Sun-lovers looking for a four-seat droptop have a new option in the 2016 Buick Cascada, which has a starting price of $33,990 with destination. Going on sale early next year, the Cascada is based on the European-market Opel Cascada, and is the first Buick convertible offered on our shores in 25 years.
The Cascada’s list of standard features includes automatic climate control, a 7-inch infotainment screen with navigation and a backup camera, leather seats, a heated steering wheel, 20-inch wheels, and, of course, a power-operated softtop that lowers in 17 seconds. Buick is quick to point out that the Cascada costs $3,535 less than its closest competitor, the Audi A3 Cabriolet, and offers more features as standard. Other potential four-seat convertible competitors for the Cascada include the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, which starts at $26,415, and the BMW 228i Convertible, which starts at $39,645.
Optioning up the 2016 Buick Cascada is a simple proposition, and involves paying $3,000 extra for the Cascada Premium trim level. This model adds automatic windshield wipers, park assist, and active safety features like forward collision warning and lane departure warning.
As we learned at the Cascada’s 2015 Detroit auto show debut, the one and only powertrain option is a 200-hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. Stay tuned for more info to come, including official fuel economy ratings for this new Buick convertible.