2016 Buick Cascada is Your $34,915 Affordable Mid-life Crisis

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
2016 buick cascada is your 34 915 affordable mid life crisis

Buick announced Wednesday that its first convertible-only model in the U.S. for 25 years will start at $34,915, including $925 destination, when it goes on sale early next year. The Cascada Premium model, which adds front and rear park assist and other safety features, will start at $37,915.

The front-wheel drive, 2+2 convertible will come standard with 20-inch wheels, remote start, backup camera, heated seats and LED headlights.

The Cascada will line up against the Audi A3 Cabriolet, which starts at $37,525, including $925 destination, and the Mini Cooper Convertible, which starts at $26,550, including $850 destination, for coveted upper middle-class divorcee money.

The Cascada will sport General Motors’ 1.6-liter turbo four with direct injection and variable valve timing poached from Opel. It will produce 200 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque (221 lb.-ft. on overboost) in the Buick. The Cascada will be automatic-only in the U.S. (it won’t be sold in Canada) despite the Opel version being offered as a row-your-own in Europe.

According to Buick, the Cascada will offer 13.4 cubes of room in the trunk with the top up; 9.8 cubes with the top down. Rear 50/50 split folding rear seats can get out of the way on serious Home Depot runs — or something.

The Cascada will sport HiPer Strut suspension up front taken from the LaCrosse and Regal, and a Z-link setup in the rear. Navigation is standard on the Cascada, but where we’re going, we don’t need maps, man.

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