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2017 Buick Cascada Review

The 2017 Buick Cascada has a supple ride, decent interior space for a convertible, and a high predicted reliability rating. However, its low-rent cabin materials, stiff seats, and frustrating infotainment controls pull it near the bottom of our luxury small car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Decent rear-seat space for a convertible
  • Larger trunk than competitors
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Poorly arranged dashboard controls
  • Outdated interior styling




Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 5.5
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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2017 Buick Cascada Overview

Is the 2017 Buick Cascada a Good Used Car?

Despite its low ranking, the soft-top 2017 Buick Cascada is a pretty good luxury small car. Its rear seats have adequate room, and its trunk is big for a luxury convertible. Additionally, the Cascada is a comfortable cruiser with good acceleration, composed handling, and an above-average predicted reliability rating. However, the Cascada has a low-grade cabin with dated styling, seats that get uncomfortable on long trips, and a poorly designed infotainment system. It also has high ownership costs for the segment.

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We’ve analyzed 17 Buick Cascada reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 Buick Cascada?

Based on nearly 50 listings on our site for the 2017 Buick Cascada, prices range from about $26,800 to $32,800. The average list price is $28,900. The price you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Buick Cascada Cost to Own?

Five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Buick Cascada are $28,340 – or $5,670 per year. Five-year costs for the 2017 Ford Mustang are nearly $600 less, and 2017 Audi A3's five-year costs are virtually $2,730 less.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cascada?

Other than the addition of a standard navigation system, the 2018 Buick Cascada is fairly identical to the 2017 Buick Cascada. Unless this is important to you, we recommend opting for the less expensive 2017 model.

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The only new luxury small car that you can get for around the same price as the 2017 Cascada is the 2018 Acura ILX. Aside from its low price and good fuel economy, however, this Acura is nothing to write home about. There are better options for a few thousand dollars more, namely the 2018 Audi A3 and 2018 Kia Stinger. Like the Cascada, the A3 is available as a convertible. Its top-notch cabin features user-friendly technology, and this Audi is athletic and fuel-efficient. The new Kia Stinger fares exceptionally well in the class thanks to its agile handling, potent acceleration, and roomy, luxurious cabin.

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Which Model Year of the Buick Cascada Is Best?

The Buick Cascada debuted for the 2016 model year. The 2017 Cascada adds a Sport Touring trim, which includes sporty enhancements like alloy sport pedals and a sport steering wheel. Opt for the 2017 if you're interested in this trim. If not, consider the 2016 Cascada. It's similar and costs less than the 2017.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Buick Cascada?

The 2017 Buick Cascada has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Buick Cascada Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2017 Buick Cascada.

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Which Used Buick Cascada Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Buick Cascada comes in three trim levels: 1SV, Premium, and Sport Touring. The base 1SV trim comes with more than enough features for most shoppers. Standard amenities include a 7-inch touch screen, Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, Wi-Fi hot spot, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front sport seats, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel.

For more features, consider the Premium and Sport Touring trims. The Premium trim adds navigation, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, front parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and fog lamps. The Sport Touring trim adds sport alloy pedals, a sport steering wheel, and sporty styling enhancements.

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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 2017 Buick Cascada five out of five stars overall, with four stars in frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not test the Cascada.

Standard advanced safety features include a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Some models feature forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and front parking sensors.

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2017 Buick Cascada Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Buick Cascada or 2017 Ford Mustang?

The 2017 Ford Mustang convertible is a much better vehicle than the 2017 Buick Cascada. As a sports car, it has a stronger base engine, a lineup of potent available engines, and superb handling dynamics. It also has a comfortable ride, roomier front seats than the Cascada, and several luxurious upgrades, including leather upholstery and front seats that are heated and ventilated. However, the Cascada has more rear-seat and cargo space.

Which Is Better: 2017 Buick Cascada or 2017 Audi A3?

The 2017 Audi A3 is another luxury small car that’s better than the Cascada. The Buick gets the edge in cargo and passenger space, as well as predicted reliability. But in most other fields, the Audi comes out ahead. The A3 is available as a convertible, sedan, and a plug-in-hybrid hatchback. Additionally, the Audi blends performance and luxury, offering ample power, lithe handling, and a richly appointed cabin. On top of that, the A3 is better on gas than the Cascada.

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2017 Cascada Performance

How Does the 2017 Buick Cascada Drive?

A 200-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the 2017 Buick Cascada, and there are no optional engines for more power. It has adequate acceleration for everyday driving, so you shouldn't have any issues keeping up with traffic. However, it lacks the sportiness of its rivals. All models also come with a refined six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. 

Does the 2017 Buick Cascada Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Buick Cascada delivers 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is low for the class.

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2017 Cascada Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Cascada Seat?

The 2017 Cascada seats four in two rows. For a convertible, the Cascada has a good amount of space in both rows. The rear seats are capable of fitting two averaged-sized adults for short trips. Like most convertibles, however, headroom is a little tight with the top down.

The seats are comfortable on short drives, but occupants may grow uncomfortable during longer excursions. Leather upholstery, heated front sport seats, and 8-way power-adjustable front seats are standard.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Buick Cascada?

Although the Cascada has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in its back row, this Buick isn't a great vehicle for utilizing child seats. To use the upper tethers, you have to fold the seats down. This makes it very difficult to sufficiently tighten and adjust the car seats. Moreover, because of the Cascada's size, some car seats won't fit.

2017 Buick Cascada Features

Standard features include Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, a seven-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The infotainment system feels outdated, and it’s difficult to reach from the driver's seat. The Cascada's cabin also lacks the modern look and feel of many class rivals.

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2017 Buick Cascada Dimensions

Buick Cascada Cargo Space

There's 13.4 cubic of trunk space with the top up and 9.8 cubic feet of space with the top down, which is a generous amount of room for a convertible. The split-folding rear seats also come in handy when lugging longer items thanks to a pass through that leads from the trunk into the back row. However, the Cascada's small trunk opening makes fitting larger items a challenge.

2017 Cascada Length and Weight

The 2017 Cascada is about 15.4 feet long. Its curb weight is roughly 3,980 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Buick Cascada Built?

Buick built the 2017 Cascada in Poland.

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