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Eric's Autos: 2018 Buick Cascada

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Impractical convertibles seem to do OK. The practical ones, not so much.

The Toyota Camry Solara, the Chrysler 200 convertible and the Volvo C70 convertible all withered away for lack of interest, like unwanted timeshares -- notwithstanding back seats that were both present and usable by adults as well as trunks large enough to hold more than a bag of M&M's and a bottle of water. Meanwhile, Mazda Miatas without back seats do fine.

Apparently, the Critical Ingredient is not back-seat legroom or a more-than-pouch-sized trunk. In other words, practicality isn't the problem, which could be a problem for the Buick Cascada convertible.

What It Is

The Cascada is a midsized five-seater convertible.

Base price is $33,065, but "base" is an unkind word to use given that this version of the Cascada comes standard with heated leather seats, a 7-inch LCD touch screen, Wi-Fi, GPS, a heated tilt and telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and a power soft top that can be raised or lowered in about 17 seconds with the car moving at speeds up to about 30 mph.

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A top-of-the-line Sport trim stickers for $37,065. It comes with air deflectors for the front and rear seats to reduce wind buffeting when the top's down.

What's New

The Cascade is Buick's first convertible model since the Reatta way back in the early '90s. It was all new in 2016, and changes for the 2018 model year are minimal.

What's Good

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