NEW FOR 2017: Buick Cascada ST – Blue Distinction

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2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring

Convertibles typically focus on visual appeal, and the 2017 Cascada Sport Touring (ST) brings its own color and trim to Buick’s entry.

2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring

First things first: if you think you want the extra flair of the Cascada ST, then you’d better like blue – the ST comes only in True Blue Metallic. It looks good in these advance photos, with enough depth in the hue to draw out the Cascada’s contours.

Related: Review: 2016 Buick Cascada Premium – Mid-Sized Convertible With Style

The ST’s 20-inch wheels are a new design, with a fine-lined star shape within the thicker spokes.

2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring

Inside, the Cascada ST has “Black Magic” accents, and the insulated fabric roof is black as well.

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Still no push-button start, though.

2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring

Buick seems pleased with the Cascada’s sales performance; the company trumpets that through the first half of 2016, both the Audi A3 and A5 convertibles were outsold by the Cascada. To show that this droptop covers all the bases, Buick notes that the Cascada is priced like an A3 and has the size of the A5.

On the other hand, a look at August 2016 year-to-date sales figures shows that the Cascada is selling at about 75% the volume of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The two-seat Miata is not a direct Cascada competitor; this simply indicates that the within the convertible market’s several niches, more buyers are currently gravitating to the sporty Miata than the posh Cascada.

2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring

The Cascada ST hits dealers this fall. The ST trim throws in every Cascada feature, and its $37,885 price (destination included) is only $500 above that of an optioned 2016 Cascada Premium.

So the Cascada ST is in line with what’s on the ground now, and it has some unique flourishes. It’ll probably do just fine.

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