The Cascada is a well-thought-out, four-seat, soft-top convertible. Handling is responsive, and the ride is steady but a bit stiff because of the standard 20-inch tires. The 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine has modest power and returned just 22 mpg overall. The leather seats are supportive, but it's a long reach to access the touch-screen infotainment system, and the center dash is a mess of buttons. The power-operated, fully insulated fabric roof takes a quick 17 seconds to open and can be operated at speeds up to 31 mph. Fortunately, wind buffeting is kept to a minimum during top-down driving. Rear-seat access is made easier by front seats that power-slide forward. Opting for the Premium or Sport Touring trims brings advanced safety equipment, including forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning.
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