2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring: Putting the Comfort Back Into Convertible

Published: Monday, July 10, 2017 | 8:29 PM

2017buickcascada475There are no shortages of convertibles on the market, but a comfortable convertible? Not so much. Last year Buick put the comfort back in convertible with the return of the Cascada. This year Buick adds a Sport Touring model to the lineup.

With it’s bright red paint job and black rag top, I got a lot of looks and plenty of stares. It was hot, but smooth at the same time. Buick favored comfort over sport and a smooth ride is the result. And it has plenty of room in the back seat so you don’t have to give up driving with friends and family.

There are three trim levels offered on the Cascada: Base, Premium and the newly debuted Sport Touring. This review will focus on the Sport Touring trim level.

With a hot red paint job and hot alloy wheels the Sport Touring also adds a special black interior trim and a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel to the ample standard equipment.

Standard equipment includes; a power-operated rag top, adaptive xenon headlights, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, remote engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power and heated front seats, 50/50 split folding rear seats, a heated tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen display with the Premium trim touchscreen navigation, voice controls, smartphone integration, review camera, OnStar with a 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot, seven-speaker sound system with CD player, sat radio and USB media interface. Plus the Premium additions of foglights, automatic wipers, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and air deflectors front and rear.

2017buickcascadaintWith a turbocharged 1.6-liter four banger you’ll speed down the highway with 200 horses and 207 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic makes the wheels turn. Mileage estimates are 20/city, 27/highway, and 23/combined mpg.

Comfy leather upholstery graces the front and back seats, and the front seats are heated. The dash is adorned with a plethora of knobs and buttons with the 7-inch touchscreen front and center. Adults will be quite comfortable in the front seats but rear seats should be used for smaller adults and children. Access to the back seats is easy with the a flip of a latch on the front seat, the seat then moves electrically forward giving greater access.

What’s really cool is that you don’t have to be stopped to lower the top, it can be done at speeds of up to 31 mph in just 17 seconds. The trunk is useful too (not so much with most convertibles) with 13.4 cubic feet of space with the top up and 9.8 cubic feet with it down. The backseats can also be lowered for greater cargo space.

Cruising with the top down in the Cascada is a pleasure with firm handling and a smooth ride. Acceleration is good but in passing situations it may require a bit of a head start. The interior is pretty quiet for a convertible.

Want to buy a convertible but don’t want to give up your family and friends? Give the 2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring a test drive.