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    2016 Cadillac CT6 To Arrive At Dealers In March, Start At $54,990


    • Cadillac Announces Release Month and Pricing for the CT6


    Cadillac has announced some details of their upcoming flagship sedan today. The 2016 CT6 will arrive at dealers in March with a starting pricetag of $54,990 (includes a $995 destination charge) for the base 2.0L turbo-four and climb to $84,460 for the top of the line Platinum trim.

     

    At launch, Cadillac will offer three different engines. The base will be the 272 horsepower, 2.0L turbo-four paired with rear-wheel drive. Next will be a 3.6L V6 with 335 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Finally, there is the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 with 400 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Details on the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid will be revealed at a later date.

     

    Cadillac has filled the CT6 with a a large amount of standard equipment such as full-LED exterior lighting, 14-way driver and passenger seats, an 8.0-inch digital display for the instrument cluster, 10.2-inch touchscreen with navigation, and OnStar 4G LTE.

     

    Source: Cadillac

     

    You can also view the original article on the Cadillac CT6 plus pictures of the CT6 from the 2015 New York International Auto Show

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    2016 Cadillac CT6 Range-Topping Sedan Slated for March Launch

    • NEW RANGE INCLUDES CT6 STARTING AT $53,495; CT6 PLATINUM PRICED FROM $83,465


    Cadillac extends the top of its range with the 2016 Cadillac Touring 6 sedan, which begins production in Detroit in January, with initial shipments to dealers in March. Through the integration of new technologies, the first-ever Cadillac CT6 creates a new formula for the range-topping sedan and substantially expands the Cadillac portfolio.

     


    Thanks to pioneering new vehicle manufacturing and design methods, the CT6 achieves dynamic performance, efficiency and agility previously unseen in large luxury cars. The CT6 product line similarly aims to refresh and broaden the range of consumers in the prestige class of luxury sedans. In the US market, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 sedan is priced from $53,495, with the highest level CT6 Platinum model starting at $83,465.

     

    “The CT6 is an entirely new approach to prestige luxury, adding driving dynamics and technology while reducing the bulk of traditional large sedans,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac. “With the CT6, Cadillac has a competitive edge: our use of advanced lightweight construction and innovative technology, it is prestige luxury reimagined.”

     

    Offering three engine choices, and a broad range of high-technology systems and luxury amenities, the first-ever CT6 presents a wide range of options and price points to draw new buyers.

    • CT6 2.0L Turbo – Starting at $53,495
    • CT6 3.6L V6 with AWD – Starting at $55,495
    • CT6 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 with AWD – Starting at $64,395


    Customers can place orders now with dealers and view additional product information at cadillac.com.

     


    The Cadillac CT6 sedan takes drivers to a higher threshold of involvement, with technologies to enhance situational awareness, chassis systems – including active technologies – that make the most of control in all conditions, and powertrains led by an all-new Cadillac Twin Turbo engine. The Cadillac 3.0L Twin Turbo V-6 engine is rated at 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft of torque (543 Nm); an all-new, 335-horsepower 3.6L V-6 and Cadillac’s award-winning 2.0T four-cylinder engine are also available. All engines are paired with eight-speed automatic transmissions.

     

    The rigid, lightweight architecture provides a crucial foundation for the sedan’s segment-challenging agility, enhanced by active-on-demand all-wheel drive, active rear steering and Magnetic Ride Control on the available Active Chassis System.

     

    Cadillac has made technological strides with in-cabin advances, as well, including the Rear Camera Mirror, Enhanced Night Vision technology and the pioneering 34-speaker Bose® Panaray® audio system.

     

    Cadillac this spring announced that the CT6 will be available with plug-in hybrid electric technology, as the company continues its development of highly capable alternative powertrain vehicles. Further details for the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid model will be announced closer to that vehicle’s launch.

     

    The 2016 Cadillac CT6 will be built at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant on the east side of Detroit. Cadillac in April auctioned the first retail production CT6 to benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

     

    Editor’s note: Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination ($995), tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.

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    If anyone uses the price config for the CTS on Cadillac's website, the new N/A V6 pricing is a huge mess. Starts at $55k for base, mid-level is nearly $60k, and tacking on the new "V-Sport" track package makes it cost more than the ACTUAL 3.6TT V-Sport. What the hell.

     

    I don't get how the CTS fits in with the CT6 pricing. If they're going aggressive with the CT6, they should have brought down the CTS volume-selling V6.

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    Pretty aggressive pricing on the CT6, but I figured they would want to price it close to the E-class.  I still don't get why the 2.0T is in this car for $2,000 more buyers get a V6 and AWD, no one is going to buy that 2.0T model anyway, it shouldn't even be there.   The twin turbo V6 price seems good, but $84k for the Platinum seems steep.  I wonder what a Platinum has over a twin turbo model that makes it cost $19,000 more.

     

    CTS pricing is messed up, too many trim levels, and too may trim levels on the different engines, and it is just confusing to figure out.  They try to make the CTS look cheap with the $44k base price, but as mentioned a V6 becomes $55k which is what a CT6 V6 costs.  And then they have Luxury, Performance, Premium trims, but it isn't clear what is better or what packages include the other.  Why not just offer base, a stand alone luxury package and a stand alone performance package and let buyers pick neither, one or both packages.

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    I hope the alpha-numeric model naming backfires and then Cadillac can bring back DeVille, Fleetwood, Eldorado, Seville, etc.

    I don't care how those names are supposed to translate into Chinese. Cadillac is supposed to be the standard of the world.

    Let the world come to Cadillac. Not the other way around.

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    There may be a time and place where Olds and Pontiac make a comeback. Those names need to be saved for such an occasion.

    Regarding the ATS, it should be the DeVille line. Cadillac can market the ATS instead as a Sedan DeVille and A Coupe DeVille.

    Will they make a convertible like the Camaro's drop-top?

    That would be a great return to the marque's glory.

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    Olds and Pontiac are never coming back.  Although "Aurora" is the only name from either brand I think Cadillac could use, because it is a good sounding name, it had a short run at Oldsmobile, and was originally used for a Cadillac concept car.  Cadillac doesn't really have enough names to cover all the models, so they have to invent some new ones, or recycle some from dead brands.  I think they'll stick with the alphabet soup names until Johan is gone.

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    So Cadillac is going the typical Korean brand "value" route? Offer a lot of features for not a whole lot of money on the base model.

     

    That's interesting. I thought this car would start at around $65-67k and end at around $78-80k.

     

    But that's one hell of a price spread between top and bottom. And if all the press cars in the Detroit show were high content models, I'm not convinced that this car will deliver the solidity and refinement of a luxury product.

     

    Sure, you can pander to folks that value features and spec sheets. But I would think that's NOT the kind of buyer Cadillac should go for.

     

    How is this car even viable at a $54k starting price? In any case, it's a brilliant product. But I don't think its luxury.

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    So Cadillac is going the typical Korean brand "value" route? Offer a lot of features for not a whole lot of money on the base model.

     

    That's interesting. I thought this car would start at around $65-67k and end at around $78-80k.

     

    But that's one hell of a price spread between top and bottom. And if all the press cars in the Detroit show were high content models, I'm not convinced that this car will deliver the solidity and refinement of a luxury product.

     

    Sure, you can pander to folks that value features and spec sheets. But I would think that's NOT the kind of buyer Cadillac should go for.

     

    How is this car even viable at a $54k starting price? In any case, it's a brilliant product. But I don't think its luxury.

     

     

    Because it is unlikely to be the only car on this platform.   There is still the CT8 which we know about, and that leaves a CT7 for us to wonder about.

     

    And then there is also Buick with the strong desire to create an Avenir level product and a Riviera level product. 

     

    Edit:   Can you imagine.... shortening this down a bit to make a Buick Riviera Grand Touring Coupe?    Long flowing sexy lines without the hard nose aggression of the Germans or Cadillac.  Soft and swoopy with a hint of the boat tail...it'd weigh in around 3500lbs in base Turbo-4 RWD form and it could be optioned up into the low $60s with a detuned 3.0TT.....    </imagining>

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    So Cadillac is going the typical Korean brand "value" route? Offer a lot of features for not a whole lot of money on the base model.

     

    That's interesting. I thought this car would start at around $65-67k and end at around $78-80k.

     

    But that's one hell of a price spread between top and bottom. And if all the press cars in the Detroit show were high content models, I'm not convinced that this car will deliver the solidity and refinement of a luxury product.

     

    Sure, you can pander to folks that value features and spec sheets. But I would think that's NOT the kind of buyer Cadillac should go for.

     

    How is this car even viable at a $54k starting price? In any case, it's a brilliant product. But I don't think its luxury.

     

     

    Because it is unlikely to be the only car on this platform.   There is still the CT8 which we know about, and that leaves a CT7 for us to wonder about.

     

    And then there is also Buick with the strong desire to create an Avenir level product and a Riviera level product. 

     

     

    I don't really want to indulge into how an Avenir-like product would fit in, because it'll detract from the thread.

     

    If it's really well received, I'm not sure if Cadillac should under-price themselves in this larger car segment. 

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    Well, as I mentioned in other threads, the 4-cylinder was designed for the China market. They're building them in Michigan so if it already will meet all federal regs, what's the harm of letting a few 4-cylinders wander off to US dealers also?  Cadillac expects the bulk of the sales to be the V6 model and V6TT model coming in second.   If they don't get enough sales of the 4-cylinder, they can cancel it in the US and just send them to China.

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    Well, as I mentioned in other threads, the 4-cylinder was designed for the China market. They're building them in Michigan so if it already will meet all federal regs, what's the harm of letting a few 4-cylinders wander off to US dealers also?  Cadillac expects the bulk of the sales to be the V6 model and V6TT model coming in second.   If they don't get enough sales of the 4-cylinder, they can cancel it in the US and just send them to China.

     

    Let me clarify.

     

    I think both the 2.0T and LGX powered versions are redundant. I'm very sure they'd be better off going straight for the moon with the 3.0TT.

     

    I see no harm either. But that's the point. Cadillac doesn't need more filler, more build-up of products that are mid tier. They need absolute segment busters. And this car is, at the core engineering level, a segment buster. But everywhere else I just can't get over the missed potential, like the interior for starting point. 

     

    And this pricing actually turns me off. Where's the pride of being a Cadillac? Freaking price it like one, it's not a Hyundai of the luxury brands.

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    Well the 2.0T is a necessity because of displacement taxes in China. They have to offer a 2.0T there.  They actually offer an XTS 2.0T in China as well, that one isn't sold here obviously, though I'm not sure where it is built.

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    Olds and Pontiac are never coming back.  Although "Aurora" is the only name from either brand I think Cadillac could use, because it is a good sounding name, it had a short run at Oldsmobile, and was originally used for a Cadillac concept car.  Cadillac doesn't really have enough names to cover all the models, so they have to invent some new ones, or recycle some from dead brands.  I think they'll stick with the alphabet soup names until Johan is gone.

    Yep you are right bring back the old Stereotyped names that conjures up the old image as well as the name used on an Olds when it failed. Real Smart.

    You style it, Market it and build it right the name matter little.

    I think I am going to start a web site and post photos of the past Cadillac owners The People of Cadillac much like the People of Walmart and just let you see the kind of people you want to bait. We may even see you there.

    If you want to move to the future you must let go of much of the recent past and dig deeper to when Cadillac really was the standard.

    This car also while it will be a great car is the last of the old admins cars. This is not Johann's car as it is the one the old admin wanted as a flagship and Mark Reuss had to fight for everything it got. The CT8 will be the new path and this one will still help Cadillac in the turn around but it is not the total new direction.

    Also while these prices are good keep in mind we still have a V8 version to come yet so we have not yet seen the full package.

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    Cadillac is pressed to sell product.  Bottom line.  The competition has spoken, and with a loudspeaker, thus here we are.  Lessons learned from ELR and other killed products seems to have taken and it's nice to see. Customers learned long ago that value should not equate to cheap, and that boutique stores are the ones that usually close first in the mall when economies are limping along.

     

    Anyway, they priced it right.

    Oh, and I called it exactly  :thumbsup:

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    I think they'll get 500 sales a month, mostly stolen of the XTS, with this price. Cadillac had to price it low.

    I think they'll do better than that. They sell 2k XTSes a month now and they're not all base models. Even a mid-range FWD XTS is $54k.

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    Cadillac is pressed to sell product.  Bottom line.  The competition has spoken, and with a loudspeaker, thus here we are.  Lessons learned from ELR and other killed products seems to have taken and it's nice to see. Customers learned long ago that value should not equate to cheap, and that boutique stores are the ones that usually close first in the mall when economies are limping along.

     

    Anyway, they priced it right.

    Oh, and I called it exactly  :thumbsup:

     

    No! They did not learn their lesson. The ELR was doomed because it was simply not enough car for the money.

     

    This car is. I refuse to accept that Cadillac cut corners on this car in the interior and styling because they want to compete against Hyundai, Kia, Lincoln and Acura.

     

    Because that's not a compliment of those brands.

     

    This is a white flag. Sure, sell the 2.0T in China because it's the only was possible. But here? C'mon nobody is fooled. This is a luxury product. Which means it needs to make money. All this top notch engineering has to cost a lot. And so far, with only one vehicle on the platform, it doesn't look rosy. 

     

    This isn't the case of Ford for example with the F150 bringing in all this new technology and quickly making up the initial investment costs due to huge volumes.

     

    All of the vehicles on this platform that could be created combined aren't going to be volume sellers. 

     

    What that HELL is GM doing? The pride of Cadillac is at stake. The moment that I can bring Lincoln and Hyundai in the price realm of the big luxury Cadillac's, something is not right.

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    Cadillac is pressed to sell product.  Bottom line.  The competition has spoken, and with a loudspeaker, thus here we are.  Lessons learned from ELR and other killed products seems to have taken and it's nice to see. Customers learned long ago that value should not equate to cheap, and that boutique stores are the ones that usually close first in the mall when economies are limping along.

     

    Anyway, they priced it right.

    Oh, and I called it exactly  :thumbsup:

     

    No! They did not learn their lesson. The ELR was doomed because it was simply not enough car for the money.

     

    This car is. I refuse to accept that Cadillac cut corners on this car in the interior and styling because they want to compete against Hyundai, Kia, Lincoln and Acura.

     

    Because that's not a compliment of those brands.

     

    This is a white flag. Sure, sell the 2.0T in China because it's the only was possible. But here? C'mon nobody is fooled. This is a luxury product. Which means it needs to make money. All this top notch engineering has to cost a lot. And so far, with only one vehicle on the platform, it doesn't look rosy. 

     

    This isn't the case of Ford for example with the F150 bringing in all this new technology and quickly making up the initial investment costs due to huge volumes.

     

    All of the vehicles on this platform that could be created combined aren't going to be volume sellers. 

     

    What that HELL is GM doing? The pride of Cadillac is at stake. The moment that I can bring Lincoln and Hyundai in the price realm of the big luxury Cadillac's, something is not right.

     

     

    GM only has to look at continued sales slides of the CTS, to recognize that introducing a product that looks 90% identical, is sized 15% larger, will not bring in volume if priced 40-50% higher.

     

    They priced it wisely.

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    Cadillac has a bunch of new product in the pipeline... the list I made earlier was only my own hypothetical.   The only one that has been discussed by GM people so far is the CT8.

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    I hope the CT8 blows this thing away.  Really the CT8 should blow the Escalade away if they do it right.

     

    If they did a Buick version of the CT6, does the Buick get the 2.0T as the base engine and the 3.6 V6 as the range topper?  And how do they price that, $39,995 for the 2.0T and $44,995 for the V6 model?  And should they build such a car, doesn't that just crush CTS sales even more.

     

    I also think Lincoln should make the base Continental twin turbo V6 and price it under $50k.  Lincoln has to go for the kill against the likes of the Acura RLX, Volvo S90, Lexus ES and the Cadillac XTS.

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    The miniscule price diff between the 2.0t RWD and v6 AWD shows me that there will only be a handful of 2.0t RWD's built, and they probably are for CAFE as much as anything.  Some folks may not want the weight and bulk of the v6 and AWD and so a 4 banger with RWD only helps the public relations side, they can publish a curb weight in ads and articles that is ridiculous low.  My only wish here is the 2.0 was a 2.3 for this car.

     

    That said, if they make 500 of these 2.0t's they will likely sit on lots all model year and then move at the end of the year when 6-10 grand is on the hood.  The buyer will get what they pay for in that scenario.

     

    The bulk of the buyers will get the plain v6 and AWD, so by pricing them low at the start, those should not need much for incentives.  And, with AWD standard, it will sell well in snow climate locations.

     

    The tt 3.0 is rightfully then an aspirational product priced higher.  this is the first year of a new powertrain and so they won't want to make too many of them, in case they f--cked it up and have to mass recall it for any reason.

     

    I think the CTS will have its pricing and packaging adjusted, and if not so much that, you will see lots of discounts.  I would think Cadillac will cut production of the small ATS and the CTS will actually become the volume model for awhile.

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    There's not going to be many production inefficiencies from having so many different engine options. Flexible manufacturing and the fact that the facility that will the build the CT6 already has the tooling and expertise to build vehicles with the LTG, LGX and Voltec drivetrains is a big bonus.

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      On the upside, the Cascada’s interior is well-built and features decent quality materials. A fair amount of dash and door panels feature some soft touch material. The front seats are comfortable for short and long distance trips. Power adjustments for the driver’s seat make it easy to find a position that works. One touch Buick deserves applause for is the seat belt presenter. The front seat belts are nestled away when the Cascada is turned off to make it easier to get in and out of the back seat. But when you start it up, the presenter extends for both the driver and passenger to buckle in. The back seat provides enough space for kids or small adults. Taller folks like myself will find minimal legroom. With the top up, anyone sitting back here will feel very confined. With the top down, this feeling goes away. 
      Step into the 2016 Camaro Convertible’s interior and you’ll find the same retro ideas from the previous model such as the shape of the dash and circular vents. But Chevrolet improved the overall usability of the Camaro’s interior. For example, the retro-inspired engine information gauges that were placed ahead of the shifter in the previous generation are gone. In its place are a set of air vents that also control the temperature of the climate control system. 
      Our tester featured the optional Chevrolet MyLink system with navigation. We know we’re beating a dead horse with our complaints with MyLink such as a slow response when going from various screens and recognizing devices plugged into the USB ports. But you would think that GM would maybe issue an update or something by now to fix some of these issues? Like other Chevrolet models we have driven this year, the Camaro’s MyLink system comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. We tried CarPlay and found it to be easier to use than most automaker’s infotainment systems. But, we had issues with apps crashing and the system not always recognizing our phone.
      The front bucket seats are quite comfortable and will hold you in if you decide to tackle that special road aggressively. A set of power adjustments makes it easy for anyone to find a comfortable position. The back seat is best reserved for small kids or extra storage as legroom is nonexistent. You would think that the Camaro Convertible wouldn’t feel as claustrophobic as the coupe since you can put the top down, but it isn’t. Sitting in the Camaro convertible with the top down, I felt like I was being contained in a small box. Blame the high belt line for this.
      Powertrain:
      Power for the Buick Cascada comes from a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a six-speed automatic. The figures are impressive for this engine. But drop it into the Cascada and it is quite disappointing. Performance is very lethargic as the engine has to overcome the nearly two tons of Cascada. It feels like an eternity getting up to speed and you’ll find yourself putting the pedal to the floor to get the vehicle moving at a sufficient rate. EPA figures for the Cascada stand at 20 City/27 Highway/23 Combined. My average for the week landed at 21 mpg. 
      The Camaro’s engine lineup includes a 3.6L V6, turbocharged 2.0L four, and our SS tester’s 6.2L V8. The V8 pumps out 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. We had the optional eight-speed automatic, but you can get a six-speed manual. The V8 makes the Camaro Convertible stupidly fun. I found myself wanting to roll down the window at a stop light to tell the vehicle next to me “let me play you the song of my people” before stomping on the accelerator and having the V8 roar into life as the light turns green. The engine will pin you in your seat if you floor it and there is a never-ending stream of power throughout the rev range. A nice touch is the optional dual-mode exhaust system that only amplifies the noises of the V8. The eight-speed automatic is ofine around town and on the highway but stumbles somewhat in enthusiastic driving where it takes a moment to downshift when slowing down. Fuel economy for the Camaro SS Convertible stands at 17 City/28 Highway/20 Combined. I got about 19 mpg during my week-long test.
      Ride & Handling:
      Describing the ride and handling characteristics of the Cascada can be summed up in one word; smooth. Buick’s engineers tuned the Cascada’s suspension to deliver an almost magic carpet ride. Even with a set of twenty-inch wheels as standard equipment, the Cascada is able to deal with rough roads with no issues. Around corners, the Cascada feels planted and body roll is kept in check. But don’t plan on doing anything enthusiastic with it. The steering is a little bit too light for it. Drive it like a relaxed cruiser and you’ll enjoy it. Wind buffeting is minimal with either the windows rolled up or down.
      The Camaro Convertible is shocking as to how well it handles. Part of this comes down to optional Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) system which limits body roll. Chevrolet engineers also worked on improving the structural rigidity of the Camaro. The combination makes the convertible just as good as the coupe in corners. Direction change is fast and there is plenty of grip coming from the meaty tires. Where the Camaro Convertible falters is the ride quality. The SS comes with a set of twenty-inch wheels. While they do look sharp, it makes for a somewhat unbearable ride. Bumps of any size are clearly transmitted to those sitting inside. MRC does its best to provide a comfortable ride, but it might be worth considering going down to a smaller wheel to improve the ride. Wind buffeting is kept in check with the windows up or down.
      Price:
      The 2016 Buick Cascada starts at $33,065 for the base model. Our up-level Premium starts at $36,065 and comes to an as-tested price of $37,385 thanks to the vehicle being finished in an optional blue color. You really don’t get much in terms of additional features when compared to the base Cascada aside from some additional safety features - front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert - and automatic wipers. Also for that amount of cash, you could with the Audi A3 cabriolet which offers a slightly more premium interior. But you would lose out on the larger back seat of the Cascada. You would be better off with the base Cascada.
      If you have your heart set on a Camaro Convertible, be ready to shell out the cash. The 2016 Camaro 2SS Convertible carries a base sticker of $48,300 - $6,005 more expensive than the coupe. Add on the list of options fitted to our tester such as the eight-speed automatic, magnetic ride control, and dual-mode exhaust system and you’ll end up with an as-tested price of $54,075. I’ll give you a moment to pick yourself up from the floor due to the price shock. The Camaro is nice car all-around, but is it really worth dropping $54,000?! We’re not so sure. 
      Verdict:
      Both of vehicles have issues that don’t make them as appealing. The Cascada’s engine either needs to be kicked to the curb or head off to the gym to get a bit more power. It would nice if Buick could also figure how to put in the dash from the updated Encore into the Cascada, although that might prove to be an engineering nightmare and something that would be better suited for the next-generation model. The Camaro Convertible’s price tag will make a number of people and their bank accounts cry. Also for being a convertible, the Camaro still feels as claustrophobic as the coupe.
      But when you drop the tops in both models, you forget all about the issues. Instead, you begin to take in the sky and rush of the wind. This makes you remember why you bought a convertible, to enjoy the feeling of openness. It is only when you put the top back up that makes you wonder if you can live with the issues. In the case of the Cascada, the answer is no. The Camaro is a maybe.
       
       
      Disclaimer: General Motors Provided the Cascada and Camaro; Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2016
      Make: Buick
      Model: Cascada
      Trim: Premium
      Engine: Turbocharged 1.6L SIDI DOHC with VVT
      Driveline: Front-Wheel Drive, Six-Speed Automatic
      Horsepower @ RPM: 200 @ 5,500
      Torque @ RPM: 207 @ 1,800 - 4,500, 221 @ 2,200 - 4,000 (with overboost)
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 20/27/23
      Curb Weight: 3,979 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Gliwice, Poland
      Base Price: $36,065
      As Tested Price: $37,385 (Includes $925.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Deep Sky Metallic - $395.00
      Year: 2016
      Make: Chevrolet
      Model: Camaro Convertible
      Trim: SS
      Engine: 6.2L VVT DI V8
      Driveline: Rear-Wheel Drive, Eight-Speed Automatic
      Horsepower @ RPM: 455 @ 6,000
      Torque @ RPM: 455 @ 4,400
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 17/28/20
      Curb Weight: 3,966 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Lansing, MI
      Base Price: $48,300
      As Tested Price: $54,075 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Magnetic Ride Control - $1,695.00
      Eight-Speed Automatic - $1,495.00
      Dual-Mode Exhaust - $895.00
      Chevrolet MyLink with Navigation - $495.00
      20" 5-Split Spoke Aluminum Wheels - $200.00

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    • By William Maley
      Summertime means something different for everyone. For some, it’s time to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. For others, it is the time to take that trip you have been thinking about for awhile. If you’re an automotive writer like myself, summertime means convertible season. The feeling of having the roof down and enjoying the expanded view of the sky is something quite special. This summer saw two of GM’s latest convertibles roll into the Cheers & Gears’ Detroit garage, the new Buick Cascada and recently redesigned Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible. How did these two droptops fare in the summer heat?
      Exterior:
      There is no denying the Opel/Vauxhall roots of the Buick Cascada as it is just basically the Cascada sold in Europe with Buick basing. But that isn’t a bad thing since the Cascada is handsome for the most part. The front features a new grille design and headlights with LED accents. The side profile reveals short overhangs for the front and rear. These overhangs make the side look somewhat oddly proportioned. A set 20-inch wheels come standard. Around back, a long chrome bar runs along the trunk lid into the taillights. 
      On the opposite end is the Chevrolet Camaro. If you’re looking for something quiet and doesn’t bring attention, then maybe you should pass on it. Redesigned last year, Chevrolet retained the Camaro’s basic profile with its sharp lines and rounded corners. But major work was done on the front and rear ends. The front features a narrow top grille and slim headlights. A massive grille sits underneath between a set of deep cuts into the front bumper. The back has been cleaned up with a new trunk lid design, rectangular headlights, and quad-exhaust tips. 
      One item both the Cascada and Camaro share is a fabric top. Putting the top down or up takes under 20 seconds for both vehicles. With the tops down, both vehicles look quite good. But put the tops up and the Cascada is the better looking of the two. I can’t put my finger as to why, but I think it deals with how the Cascada has a little bit more glass than the Camaro. 
      Interior:
      Unfortunately, both the Cascada and Camaro fall on their face when it comes to the interior for different reasons.
      In the case of the Cascada, it features the dash from the outgoing Verano and Encore. This reveals that the Cascada is older despite what Buick may have you think. For example, the center stack is laden with buttons and it will take you a few moments to find the specific one you’re looking for. Not helping is the Cascada using GM’s last-generation infotainment system. While the system is easy to use, the interface is looking very dated. It would have been nice if Buick could have slipped in the dash from the updated Encore into the Cascade, but that would have likely introduced more problems than solutions.
      On the upside, the Cascada’s interior is well-built and features decent quality materials. A fair amount of dash and door panels feature some soft touch material. The front seats are comfortable for short and long distance trips. Power adjustments for the driver’s seat make it easy to find a position that works. One touch Buick deserves applause for is the seat belt presenter. The front seat belts are nestled away when the Cascada is turned off to make it easier to get in and out of the back seat. But when you start it up, the presenter extends for both the driver and passenger to buckle in. The back seat provides enough space for kids or small adults. Taller folks like myself will find minimal legroom. With the top up, anyone sitting back here will feel very confined. With the top down, this feeling goes away. 
      Step into the 2016 Camaro Convertible’s interior and you’ll find the same retro ideas from the previous model such as the shape of the dash and circular vents. But Chevrolet improved the overall usability of the Camaro’s interior. For example, the retro-inspired engine information gauges that were placed ahead of the shifter in the previous generation are gone. In its place are a set of air vents that also control the temperature of the climate control system. 
      Our tester featured the optional Chevrolet MyLink system with navigation. We know we’re beating a dead horse with our complaints with MyLink such as a slow response when going from various screens and recognizing devices plugged into the USB ports. But you would think that GM would maybe issue an update or something by now to fix some of these issues? Like other Chevrolet models we have driven this year, the Camaro’s MyLink system comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. We tried CarPlay and found it to be easier to use than most automaker’s infotainment systems. But, we had issues with apps crashing and the system not always recognizing our phone.
      The front bucket seats are quite comfortable and will hold you in if you decide to tackle that special road aggressively. A set of power adjustments makes it easy for anyone to find a comfortable position. The back seat is best reserved for small kids or extra storage as legroom is nonexistent. You would think that the Camaro Convertible wouldn’t feel as claustrophobic as the coupe since you can put the top down, but it isn’t. Sitting in the Camaro convertible with the top down, I felt like I was being contained in a small box. Blame the high belt line for this.
      Powertrain:
      Power for the Buick Cascada comes from a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a six-speed automatic. The figures are impressive for this engine. But drop it into the Cascada and it is quite disappointing. Performance is very lethargic as the engine has to overcome the nearly two tons of Cascada. It feels like an eternity getting up to speed and you’ll find yourself putting the pedal to the floor to get the vehicle moving at a sufficient rate. EPA figures for the Cascada stand at 20 City/27 Highway/23 Combined. My average for the week landed at 21 mpg. 
      The Camaro’s engine lineup includes a 3.6L V6, turbocharged 2.0L four, and our SS tester’s 6.2L V8. The V8 pumps out 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. We had the optional eight-speed automatic, but you can get a six-speed manual. The V8 makes the Camaro Convertible stupidly fun. I found myself wanting to roll down the window at a stop light to tell the vehicle next to me “let me play you the song of my people” before stomping on the accelerator and having the V8 roar into life as the light turns green. The engine will pin you in your seat if you floor it and there is a never-ending stream of power throughout the rev range. A nice touch is the optional dual-mode exhaust system that only amplifies the noises of the V8. The eight-speed automatic is ofine around town and on the highway but stumbles somewhat in enthusiastic driving where it takes a moment to downshift when slowing down. Fuel economy for the Camaro SS Convertible stands at 17 City/28 Highway/20 Combined. I got about 19 mpg during my week-long test.
      Ride & Handling:
      Describing the ride and handling characteristics of the Cascada can be summed up in one word; smooth. Buick’s engineers tuned the Cascada’s suspension to deliver an almost magic carpet ride. Even with a set of twenty-inch wheels as standard equipment, the Cascada is able to deal with rough roads with no issues. Around corners, the Cascada feels planted and body roll is kept in check. But don’t plan on doing anything enthusiastic with it. The steering is a little bit too light for it. Drive it like a relaxed cruiser and you’ll enjoy it. Wind buffeting is minimal with either the windows rolled up or down.
      The Camaro Convertible is shocking as to how well it handles. Part of this comes down to optional Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) system which limits body roll. Chevrolet engineers also worked on improving the structural rigidity of the Camaro. The combination makes the convertible just as good as the coupe in corners. Direction change is fast and there is plenty of grip coming from the meaty tires. Where the Camaro Convertible falters is the ride quality. The SS comes with a set of twenty-inch wheels. While they do look sharp, it makes for a somewhat unbearable ride. Bumps of any size are clearly transmitted to those sitting inside. MRC does its best to provide a comfortable ride, but it might be worth considering going down to a smaller wheel to improve the ride. Wind buffeting is kept in check with the windows up or down.
      Price:
      The 2016 Buick Cascada starts at $33,065 for the base model. Our up-level Premium starts at $36,065 and comes to an as-tested price of $37,385 thanks to the vehicle being finished in an optional blue color. You really don’t get much in terms of additional features when compared to the base Cascada aside from some additional safety features - front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert - and automatic wipers. Also for that amount of cash, you could with the Audi A3 cabriolet which offers a slightly more premium interior. But you would lose out on the larger back seat of the Cascada. You would be better off with the base Cascada.
      If you have your heart set on a Camaro Convertible, be ready to shell out the cash. The 2016 Camaro 2SS Convertible carries a base sticker of $48,300 - $6,005 more expensive than the coupe. Add on the list of options fitted to our tester such as the eight-speed automatic, magnetic ride control, and dual-mode exhaust system and you’ll end up with an as-tested price of $54,075. I’ll give you a moment to pick yourself up from the floor due to the price shock. The Camaro is nice car all-around, but is it really worth dropping $54,000?! We’re not so sure. 
      Verdict:
      Both of vehicles have issues that don’t make them as appealing. The Cascada’s engine either needs to be kicked to the curb or head off to the gym to get a bit more power. It would nice if Buick could also figure how to put in the dash from the updated Encore into the Cascada, although that might prove to be an engineering nightmare and something that would be better suited for the next-generation model. The Camaro Convertible’s price tag will make a number of people and their bank accounts cry. Also for being a convertible, the Camaro still feels as claustrophobic as the coupe.
      But when you drop the tops in both models, you forget all about the issues. Instead, you begin to take in the sky and rush of the wind. This makes you remember why you bought a convertible, to enjoy the feeling of openness. It is only when you put the top back up that makes you wonder if you can live with the issues. In the case of the Cascada, the answer is no. The Camaro is a maybe.
       
       
      Disclaimer: General Motors Provided the Cascada and Camaro; Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2016
      Make: Buick
      Model: Cascada
      Trim: Premium
      Engine: Turbocharged 1.6L SIDI DOHC with VVT
      Driveline: Front-Wheel Drive, Six-Speed Automatic
      Horsepower @ RPM: 200 @ 5,500
      Torque @ RPM: 207 @ 1,800 - 4,500, 221 @ 2,200 - 4,000 (with overboost)
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 20/27/23
      Curb Weight: 3,979 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Gliwice, Poland
      Base Price: $36,065
      As Tested Price: $37,385 (Includes $925.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Deep Sky Metallic - $395.00
      Year: 2016
      Make: Chevrolet
      Model: Camaro Convertible
      Trim: SS
      Engine: 6.2L VVT DI V8
      Driveline: Rear-Wheel Drive, Eight-Speed Automatic
      Horsepower @ RPM: 455 @ 6,000
      Torque @ RPM: 455 @ 4,400
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 17/28/20
      Curb Weight: 3,966 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Lansing, MI
      Base Price: $48,300
      As Tested Price: $54,075 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Magnetic Ride Control - $1,695.00
      Eight-Speed Automatic - $1,495.00
      Dual-Mode Exhaust - $895.00
      Chevrolet MyLink with Navigation - $495.00
      20" 5-Split Spoke Aluminum Wheels - $200.00
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