Late in September, Buick announced the MSRP for the 2016 Cascada—the first Buick convertible to be sold in America in 25 years—at an incredibly reasonable $33,990.
The new Cascada comes with seating for four adults, and is powered by an engine pulling with 200 hp. The acoustically- and thermally-insulated roof lowers in 17 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph; the rollover bars behind the rear seats deploy using springs and pyrotechnics in the case of a crash; and the car’s systems (including a rear vision camera) are controlled through a 7-inch touchscreen loaded with Buick’s IntelliLink system.
However, Buick wasn’t finished. Since the Cascada would be shortly competing with Audi’s A3 Cabriolet, Buick decided that they would show just how the Cascada will be better.
For starters, there is the starting price. The 2016 Cascada pricing comes in, again, at $33,990. The Audi, however, starts at $37,525, an increase of $3,535 from the Buick. On top of that, the Buick sports a slightly smaller engine (a turbo 1.6-liter versus the Audi’s turbo 1.8-liter), but somehow beats the Audi engine for power, since the Audi only gets 170 hp to the Buick’s 200 hp.
Of course, that doesn’t include features like heated front seats (which are standard for the Buick but optional for the Audi), power seat adjusters (the Audi uses manual ones), a heated steering wheel (not available at all for the Audi), Navigation (optional for the Audi), available Forward Collision Alert (not available for the Audi), and available Lane Departure Warning (not available for Audi).
Buick Vice President Duncan Aldred summed up the new Cascada like this: “Cascada expands Buick’s lineup with a uniquely fun and personal driving experience…With a lower price than key competitors, it also promises to shake up the segment – and look good doing it.”