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2017 Buick Cascada OVERVIEW
There was a quarter-century gulf between Buick convertible models that was finally closed when the midsize Cascada arrived in 2016. The first Buick drop-top since the stylish Reatta was discontinued in 1991, this Opel-supplied 2+2 convertible comes loaded with premium features.
What's New for 2017
Introduced to the U.S. market in 2016, the Buick Cascada adds a Sport Touring trim for 2017. The two other trims carry over unchanged.
Choosing Your Buick Cascada
The 2017 Buick Cascada is available in Cascada (Base), Premium, and Sport Touring trims.
All models are powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine generates 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The 2017 Cascada delivers an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
A sport-tuned suspension is standard and brings in Hi-Per front struts, a compound crank Z-link rear suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes at the corners. The system has been calibrated to reduce torque steer.
Upgrades are limited, but include individual items like Deep Sky metallic paint ($395), floor mats ($100), and a smoker’s package ($55) for the base model. Cascada Premium shoppers can opt for all-weather floor mats ($140) or a sport pedal kit ($165). A small number of accessory items are available on the Sport Touring trim too.
Prices do not include a $925 destination freight charge.
The Cascada Premium trim brings in additional safety features and adds navigation, offering a complete package for this model line. Although only $1,000 more, the Sport Touring trim doesn’t offer anything beyond decorative updates to justify spending an extra grand on this model.