2016 Buick Cascada

They blind me with unwanted glare, heat up a vehicle’s cabin unnecessarily in the summer and detract from handling prowess by putting a whole bunch of mass in the worst possible place.

These glass-covered roof holes certainly get my dander up but I find convertibles even more loathsome; take all the negatives associated with sunroofs and multiply them by a factor of at least 10. Drop-tops are invariably heavier, structurally weaker and less spacious than the coupes and sedans on which they’re based. Why would anyone ever want one of these silly cars?

I’ve tested some interesting convertibles in my day, from the all-American Chevy Camaro to the lusty Aston Martin Vanquish Volante to the obscenely over-the-top Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, but no matter how fashionable, speedy or lavish these machines are, I still don’t care for them.

Obviously for me at least, this makes the new Buick Cascada a tough sell. But you know something? (of course you do, plenty in fact!) This GM drop-top ain’t half bad. It’s stylish, affordably priced and provides a more than respectable on-road experience. Maybe I should give convertibles another chance. Read more...

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09 Feb 2017

By Craig Cole