2019 Buick Cascada

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Starting MSRP 

$36,070 - $37,070

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Key Spec of 2019 Buick Cascada
fuel economy

21/24/29

fuel type

Premium unleaded (recommended)

horsepower

200 hp @ 5500 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

2019 Buick Cascada Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 22, 2022

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Buick has been America's answer to European luxury, alongside its compatriot, Lincoln (Lincoln is arguably more upmarket though). If you wish to own a home brand that offers luxury at a reasonable price, then you could put your faith in Buick. The Cascada is one of the best options in the segment, that offers great comfort, and reasonable sportiness in a compact and elegant form. Pull up to an event in this car, and people will mistake you for a celebrity.

For uncompromised luxury, you can opt for the Avenir trims of various Buick models. Sadly, Buick hasn’t been building marvels of engineering lately, but fans of the marque are still hoping for a stroke of brilliance. So, is the Cascada the one they’ve been waiting for. Let's find out.


ProsConsWhat's New

Handsome and sleek looks

High curb weight

No Mechanical changes over the previous model

A long list of standard features

Cramped rear seats

Good NVH insulation

Low fuel economy

Dated interiors

Over All Rating

5.7

Out of 10

Pricing and Features7.00
Pricing and Feature6.00
Features5.00
Engine and Performance5.50
Fuel Economy4.00
Interior6.20
Exterior5.00
Safety5.00
Competition6.00
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Trims

Premium$36,070 onwards

Sport Touring$37,070 onwards



Colors and Styles

2019 Buick Cascada in Dark Moon Blue Metallic color
Dark Moon Blue Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Cascada locks horns against the likes of entry-level luxury convertibles; Audi A3 and BMW 2-series convertibles. The Cascada costs almost the same as a Miata RF convertible but in essence, is the exact opposite car. The Buick is comparatively a lot more luxurious than the Mazda convertible and larger as well (although interior space isn’t so good). Miata’s cousin, the Fiat 124 spider, is also a competitor. With such strong competitors in this price range, it will be interesting to see how the Buick holds up.

2019 Buick Cascada Angular Front View
2019 Buick Cascada Angular Rear View

Features
5.0/10

With the 2019 Buick Cascada, you can choose from three different trims; a base model Cascada, a higher trim 'Premium', and the top 'Touring' trim

Trim

Cascada

Premium

Sport Touring

MSRP

$33,070

$36,070

$37,070

Key Features

Standard Features include:

Same features as Cascada with following additions/changes

Same features as ‘Premium’ with following additions/changes

 

Diamond Graphic Twin-Spoke Wheels

Dynamic Twin-Spoke Wheels

Dynamic Twin-Spoke Black Pocket Wheels

 

Leather-Appointed Seats

Three Color Options for the Soft-top

Alloy Sport Pedals

 

Heated Front Seats and Steering Wheel

Forward Collision Alert

Flat-Bottom Sport Steering Wheel

 

Built-in Navigation

Front and Rear Park Assist

Unique Interior Trim Accents

We Recommend

The base model is quite good value and is the one we recommend. Sport Touring trim costs dangerously close to Audi A3 convertible, which offers a much better engine.

Engine and Performance
5.5/10

Buick knows that sometimes it’s more fun to drop your top—hence the Cascada…

...Despite its sleek looks, the Cascada weighs almost 2 tons, which hinders performance.   -Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

Buick Cascada uses a tiny 1.6-Liter 4-Cylinder engine. It may not seem like much, but the engine breathes through a turbocharger. The max power output is 200 horsepower, not a lot, but enough for some fun antics. A 6-speed transmission comes standard, and there is a manual mode too if the need for speed ever hits you. The power surge is best described as gentle and isn't as exciting as some other cars in this segment. Also, the Cascada is heavy, which means the motor has a lot of work, which reduces both performance and fuel-efficiency.

2019 Buick Cascada Engine

Models

Buick Cascada convertible

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Mini Cooper convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

MSRP

$33,995

$29,040

$31,180

$31,500

$31,750

$33,240

$38,900

$41,100

Engine

1.6L inline-4 Gas

1.4L inline-4

2.3L, Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

2.0L Inline-4 Turbo engine

2.0L inline-4

2.0L inline-4 Premium Unleaded

2.0L inline-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 engine

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

7-speed S Tronic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

200 hp@ 5500rpm

160 hp@ 5500rpm

310 hp @ 5500 pm

275hp @ 5600

189 hp@ 5000rpm

181 hp@ 7000rpm

186 hp@ 4400rpm

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque

207 lb-ft. @ 1800 rpm

184 lb-ft. @ 3200 rpm

350 lb-ft. @ 3000 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 3000-4500 rpm

207 lb-ft. @ 1350 rpm

151 lb-ft. @ 4000 rpm

221 lb-ft. @ 1600rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm

Ford Mustang, even in its EcoBoost avatar, is the most powerful car in this price range. It is also quite large, although rear seats are barely usable. BMW 2-series has the best balance of all; power, performance, comfort, sportiness, and space (not rear though). Sadly, the Beemer demands a lot of money, a lot more than the Cascada.

Acceleration

As stated earlier, the power delivery is best described as gentle. The Cascada is the slowest car in the segment, taking over 8 seconds to run from 0 to 60 mph. The quarter-mile is covered in a similarly lethargic 16 and a half seconds. This can primarily be accounted to the weight of the car, which makes the tiny engine work hard
 

2019 Buick Cascada Acceleration

Models

Buick Cascada convertible

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Mini Cooper convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

0-60 MPH

8.3 sec

6.2 sec

5.0 sec

5.4 sec

6.2 sec

6.1 sec

5.9 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter mile

16.5 sec

14.7 sec

13.0 sec

14 second

14.7 sec

14.4 sec

N/A

12.7 sec

Engine

1.6L inline-4 Gas

1.4L inline-4

2.3L

2.0 Liters

2.0L inline-4

2.0L inline-4 Premium Unleaded

2.0L inline-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0 Liters

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.4

5.9

7.1

N/A

7.1

6.0

N/A

N/A

Ride and Handling

The steering on the Cascada has quite a relaxed feel, which lends ease of driving within the city. It isn't good for the highway though, due to the lack of adequate feedback. The suspension is great and absorbs most of the bumps, but doesn't contain body roll under cornering. The handling of the car leaves a lot to be desired. The visibility through isn't great, as the low roofline pushes the driver’s perch downwards. That isn't a problem though, as you can simply stow the roof behind and crane your neck in tight spaces.

Braking

The 2019 Buick Cascada utilizes a disc brake setup on all four wheels, helped further by ABS. It is quite a heavy car; the heaviest among affordable convertible cars. The braking is affected by the bulk, which is why the Buick takes 124 feet to come to a halt from the 60 MPH mark. This figure isn't too bad in itself, although other cars in this segment pull even better figures.

2019 Buick Cascada Wheel

Model

Buick Cascada convertible

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Mini Cooper convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

11

12.6

12.6

11.6

11

12.3

12.3

Brake Rear (in.)

11.5

11

12.6

12.4

10.2

11

10.7

11.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3979

2436

3706

3627

2985

2453

3428

3680

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

N/A

106

129

N/A

112

N/A

113

Fuel Economy
4.0/10

The Buick Convertible loses out in terms of fuel efficiency as well, primarily due to the weight. It can haul around its bulk for 21 miles in the city, and 29 miles on the highway. Paired with a 14.3-gallon fuel tank, the Cascada offers an average range of 343 miles on a full tank. 

Model

Buick Cascada convertible

Fiat 124 Spider

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Mini Cooper convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

MPG (city)

21

26

20

20

23

26

25

24

MPG (highway)

29

35

28

30

32

34

33

34

MPG (combined)

24

30

23

23

26

29

28

27

Range (city/highway)

300 / 415

309 / 417

N/A

N/A

267 / 371

309 / 405

N/A

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

14.3

11.9

N/A

N/A

11.6

11.9

13.2

N/A

Interior
6.2/10

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.  -Cars.usnew

Seating and Comfort

The seats of the Cascada are extremely comfy, and designed to accommodate people of all sizes. On long drives, however, they can feel a little firm and can unsuitable for long drives. Moreover, the driving experience isn’t too exciting (or distracting), which means you would be noticing the discomfort a lot. The ride is supple though, although Cascada could still be a bit on the harsh side on bad roads. Overall, the comfort is good for two adults and two children. Any more would be a stretch too far for the car.

2019 Buick Cascada Seating

Model

Buick Cascada convertible

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Mini Cooper convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

Passenger capacity

4

2

4

4

4

2

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/54.6/42.2

37.4/52.1/43.1

37.6/56.3/45.1

38.5/55/43.9

39.8/51.0/41.4

36.8/52.2/43.1

37.4/54.8/41.2

40.5/54.4/41.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.1/45.8/32.8

-

35.7/44.7/29.2

33.4/TBD/29.9

39.0/39.7/30.9

-

36.3/45.7/31.9

31.8/42.2/31.8

Infotainment

The base model of the 2019 Cascada comes equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, complete with the following standard features:

2019 Buick Cascada Infotainment Display
  • Sattelite Navigation
  • Bluetooth
  • wi-fi hotspot
  • A rearview camera
  • OnStar telematics (5-year basic plan)

Cargo volume

The Cascada has a fine amount of cargo space in the trunk, useful only when the roof is up. With the roof down, space reduces down from 13.4 to 10 cubic feet, at which point its not good for anything but office supplies. It offers the maximum cargo space amongst the rivals. The trunk opening is pretty small too, making it difficult to load luggage into the car.

2019 Buick Cascada Cargo space

Model

Buick Cascada convertible

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Mini Cooper convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.4

4.9

13.5

7.3

7.6

4.5

9.9

11.8

Exterior
5.0/10

No changes were made as Buick shuffled the Cascada ahead into the 2019 model year.

That’s good news for the looks, which we’ve admired since the Cascada was new three years ago. -The Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

The weight of the 2019 Buick Cascada has already been discussed above, and it is on the heavier side. On the positive side, the Cascada has a fine ground clearance of 5.7 inches, enough to save the underbelly from scraping on the road surface. It is also very tall and quite long as well, which gives it a more commanding stance on the road.

2019 Buick Cascada side view

It also has the highest track width and the longest wheelbase of 62.5 inches and 106.1 inches respectively, although it doesn't aid with the handling.

Model

Buick Cascada convertible

Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Mini Cooper convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club convertible

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

3979

2436

3706

3627

2985

2453

3428

3680

Length(in)

184.9

159.6

188.5

188.3

151.9

154.1

174.1

174.7

Width(in)

72.4

68.5

75.4

74.7

68.0

68.3

N/A

69.8

Height(in)

56.8

48.5

54.9

52.9

55.7

49.0

55.5

55.6

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

5.7

NA

TBD

4.5

5.3

N/A

5.5

Wheelbase (in)

106.1

90.9

107.1

110.7

98.2

90.9

102.2

105.9

Track width (in) F/R

62.5/62.5

58.9/59.1

62.3/64.9

62.5/63.7

58.5/58.5

58.9/59.2

61.2/60.1

59.9/61.3

The Buick is extremely classy, and although it is quite small for a Buick, it isn’t quite small. Next to a few other 2-seater convertibles, the Cascada is a little bulky, but for good reasons. Due to its larger dimensions, it looks extremely well proportioned, especially with the roof up. The side profile resembles a hamster, the cutest one you’ve ever seen, and with darker colors, this car would age really well. Even the alloys wheels add a layer of class to the car.

Safety
5.0/10

For 2019, Buick’s tiny convertible features a lot of, well, features. Chief among these are:

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rollover Protection (high-strength steel pop-up roll bars)
  • OnStar Automatic Crash Response
  • OnStar Emergency Services
  • OnStar Roadside Assistance

IIHS Rating is unavailable for the 2019 Buick Cascada for now.

Competition
6.0/10

Buick Cascada vs Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club

Compared to the Buick, the Mazda feels like a proper sports car; light, nimble, minimalistic. While both cars have really compact dimensions, the Miata is light, while the Buick is more luxurious. What you have here are two opposite ideologies presented in a similar package. Just pick the one that suits you better. Want a track car that can be used on the streets? Miata it is! Looking for a comfy commuter that can road trip as well? Go for the Cascada!

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club

Buick Cascada vs Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

If you aren’t really looking for a compact car, then forget everything and get the EcoBoost Mustang. The power difference alone is massive enough to disprove all the arguments you can present in favor of, well, any other car in this price range. The problem? Sadly, if you’re buying a Mustang without a V8 motor, some people might pinch their noses and look away in disgust. Just avoid those people and you’ll be fine.

2019 Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Buick Cascada vs BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

To be honest, the BMW 2-series is a little too expensive to be your choice if you’re restricted by your budget. The Buick should be your choice then. If you, however, can afford the extra moolah, there are thousands of reasons why you should get the Beemer. Its German; reliability and superior build quality are default characteristics. You also get better bragging rights, which is great if you’re going to drive around town with the roof down.

2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible

 

Final Verdict

Buick Cascada isn’t a car for someone who wants to tear up a racetrack, but rather a car for the gentleman who wants to speed through a valley. Just sit back and relax, and this car will take you places in absolute comfort. You could find a little more luxury in an Audi A3 or a BMW 2-series, but those are more expensive options.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$37070

body style

2dr Convertible

engine type
displacement

97 cu in

horse power

200 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

207 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

dimensions
length

185 in

wheelbase

106 in

width

72 in

curb weight

3979 lbs

Height

57 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

36.1 cu ft

cargo volume

13.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

4 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

highway range

414.7 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Buick Cascada 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$34,578
5 Year Cost To Own
$53,695
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $53,695
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$11,527$1,363$1,115$1,248$1,091$16,344
Insurance$1,593$1,649$1,706$1,766$1,828$8,542
Fuel$2,537$2,614$2,692$2,773$2,856$13,472
Maintenance$504$875$765$1,374$1,754$5,272
RepairsNANANA$401$616$1,017
Financing Interest$1,860$1,495$1,107$693$250$5,405
Taxes and Fees$2,892$200$191$184$176$3,643
Total Cost-To-Own$20,913$8,196$7,576$8,439$8,571$53,695
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