2018 Buick Cascada

Performance


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2018 Buick Cascada Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 7.3

With composed handling and a smooth ride quality, the 2018 Buick Cascada is the ideal convertible for a laid-back drive. Its turbocharged four-cylinder (the only engine available) is powerful enough for cruising, but it's not particularly brisk, and it doesn't get very good gas mileage.

  • "This is the perfect car for that lazy Sunday drive up the coast. With top down you can feel the sun on your face, hear the waves crashing into the sand and smell the salty sea air. The 2018 Buick Cascada is sporty, but it isn't a sports car. It's a cruiser, not a bruiser." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • On the road, the 2016 Buick Cascada is a viceless car, performing every task well but never exceptionally so." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • "The car's steering is nicely balanced but not overly communicative, and the overall experience of driving one is unhurried and relaxed. 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 (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The Cascada comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is adequate, but not blistering. This 200-horsepower engine is built for cruising – it's smooth and quiet on the highway – but gas mileage isn't great. The Cascada gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

  • At 4,000 pounds, the 200-horsepower convertible is adequately spunky, delivering good acceleration with only the faintest hint of turbo lag. Its 6-speed automatic transmission isn't exactly state-of-the-art, but its gear changes are smooth. Still, the Buick is slower than its rivals with a 0-60-mph time of over 8.0 seconds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Furthering its mellow vibe is the relatively small 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's tasked with hauling around the car's rather hefty weight, an arrangement that results in adequate but lackluster acceleration." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The engine is also quiet, producing just a muted whine under full acceleration. Speaking of acceleration, the Cascada's is more than adequate, if not exactly racy. Nail the gas from a stop, and the car moves away with a turbo-typical 'gentlemanly' launch, followed about 10 feet out by a stronger surge. Buick says the 0-60-mph sprint takes a believable 8.6 seconds, and we found the transmission kicks down fairly quickly for more passing power." -- Consumer Guide (2016)

Handling and Braking

The front-wheel-drive Cascada is stable and composed, with predictable steering and brakes. The suspension does a good job absorbing most road imperfections.

  • "We also wouldn't pit it against a BMW 2 Series in the corners, despite its standard 20-inch wheels and tires. But the roomy and comfortable Buick Cascada is a fantastic Sunday drive companion, with a smooth ride, a rigid structure and lightly weighted and responsive steering." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "On the road, the Cascada is quiet and smooth, with a relaxed, supple ride. With the top up, there's surprisingly little wind noise for a convertible." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "In its element - a leisurely top-down cruise - the Cascada performs well enough, with secure handling for its size and a smooth, unruffled ride quality despite its big 20-inch alloy wheels." -- Edmunds (2017)
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