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Buick turns heads with its Cascada convertible

Packing a potent turbocharged engine, handsome looks and ride quality befitting a comfortable weekend drop-top cruiser, the Cascada is a surprise.

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The 2016 Buick Cascada is the brand's first convertible in the US in 25 years.

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The 2016 Buick Cascada begins hitting dealers shortly with a base price of $33,990.

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Compared to its Opel counterpart, the Buick Cascada receives different front and rear fascias.

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Buick hopes the 2016 Cascada will draw in new, younger customers to its showrooms.

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The 2016 Cascada is one of the seven new products Buick plans to have out by 2018.

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A swept-back windshield gives the 2016 Buick Cascada a sportier look.

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Ordering the 2016 Cascada is relatively simple with six exterior colors, two interior colors and two different trim levels.

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The 2016 Buick Cascada's power convertible soft top operates at speeds up to 31 mph.

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Buick designers say the subtle character lines throughout the 2016 Cascada's sheetmetal give it a sculpted look.

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Powering the 2016 Buick Cascada is a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

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Two 20-inch wheel designs are available on the 2016 Buick Cascada.

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High-intensity discharge headlights are standard on the 2016 Buick Cascada.

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LED taillights are standard on the 2016 Buick Cascada.

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The 2016 Buick Cascada's $33,990 base price undercuts smaller convertibles on the market, including the Audi A3 Cabriolet and BMW 2 Series Convertible.

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In terms of size, the 2016 Buick Cascada stacks up favorably with the Lexis IS Convertible and Audi A5 Cabriolet.

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The sole transmission available in the 2016 Buick Cascada is a conventional six-speed automatic.

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With the top down, the 2016 Buick Cascada drew plenty of attention on the road and sitting still on a beach during a photoshoot.

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Beachgoers we spoke with were shocked to find out that the Cascada is a Buick.

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The 2016 Buick Cascada's face is more approachable than it is aggressive.

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The 2016 Buick Cascada sits on a 106.1-inch wheelbase.

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The 2016 Buick Cascada features a Watts Z-link rear suspension setup.

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Up front, the 2016 Cascada features Buick's sophisticated HiPer strut front suspension system.

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The power soft top on the 2016 Buick Cascada goes up and down in just 17 seconds.

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The power top on the 2016 Buick Cascada works at speeds of up to 31 mph.

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With the top up, the 2016 Buick Cascada offers 13.4 cubic feet of trunk space.

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Even with the roof up, the 2016 Buick Cascada features a nice silloutte.

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Like most soft-top convertibles, there's a large blind spot with the roof up.

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Unfortunately, a blind-spot monitoring system isn't available on the 2016 Buick Cascada.

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The 2016 Buick Cascada's top features generous amounts of thermal and acoustic insulation.

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High-intensity discharge lights come standard on all 2016 Buick Cascadas.

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Fog lights come standard on the 2016 Buick Cascada, too.

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All 2016 Buick Cascadas come standard with 20-inch wheels. This is one of two available designs.

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The side mirrors on the 2016 Buick Cascada.

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Here's a closer look at the LED taillights, which are bisected by a piece of brightwork.

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The 2016 Buick Cascada features an exclusive rear fascia design compared to its Opel counterpart.

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To pop the trunk, simply press the large Buick emblem on the back of the 2016 Cascada.

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The 2016 Buick Cascada packs 200 horsepower from its 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

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The turbo engine in the 2016 Buick Cascada is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway by the EPA.

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The dash layout of the 2016 Buick Cascada.

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Navigation comes standard on all 2016 Buick Cascadas.

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Materials throughout the interior are of good quality in the 2016 Buick Cascada.

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The center stack on the 2016 Buick Cascada looks dated with a large number of buttons.

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Heated front seats and steering wheel are standard on the 2016 Buick Cascada.

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The front seats in the 2016 Buick Cascada were designed with wider Americans in mind.

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The front seats in the 2016 Buick Cascada are comfortable, with just the right amount of side and lower back support.

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The backseats in the 2016 Buick Cascada can hold adults for short trips.

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A power arm helps front passengers easily put their seatbelts on in the 2016 Buick Cascada.

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Steering wheel audio controls are found on all 2016 Buick Cascada models.

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The Cascada's cruise control switchgear is simple and easy to use.

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The electronic parking brake and top controls are found on the center console of the 2016 Buick Cascada.

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The main gauge cluster of the 2016 Buick Cascada is simple and easy to read.

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Collision alert is adjustable in the 2016 Buick Cascada, but this center information screen's graphics look dated.

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Navigation comes standard on the 2016 Buick Cascada, but you won't find Google StreetView or Maps here.

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Various infotainment functions available in the 2016 Buick Cascada.

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A power outlet, USB port and auxiliary jack found can be found in all Cascada models.

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Light controls on the 2016 Buick Cascada are simple and familiar.

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Accent stitching on the dash of the 2016 Buick Cascada is a nice premium touch.

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The removable wind screen that helps keep wind buffeting down in the 2016 Buick Cascada.

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Another smaller, secondary wind screen also works to help control wind buffeting in the 2016 Buick Cascada.

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