2018 Buick Cascada

Interior


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2018 Buick Cascada Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.7

The four-seat 2018 Buick Cascada is reasonably comfortable and quiet, with more cargo room than most luxury convertibles. Its interior score is low, however, due in part to stale styling, outdated technology, and few fancy upgrades.

  • "Impressively roomy for a drop-top this size, the 2018 Buick Cascada can seat four average-size adults. Seat comfort is high, and the rest of the interior is well finished and nicely detailed. Unfortunately there are a few dated design details like a bazillion buttons on the dash and a smallish infotainment screen." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The plethora of dashboard switches and controls can also be confusing, and the infotainment system is dated in both its appearance and operation. Some of the desirable features we'd expect to find in a luxury model — amenities such as keyless start and a blind-spot monitoring system — aren't even offered." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Interior materials match the price, with the padded dash, door tops, and armrests being augmented by nice-looking plastics. Subtle silver accents don't do much to brighten what is a rather bland-looking cockpit in solid black, but two-tone color combinations are available that liven things up a bit." -- Consumer Guide (2016)

Seating

The Cascada seats two people in the front and two people in the back on standard leather upholstery. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10-way power-adjustable front sport seats, heated front seats, and a split-folding rear seat are also included. No seating upgrades are available. For child safety seats, each rear seat comes with a full set of lower and upper LATCH anchors.

The seat cushions and passenger space are decent for small outings, but test drivers aren't as pleased with either for a full day of driving. Legroom in the front and rear is average for this class.

  • "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 … 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "Top up or down, the interior is a little cramped for larger drivers, though the back seats are surprisingly large (while still not exactly roomy) for a car this size." -- Autotrader (2017)

Interior Features

The 2018 Cascada comes standard with Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, OnStar with a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth for phone calls and streaming audio, satellite radio, a seven-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and adaptive headlights. Additional options include front parking sensors, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Test drivers aren't thrilled by the Cascada's infotainment system. It's a stretch for the driver to reach the touch screen, which feels undersized, and the excessive number of redundant controls augment the cabin's aging feel.

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  • "To us, the Cascada's biggest disappointment is its technology, which is no surprise considering that this car actually went on sale more than 3 years ago in foreign markets. It certainly feels old, with the center control stack cluttered by a multitude of buttons. … Buick's otherwise user-friendly IntelliLink system is also saddled with a smaller touchscreen than you'll find in other Buicks, and its placement deep within a cowl can make it difficult to reach." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "Fans of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are unfortunately left out in the cold, with those capabilities not being available on the Cascada's older-generation IntellLink system. … Also signaling the Cascada's older infotainment system are the long load times for the navigation system." -- CNET (2016)

Cargo

The Cascada has a 13.4-cubic-foot trunk, which is decent for the class. Lowering the top reduces cargo space to 9.8 cubic feet. A partition in the back shows the amount of trunk space that remains open when the convertible top is down. The trunk can somewhat expand into the back seat, thanks to split-folding rear seats and a pass-through.

  • "Flipping its lid does trim the car's generous 13.4-cubic-foot trunk capacity to a still-serviceable 9.8 cubic feet." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2017)
  • "Trunk space is decent for a compact convertible, but its top-up 13.4 cubic feet shrinks to 9.8 with the top down; a partition raises and lowers so you know how much you can pack and still drop the top. The rear seat backs fold to lengthen the cargo area, and that's the only way to carry a set of golf clubs, as the trunk is otherwise too narrow between the walls." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
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