off the line in a hurry. It also has good mid-range guts to blend in with expressway traffic or pass slower cars." -- CNET
  • "The 1.6-liter turbo four produces 200 horsepower, … paired to a six-speed automatic transmission to provide more-than-sufficient performance for both on-ramp and passing maneuvers. But most importantly, it keeps quiet when you want to pose around town. …" -- Autoblog

Handling and Braking

The 2016 Buick Cascada has a comfortable ride over all but the roughest roads, and it stays composed around corners, with minimal body lean. The steering is precise but the brakes don't respond immediately when the pedal is pressed.

  • "The Cascada is tuned to favor comfort over performance, so it feels smooth over most ruts and bumps, even with the standard 20-inch wheels." -- Edmunds
  • "Steering is fairly responsive to inputs, with a small dead spot on center, while the suspension isn't overly soft and keeps the Cascada's body from flopping all over the place." -- CNET
  • "There's a bit too much travel in the brake pedal before anything happens, but otherwise the car is a comfortable driver at sensible speeds." -- Motor Trend
  • "Handling, with the standard 20-inch tires and alloy wheels, is responsive and predictable, and the ride is firm but comfortable except on really bad roads." -- Automobile Magazine

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