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2019 Buick Cascada Interior Review

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Interior: 6.4

The interior of the 2019 Buick Cascada feels past its prime, though it is quiet with the top up. Some find the materials low-rent by luxury car standards and not as well-built as some rivals. Though reasonably roomy, the seats are unsupportive, and the technology is old and unintuitive. Trunk space is average for the class.

  • "We were disappointed to note a number of creaks and squeaks from around the cabin while driving since our tester showed less than 2,000 miles on the odometer. There's also quite a lot of hard plastic around the interior, though the touch points are mostly padded or covered in soft-touch material." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 four and comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front sport seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. No seating upgrades are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

This Buick provides a decent amount of interior space, though getting in and out of the rear seats is tough. The seats have a reasonable amount of legroom, but they lack support and get uncomfortable at the end of a long day of driving.

  • "The seats are shaped to accommodate a number of body types, but they are a bit flat and firm, which means they don't do very much to improve ride comfort. On longer drives, we also found ourselves fidgeting as the seats got a little swampy; the stiffness begins to wear on you after a while." -- 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 … 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)
  • "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

Standard features in the Cascada include Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a seven-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. The Cascada's power convertible soft top lowers in 17 seconds.

Available features include front parking sensors, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

When it comes to technology, the Cascada trails nearly every competitor. It lacks features you can find in many rivals, and the systems it does offer are antiquated. To make matters worse, the center stack looks busy because of its many buttons, while the touch screen has an outdated interface and is hard to reach from the driver's seat.

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  • "The steering wheel controls are easy to learn, but beyond that the Cascada has issues. The recessed touchscreen requires leaning out of your seat to reach it, and the interface is dated and not streamlined. The many buttons on the center stack are not logically organized and take a while to master." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
  • "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 trunk shows the amount of cargo space that remains open when the convertible top is down, but it gets in the way if the top is up. The Cascada has a rear-seat pass-through and split-folding rear seats, which give you some flexibility to haul larger items.

  • "The Cascada offers some of the utility of a compact car, but only as long as you're willing to forgo using the convertible top. Unfortunately, it lacks many of the clever storage solutions commonly found in newer vehicles. The manual trunk partition that allows the top to work is not convenient." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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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