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2017 Buick Cascada Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Buick Cascada was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 6.8

The 2017 Buick Cascada is charming, with an old-fashioned cabin design that matches this motif. It struggles to compete with the cabins you'll find in other luxury small cars. Buick upholsters leather to the seating, steering wheel, dash panels, and the shift knob. Still, materials quality lags behind the rest of the class. The front seats offer limited padding, which could become uncomfortable on longer drives. Rear-seat space is fine for a person of average height, but anyone taller might feel cramped. While the Cascada has plenty of standard features, its infotainment system is dated and hard to reach. Trunk space is above average, even with the top down.

  • "Inside the 2017 Buick Cascada, you'll find an interior that doesn't quite live up to the car's upscale aspirations. The quality of the materials, for example, is not up to the same standards as those of true luxury competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "Nicely detailed and well appointed, Buick's 2017 Cascada's leather-lined cabin can be criticized a bit for displaying a few dated design details." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)

Seating

The 2017 Cascada seats four. It comes standard with leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable, heated front seats with lumbar control. Sport pedals and an upgraded sport steering wheel with improved ergonomics are available.

Some critics say the Cascada's scant padding and hard leather upholstery hamper front-seat comfort, while others claim the seats provide the appropriate level of support. Larger folks likely won't have a problem getting comfortable. The leather upholstery is heat-resistant, which comes in handy during hot summer months with the roof down.

Like many convertibles, the Cascada has tight rear-seat space. Although average-sized adults and children can fit just fine, taller folks may want to ride up front – especially when the top is up, as headroom becomes somewhat limited. With a taller driver or passenger up front, you'll have to move the seats back, which further diminishes space for those in the rear.

The standard LATCH system, used for installing child-safety seats, features two complete sets of anchors for both rear seats. While the lower anchors are easy to access, the top tether anchors are much trickier. There’s also a lack of space for some child seats, so some parents may want to look elsewhere.

With the top up, noise insulation is top-notch thanks to Buick's sound-deadening enhancements. There’s little wind noise after you drop the top.

  • "Front seats offer passable comfort in the short term, but the combination of stiff leather upholstery and limited padding means they're bound to cause some squirming on long drives. Rear seats are suitable for youngsters or smaller-stature adults but, like many convertibles, they can feel a tad cramped with the top up." -- Edmunds
  • "However, it's impressively roomy for a 2+2, and the car's individual fold-down rear seats will accommodate two average-size adults if its well-formed, 8-way-power front seats also are carrying similarly scaled occupants. Although Buick's signature Quiet Tuning is most evident with the top up, sound levels and wind buffeting remain commendably low even when the Cascada is running in al fresco mode." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)

Interior Features

The 2017 Buick Cascada comes standard with remote start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system, a seven-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio, Bluetooth for phone calls and streaming audio, a USB port, and OnStar with a Wi-Fi hot spot. Upper trims add navigation, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, front parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

One major drawback of the Cascada is the IntelliLink infotainment system. Its 7-inch touch-screen display looks dated, with dull graphics and a convoluted menu structure. The myriad buttons are not only overwhelming, but one can be indistinguishable from another while driving. Those physical buttons are within easy reach, but the touch screen's virtual buttons require quite the stretch to carry out basic functions.

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  • "The centerpiece of the dash, the 7-inch touchscreen, is a somewhat outdated design that lacks the crisp graphics and uncomplicated menu structure of more modern units. Then there's the sea of buttons scattered about the dash that can be hard to distinguish and use while you're underway." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Cargo

The Cascada offers 13.4 cubic feet of trunk space. Once you drop the top, that space decreases to 9.8 cubic feet. Both numbers are above average for the class. However, with the top down, it'll be hard to fit much more than a piece of carry-on luggage and a small bag.

Also, the trunk's opening is rather small, which makes loading wider items a tricky chore. For more space for longer items, collapse the 60/40 split folding rear seats using the remote release. This provides some extra space at the expense of two of your seats.

There are plenty of small-item storage bins for passengers, but they are meager in size.

  • "Out back, the trunk offers a healthy 13.4 cubic feet of cargo room with the top raised and a not-bad 9.8 cubic feet with it lowered. The small trunk opening can make loading bulky items a challenge, but the split-folding rear seatbacks with remote releases offer additional cargo space and a pass-through for longer items such as skis and snowboards." -- Edmunds
  • "… with the top down, the trunk is only large enough to hold one roller bag and a backpack." -- CNET (2016)
  • "While there are a useful number of interior storage cubbies, none are very large." -- Consumer Guide (2016)

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