2019 Cascada New Car Test Drive
Until the Buick Cascada made its debut, GM's premium brand hadn't had a convertible for decades. Now it's going to be without one again. New for 2016, the Cascada will end its run with the 2019 model year.
Nothing significant has changed for the 2019 model year. Buick offers its Cascada in three trim levels: base 1SV, Premium, and Sport Touring.
A relatively small turbocharged engine goes into every Cascada. The 1.6-liter turbo-4 makes 200 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, delivered through a 6-speed automatic transmission. Cascadas come only with front-wheel drive.
Crash-test scores have been reasonably good, but such active-safety features as automatic emergency braking are absent. The NHTSA gave the 2019 Cascada five-star ratings overall and for the side-impact test, but only a four-star score for the frontal collision.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet rated the Cascada for crashworthiness.
Six airbags are standard, including side-impact airbags for rear-seat passengers. Premium and Sport Touring trim levels come with forward-collision warnings, but not automatic emergency braking.
The Cascada is a compact, so its interior space can seem snug. It makes up for that with quite an elegantly appealing body. All Cascadas have a power-folding fabric roof that folds neatly into the trunk, in less than 20 seconds. .
Prices do not include $925 destination charge.
Base Cascada 1SV ($33,070) includes leather seat upholstery, heated power front seats, keyless start, a heated steering wheel, 20-inch twin-spoke wheels, a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, navigation, wi-fi hotspot, and Bluetooth.
Premium ($36,070) adds forward-collision warnings, lane-departure warnings, front/rear parking sensors, foglights, and automatic headlights.
Sport Touring ($37,070) adds sport pedals, a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, unique interior accents, and black pocket wheels..