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2018 Buick Cascada Review

Despite a class-leading predicted reliability rating, the 2018 Buick Cascada finishes in the bottom third of our luxury small car rankings because it cannot compete with the agility or luxuriousness of its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • More cargo space than most luxury convertibles
  • Quiet cabin with the top up
  • Smooth, composed ride
  • Terrific predicted reliability rating
  • Dull performance
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Outdated cabin tech
  • Stale cabin styling and materials




Critics' Rating: 6.1
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 5.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Buick Cascada Overview

Is the 2018 Buick Cascada a Good Used Car?

The Cascada is an OK used car, but its stellar predicted reliability rating is about the only thing driving its appeal. Take that away, and the Cascada doesn't stack up well against the competition. If you want a luxury small car that's modern or fun to drive, skip this Buick.

Here are the 2018 Cascada's biggest strengths:

  • Outstanding predicted reliability rating
  • Comfortable ride
  • Some ownership costs are low for the class

It also has some major weaknesses:

  • Interior is less opulent than rivals'
  • Seats don't have enough support for long drives
  • Infotainment system feels antiquated
  • Short features list
  • Not as athletic as many competitors
  • Subpar gas mileage
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Buick Cascada review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 20 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Buick Cascada?

Based on listings for the 2018 Buick Cascada on our site, the average list price is $25,200. Prices range from $19,000 to $30,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Buick Cascada Cost to Own?

The 2018 Cascada’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $27,905, or $5,581 per year. That’s below average for a luxury small car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cascada?

Starting at $33,070, the 2019 Cascada doesn't see any notable changes, so it's basically the same as the 2018 model. We suggest sticking with a used model to save money.

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Navigation is newly standard for 2018, and a Sport Touring trim was new for 2017. Otherwise, the Buick Cascada remains mostly unchanged since its debut for 2016. You can save money and get a very similar car with an older Cascada.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Buick Cascada?

The 2018 Buick Cascada has a superb predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Buick Cascada Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Buick Cascada.

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Which Used Buick Cascada Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Buick Cascada comes in three trims: 1SV, Premium, and Sport Touring. All feature the same 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. For the best value, we recommend the Cascada 1SV, which comes with a nice array of standard amenities. If you're looking for a suite of advanced safety technology, consider the Cascada Premium. For cosmetic upgrades that give an athletic flair to the Cascada, check out the Sport Touring.

  • Buick Cascada 1SV: The base Cascada 1SV comes with Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth for phone calls and streaming audio, satellite radio, a seven-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, and OnStar with a Wi-Fi hot spot. Leather upholstery, heated front sport seats with 10-way power adjustments, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, and split-folding rear seats are also standard.
  • Buick Cascada Premium: The Premium trim adds more safety technology, including front parking sensors, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Buick Cascada Sport Touring: The Sport Touring features sporty upgrades such as a flat-bottom steering wheel and alloy sport pedals.

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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 2018 Cascada an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not test the Cascada.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • front parking sensors
  • forward collision alert
  • lane departure warning

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2018 Buick Cascada Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Buick Cascada or 2018 Audi A3?

The 2018 Audi A3 has a much lower predicted reliability rating than its Buick rival, but that's about the only advantage the Cascada has over this Audi. The Audi's engine delivers eager acceleration, and this German car handles better. Inside, the A3 is more stylish and features higher-quality materials. It also offers more available features, including a user-friendly infotainment system and connectivity tech like Apple CarPlay.

Which Is Better: 2018 Buick Cascada or 2018 BMW 2 Series?

The 2018 BMW 2 Series is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class. It has athletic handling, and its standard power plant is a punchy turbocharged engine. A 365-horsepower six-cylinder engine is available. The 2 Series also features a richer cabin, a better infotainment system, and a top-notch safety score. Skip the Buick, and go for the BMW.

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2018 Cascada Performance

How Does the 2018 Buick Cascada Drive?

The Cascada is composed and easy to drive, and it rides smoothly over most roads. Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine has enough power for most driving situations, but many class rivals have more energetic powertrains.

  • Base engine: 200-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Buick Cascada Get Good Gas Mileage?

Many other cars in the class get better fuel economy ratings than the Cascada.

  • 21/29 mpg city/highway

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2018 Cascada Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Cascada Seat?

The 2018 Cascada seats four people in two rows. The cabin is generally unimpressive because of its outdated styling and the use of some hard plastics. With the top up, the interior is pleasantly quiet, which isn't the case in every convertible. Both rows have a decent amount of head- and legroom, but the seats lack adequate support for longer drives.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable front sport seats
  • heated front seats

Available seating features:

  • none
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Buick Cascada?

The 2018 Cascada has two complete sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. But between the limited amount of rear-seat space and the difficulty accessing the top tether anchors, this is not a good vehicle for those who regularly use child safety seats.

2018 Buick Cascada Features

The Cascada features the IntelliLink infotainment system. The touch screen's graphics aren't particularly sharp, and the screen – as well as the other center-stack controls – are tough to reach for the driver. Most rivals have more-modern, easier-to-use interfaces and better smartphone connectivity options, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a seven-speaker audio system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Buick Cascada Dimensions

Buick Cascada Cargo Space

The Cascada has a 13.4-cubic-foot trunk, which is decent for the class. Lowering the top reduces trunk space to 9.8 cubic feet. The Cascada does have split-folding rear seats and a pass-through, however, which help you transport larger items.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Buick Cascada Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,979 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Buick Cascada Built?

Buick built the Cascada in Poland.


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