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2019 Buick Cascada Performance Review


Performance: 5.7

To put it simply, the 2019 Buick Cascada is probably the least athletic car in this class. The engine delivers enough power for most driving situations, but it never feels energetic, and it's further hampered by an indecisive transmission. The Cascada also trails the competition in terms of ride quality and agility.

  • "There's generous body roll in turns. The Cascada's SUV-like 4,000-pound curb weight coupled with its other dynamic shortcomings conspire to make this a car that is neither capable nor confidence-inspiring. It approaches its limits rapidly and with little warning." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "On the road, the 2016 Buick Cascada is a viceless car, performing every task well but never exceptionally so." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The Cascada features a turbocharged, 200-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Cascada gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the lowest ratings in the class.

The Cascada is a heavy car, and the engine lacks the power to move it at anything more than a leisurely pace. Additionally, the transmission frequently has to search for the correct gear, hurting efficiency and performance.

  • "The engine is lackadaisical until it's high in the rpm range, where it sadly sounds unhappy. The transmission is too eager to change gears, making gas pedal modulation more difficult than it should be. Our tested 0-60 mph time of 9.1 seconds makes the Cascada one of the slower cars on the road." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 Cascada generally delivers adequate ride quality, though you will feel some road imperfections when you drive over them. As for handling, the Cascada definitely profiles as a cruising vehicle. It leans around corners and lacks the agility of most class rivals. Front-wheel drive comes standard. All-wheel drive is not available.

  • "… the Cascada is slow, and the numb steering and poor handling don't inspire confidence. The brake pedal feel is a high point, but poor braking performance undermines that. This car is clearly designed for cruising." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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)

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