As my kids like to quote the ubiquitous TV commercial, “that’s NOT a Buick!”  Why yes it certainly is, boys.

The 2016 Cascada is a vastly new entry to the Buick lineup.  Its fast-retracting, soft top system can close while still moving at speeds up to 31mph.  No worries about outside noise with this ragtop; handling Bluetooth phone calls could easily be heard.  The chrome accents and 20-inch aluminum wheels make the car look sleek and – dare I say – sexay.

It certainly had some pep on my test drive from Miami to Key West (yes the top was down most of the way).  The 1.6 liter 200-hp turbocharged engine makes driving fun with some zip when the pedal is pushed.  Buick took safety seriously adding features like automated rollover pop-up bars, available Forward Collision Alert and available Lane Departure Warning.  The back seat can hold a suitcase or two (as well as the trunk when the roof is closed) but beware of the limited legroom back there.

Technologies include available OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot and the myBuick app let you lock, unlock, and remotely start your vehicle.  The 7″ diagonal touch screen with Intellilink is easy to read even in the glaring sun.

The Cascada starts at $33,065 and tops out just under $37k with the Premium version.


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