2019 Buick Cascada

2019 MODEL
$33,070 - $37,070

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2019 Buick Cascada Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 8, 2019


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.

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Pros

Handsome and sleek looks

A long list of standard features

Good NVH insulation

Cons

High curb weight

Cramped rear seats

Low fuel economy

Dated interiors

What's New?

No Mechanical changes over the previous model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33070

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

97 cu.in.

horsepower

200 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

207 lbs.-ft @ 1800 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.5/62.5

dimensions

wheelbase

106.1 in.

length

184.9 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

56.8 in.

curb weight

3979 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

37.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

highway range

414.7 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

6 yr. / 70000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Buick Cascada in Summit White color  2019 Buick Cascada in Darkmoon Blue Metallic color
Summit White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine And Performance

5.5

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

5.0

Safety

5.0

5.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Buick Cascada Base

Base

power
200 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$33,070


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $33,070 MSRP (21/24/29) 200 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 4   Dark Moon Blue Metallic
  Summit White

 2019 Buick Cascada Premium

Premium

power
200 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$36,070


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $36,070 MSRP (21/24/29) 200 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 4   Dark Moon Blue Metallic
  Rioja Red Metallic
  Summit White
  Flip Chip Silver Metallic

 2019 Buick Cascada Sport Touring

Sport Touring

power
200 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$37,070


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Touring 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $37,070 MSRP (21/24/29) 200 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 4   Summit White
  Sport Red
  Ebony Twilight Metallic

Expert Review

5.4

Overall Rating


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

5.0/10
Features

 

5.5/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

5.0/10
Exterior

 

5.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Buick Cascada 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.

2019 Buick Cascada 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
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
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
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

2019 Buick Cascada 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

2019 Buick Cascada Interior

6.0/10

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
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
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
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

2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada interior
2019 Buick Cascada interior
2019 Buick Cascada front seat
2019 Buick Cascada front seat
2019 Buick Cascada rear seat
2019 Buick Cascada rear seat
2019 Buick Cascada steering
2019 Buick Cascada steering
2019 Buick Cascada instrumental cluster
2019 Buick Cascada instrumental cluster
2019 Buick Cascada interior
2019 Buick Cascada interior

2019 Buick Cascada 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
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.

2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada
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2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada

2019 Buick Cascada 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.

2019 Buick Cascada Competition

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
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
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
2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible

 

2019 Buick Cascada 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.