The 2016 Buick Cascada is a four-seater convertible based on a compact car platform from General Motors’ European division. It’s the marque’s first convertible sold in the United States in 25 years. And coming from the Old World is no bad thing. Ford has had amazing and much-deserved success with the Euro-derived Focus. People over there really know how to make a compact car and how to get the chassis just right.
The big challenge in a convertible is body flex. Buick claims a high level of rigidity for the Cascada. A rigid body does not mean a rigid ride, though. Far from it. It means a more finely tuned suspension. It’s impossible to tune a guitar string when it’s being pulled this way and that, and it’s a similar principle with suspensions. If there’s little or no flex to contend with, then that’s a whole set of troublesome variables no one has to worry about.
Buick is in the process of reinventing itself. The new LaCrosse large sedan is another excellent vehicle and the Encore is a popular compact crossover. With the new-for-2016 Cascada, Buick continues to shrug off that dusty reputation of being a brand that appeals only to the older generation and generates a more contemporary shine.