Buick Cascada will start at $33,990

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The Buick Cascada goes on sale early next year, bringing open-air motoring to the brand in the US for the first time in 25 years, and you'll need $33,990 to buy the standard model. Notice there's no asterisk after that price in the headline, because $33,990 includes the destination charge.

Buick compares this convertible with the $37,525 Audi A3 droptop, noting that the 200-horsepower Cascada has 30 more hp, navigation and heated front seats as standard, eight-way power seats instead of four-way, 20-inch wheels instead of 17-inchers, and a heated steering wheel. The Cascada in Premium trim will run $36,990 and add forward collision alert and lane departure warning, auto headlights, park assist front and back, rain-sensing wipers, and two air deflectors.

Quite a few of you have commented that it would be great if Buick could price the Cascada where the defunct Chrysler 200 Convertible used to live, and it's in the neighborhood. The 2014 200 S convertible was the top of the line in the model's last year, came with a 283-hp, 3.6-liter V6, and started at $33,445 before destination. It lacked the features, refinement, and looks of the Cascada, and that thirsty V6 got you gas mileage of 14 highway, 21 city. The soon-to-depart Volkswagen Eos, which also comes up frequently in Comments, starts at $32,860 after destination.

If Buick kept the suspension tuning engaging, this could be really good. There's a press release below with more info.

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Buick Cascada Priced at $33,990
Well-equipped convertible offers high levels of standard content, technology

DETROIT, 2015-09-23 – The top-down driving experience of the 2016 Cascada – Buick's first convertible offered in the United States in 25 years – is priced at $33,990.

When it goes on sale early next year, the Cascada will offer more standard content, a more powerful standard engine and a lower starting price than the Audi A3 Cabriolet.

"Cascada expands Buick's lineup with a uniquely fun and personal driving experience," said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. "With a lower price than key competitors, it also promises to shake up the segment – and look good doing it."

The 2016 Cascada – designed from the ground up as a convertible – comes well-equipped in a 2+2 configuration, with room for four adults. Performance is rooted in a 200-horsepower (149 kW) turbo engine, backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, with Buick's sophisticated HiPer Strut front suspension and a Watts Z-link rear suspension standard.

Additional standard features:

Acoustically and thermally insulated electro-hydraulic power roof that lowers in only 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph
High-intensity discharge, articulating headlamps and front LED daytime running lamps; and LED taillamps
Automated, spring-loaded and pyrotechnically activated rollover bars behind the rear seat that are linked to the air bag system
IntelliLink system with 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
Navigation radio and seven-speaker premium audio system
Rear Vision camera
Remote start
Dual-zone climate control
Front and rear 12-volt power outlets
Heat-reflective leather-appointed seating
Heated front seats with eight-way power adjustments
Heated, leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel
Twenty-inch aluminum wheels with bi-color finish
Electric power steering
Rear Park Assist
A Cascada Premium model, priced at $36,990, adds:

Forward Collision Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Automatic headlamp control with tunnel detection
Front and Rear Park Assist
Rainsense automatic windshield wipers
Twenty-inch wheels with "diamond graphic" bi-color finish
Front and rear air deflectors.
The Cascada also offers plenty of storage space, including 13.4 cubic feet of cargo room with the top up and 9.8 cubic feet with the top down, as well as a 22.4-inch x 12.6-inch (320 mm x 570 mm) pass-through from the trunk to the passenger compartment. When the 50/50-split rear seat is folded, longer items such as skis and wakeboards can be stowed inside.

Editors' note: Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price includes destination freight charge but excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Excludes other General Motors vehicles.

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