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    Another week is upon us and a new review vehicle has arrived. In this case it happens to be the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71. This is one of the vehicles that I have been waiting for quite awhile to get my hands on for review and its finally here. My particular tester is a Z71 crew cab with Short bed. With a couple of options ticked off, it rings in at $36,710.

    First impressions are quite good. The Colorado is quite the sharp looker with silver paint and 17-inch wheels. Moving inside and the controls are within easy reach and the seats are wrapped in a leather/cloth combination. Chevrolet MyLink so far hasn't crashed or showed any sign of slowdown. Also, this is one of the first GM vehicles with OnStar 4G LTE and wi-fi connectivity. I'll have more on this later in the week.

    There are a couple of downsides that I have found/experienced at the moment. One is there appears not to be enough adjustments in the seat and steering wheel to make myself comfortable at the moment. Currently, my knees are touching the steering wheel column. The other is a somewhat slow transmission. When I was driving on the freeway and trying to make a pass, the transmission took a few seconds to upshift.

    I'll have some more thoughts and impressions as the week goes on. In the meantime, if you have questions you would like to answer, drop them below.

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    For those of us that are 6'6" tall once the seat is all the way back can you get in the back seat and still be comfortable? In other words can four six footers plus ride in it comfortably?

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    For those of us that are 6'6" tall once the seat is all the way back can you get in the back seat and still be comfortable? In other words can four six footers plus ride in it comfortably?

     

    I'm slightly doubting that since I had trouble getting in the back with the passenger set slightly back. I'll try it tomorrow.

     

     

    Are they going to make a single cab/short bed model anytime soon?

     

    I'll take one of those with the 5.3L V8 from the Silverado.

     

    Don't believe so at this time.

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    No Regular Cab is planned, and it's been stated many times that the full-size pickup engines will not be used in the mid-size pickups.  Of course things can change, but I think no manufacturer of mid-size pickups offer a regular cab anymore?  I think we'll see the Twin Turbo 3.6L V6 before we'll see a 4.3L V6 or 5.3L V8 in the engine bay of a Canyon/Colorado.

     

    I agree with William about the seat adjustments.  This is the first vehicle in a long time for me that does not have a 6-way power driver seat - it's 4-way with power lumbar.  I miss the tilt feature of the 6-way seat.  I've found a comfortable position for myself (5'8" tall, 240~ lbs), but miss having the ability to tilt the seat back some.  Very disappointed in this lack of feature for a $40K MSRP "SLT"-trimmed truck :/

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    I agree with William about the seat adjustments.  This is the first vehicle in a long time for me that does not have a 6-way power driver seat - it's 4-way with power lumbar.  I miss the tilt feature of the 6-way seat.  I've found a comfortable position for myself (5'8" tall, 240~ lbs), but miss having the ability to tilt the seat back some.  Very disappointed in this lack of feature for a $40K MSRP "SLT"-trimmed truck :/

     

    That surprises me Roger since what you describe in your Canyon is basically the same in my Colorado tester. I would expect the top trim Canyon to have a six-way power seat at least.

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    GM has been moving away from 6-way power seat on everything that has MSRPs principally below $30k.  I've registered my displeasure with this to the Buick people regarding the Encore and Verano. 

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    The more I see the Colorado-GMC Canyon, the more I wouldn't mind having one....  Glad to see yet another person with the privilege of either owning one or test-driving one with such good impressions.

     

     

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    Say what! At nearly 37 large this thing doesn't even have a 6 was power seat? What in the world are they thinking? At this high price point there should be no less than an 8 way driver's seat and at the very least a 4-way passenger. This is what kills me about GM. They take a good product and give it half baked engines, over price it or don't give it competitive standard features or cheap out on crash worthiness. In this case they have a knock out truck with great driving dynamics and towing and two very good engines and then go and hamstring it with GM's lazily programmed transmission, a 4-way un-competitive driver seat and only 4 starts in the latest crash test results effectively handing that title over to the new F-150. In this game you need a strike out right out of the gate. The Colorado strikes me as third base.

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    GM has been moving away from 6-way power seat on everything that has MSRPs principally below $30k.  I've registered my displeasure with this to the Buick people regarding the Encore and Verano. 

     

    Seriously?! You can't get away with that with Hyundai/KIA in town. An Optima EX has 10-way power seats and that MSRP's for under 25K. Apples to Oranges yes, but still. 

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    Who cares?  Once the seat is set, forget it.  No need to move it until you're ready to vacuum the interior.  What a piddly thing to bitch about.

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    Who cares?  Once the seat is set, forget it.  No need to move it until you're ready to vacuum the interior.  What a piddly thing to bitch about.

     

    REALLY?! REALLY?

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    Who cares?  Once the seat is set, forget it.  No need to move it until you're ready to vacuum the interior.  What a piddly thing to bitch about.

    What cha talking about Willis? You be not having a 2nd who wants the chair moved around just right for themselves. Trust me, a multi-directional moving chair is much needed as a standard item.

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    I really want a 2015 z71 4x4 crew, but the price of admission is tough to justify. My '04 is getting up in the miles and the replacement is between a 2014 jeep unlimited willys wheeler and the colorado. honestly i cant justify the price for the colorado when the willys fits the bill well equipped for less.

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    GM has been moving away from 6-way power seat on everything that has MSRPs principally below $30k.  I've registered my displeasure with this to the Buick people regarding the Encore and Verano. 

    true.  But if they sell a few thousand of each base model and leave the seat out of it, they save the 200 bucks extra, or so would be their reasoning.  "Those few people that don't care won't miss it and we can make extra $$$$ on it being an option".

     

    I have the same bitch with cruise control on things like the LS Cruze, etc.

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    I received a GM Quality Survey in my email Thursday night; I took it Friday morning. Since I've been on the Colorado/Canyon forum, I mentally noted several complaints & issues that some owners are experiencing that I am not but fear could eventually. While taking the survey, I saw how some questions were worded that brought back these mental notes. I believe GM is aware of these owner issues and are now trying to quantify these issues. Driver seat comfort was definitely two questions worth ;-)

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    I received a GM Quality Survey in my email Thursday night; I took it Friday morning. Since I've been on the Colorado/Canyon forum, I mentally noted several complaints & issues that some owners are experiencing that I am not but fear could eventually. While taking the survey, I saw how some questions were worded that brought back these mental notes. I believe GM is aware of these owner issues and are now trying to quantify these issues. Driver seat comfort was definitely two questions worth ;-)

     

    Now that is quite interesting..

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    I find the driving position to be fine.  I have one concern that could not be remedied with a 6-way adjuster:  the width of the seat cushion is too narrow.  I need to keep my legs spread because of my balls, I'm a man, and the way the seat is bolstered, my left thigh feels the pressure from the bolster.  If the cushion were a little wider or bolstered differently, it would bring relief.  I find myself adjusting my left leg while driving.

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    I find the driving position to be fine.  I have one concern that could not be remedied with a 6-way adjuster:  the width of the seat cushion is too narrow.  I need to keep my legs spread because of my balls, I'm a man, and the way the seat is bolstered, my left thigh feels the pressure from the bolster.  If the cushion were a little wider or bolstered differently, it would bring relief.  I find myself adjusting my left leg while driving.

    Bulls were never meant to be confined! ;)

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    I was quite comfortable right off the bat when I sat the Colorado. It is interesting how much people vary in regards to their preferences in seat position. I was perfectly happy when there was slide the whole seat forward or back, tilt the back back.

     

    The more extra electric do-dads you ask for, the more the price keeps going up.

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    Say what! At nearly 37 large this thing doesn't even have a 6 was power seat? What in the world are they thinking? At this high price point there should be no less than an 8 way driver's seat and at the very least a 4-way passenger. This is what kills me about GM. They take a good product and give it half baked engines, over price it or don't give it competitive standard features or cheap out on crash worthiness. In this case they have a knock out truck with great driving dynamics and towing and two very good engines and then go and hamstring it with GM's lazily programmed transmission, a 4-way un-competitive driver seat and only 4 starts in the latest crash test results effectively handing that title over to the new F-150. In this game you need a strike out right out of the gate. The Colorado strikes me as third base.

    Is it really necessary to have 6 way power seats? 8 way? Unlimited?

    I get it...we should be comfortable when we drive...but even with a so called cheap 4 way...surely we could find a reasonably comfortable driving seating position...

    OMG...first world problems....

    Not too rag on you...I dont know you well enough to rag on you...I just want to show you where I stand on non-issues...

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    I saw my first Chevy Colorado live in the wild yesrterday....

    My My...it is a strikingly good looking truck.

    I saw it at the auto show...it looked huge...but in the wild...it looked like a perfect sized pick-up truck for the avergae joe that needs to haul around stuff.

    Im not a truck guy...so my opinion of this shall remain neutral and void of any criticism or praise.


    Who cares?  Once the seat is set, forget it.  No need to move it until you're ready to vacuum the interior.  What a piddly thing to bitch about.

    When I posted my remark on this...I did not see your post. My thoughts exactly.

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    I was quite comfortable right off the bat when I sat the Colorado. It is interesting how much people vary in regards to their preferences in seat position. I was perfectly happy when there was slide the whole seat forward or back, tilt the back back.

     

    The more extra electric do-dads you ask for, the more the price keeps going up.

    No need to say anything...usually...we have similar thoughts and ideas. This here is no different. I am a smallish guy..at 5'6 1/2 " tall, I fit comfortably in just about anything. I usually find the perfect driving position almost immediately in any vehicle. Even huge Ford F-350s.

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    I was quite comfortable right off the bat when I sat the Colorado. It is interesting how much people vary in regards to their preferences in seat position. I was perfectly happy when there was slide the whole seat forward or back, tilt the back back.

     

    The more extra electric do-dads you ask for, the more the price keeps going up.

    No need to say anything...usually...we have similar thoughts and ideas. This here is no different. I am a smallish guy..at 5'6 1/2 " tall, I fit comfortably in just about anything. I usually find the perfect driving position almost immediately in any vehicle. Even huge Ford F-350s.

     

    I'm 6'1" 225 Lbs and mostly I'm the same. At least for shorter trips.

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      Body style / driveline:
      five-passenger, four-door SUV, front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive
      EPA vehicle class:
      compact SUV
      Powertrains

      Engine / Type: 1.5L turbo DOHC DI
      2.0L turbo DOHC DI
      1.6L turbo-diesel
      Block material:
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      Cylinder head material:
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      cast aluminum
      Fuel delivery:
      direct injection
      direct injection
      direct injection
      Horsepower (hp / kW):
      170 / 127 (GM-estimated)
      252 / 188 (GM-estimated)
      136 / 101 (GM-estimated)
      Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm):
      203 / 275 (GM-estimated)
      260 / 353 (GM-estimated)
      236 / 320 (GM-estimated)
      GM-est. fuel economy:
      31 hwy
      28 hwy
      40 hwy
      Transmission:
      Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic
      Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed automatic
      Hydra-Matic 6T45 six-speed automatic
      Chassis / Suspension

      Suspension (front): MacPherson strut with side-loaded modules, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar
      Suspension (rear): 
      4 Link Independent Rear Suspension
      Steering type:
      Dual Rack and Pinion Electric Power Steering
      Turning circle (ft / m):
      37.4 / 11.4 (17-inch wheels)
      Brakes & Wheels

      Brake type: four-wheel disc with ABS and ESC; Duralife rotors and low-drag calipers (US)
      Wheel size and type:
      17-, 18- and 19-inch aluminum
      Exterior Dimensions

      Wheelbase (in / mm): 107.3 / 2725
      Overall length (in / mm):
      183.1 / 4652
      Overall width (in / mm):
      72.6 / 1843
      Overall height (in / mm):
      65.4 / 1661
      Track (in / mm):
      front: 62.2 / 1580
      rear: 62.2 / 1581
      Interior Dimensions

      Seating capacity: 2 / 3
      Headroom (in / mm):
      Front - 40.0/1015 (w/o SR), 38.2/970 (w/ Sunroof)
      Rear - 38.5/977 (w/o SR), 36.9/936 (w/ Sunroof)
      Legroom (in / mm):
      40.9 / 1040 (front)
      39.7 / 1008 (rear)
      Shoulder room (in / mm):
      57.2 / 1452 (front)
      55.5 / 1410 (rear)
      Hip room (in / mm):
      54.2 / 1377 (front)
      51.7 / 1314 (rear)
      Weights & Capacities

      Base curb weight (lb / kg): 3327 / 1509 (1.5L w/ FWD)
      Fuel capacity (gal / L):
      14.7 / 55 (FWD)
      TBD (AWD)
      15.5 / 58 (1.6L diesel)
      Max cargo room (cu ft / L):
      29.9 / 846 (behind rear seat)
      63.5 / 1798 (rear seat folded)
      Max trailering (lb / kg):
      3500 / 1585 (2.0L turbo)
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    • By William Maley
      When Chevrolet announced the 2017 Bolt's range last week, they hinted that the model would have a price tag of under $37,500 and would qualify for the maximum $7,500 tax credit. Today, Chevrolet announced the starting price for the Bolt will be $37,495 when it arrives at dealers later this year. The company is quick to point out that the price drops to $29,995 once you add in the $7,500 federal tax credit. But we need to stress that this tax credit cannot be used during the purchase of the Bolt, so you're still paying the $37,495.

      The base Bolt LT will come equipped with a regen-on-demand steering wheel paddle, 10.2-inch touchscreen, backup camera, and more. Premier models feature leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, surround view camera, and the rear camera mirror. Chevrolet hasn't announced pricing for Premier at this time.
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      The well-equipped LT trim starts at $37,495 and comes with standard features that include, among others, Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle, rear vision camera, 10.2-inch diagonal color touch screen and MICHELIN™ Self-sealing tires (in certain circumstances). The top trim Premier includes all LT equipment plus additional standard features such as leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, surround camera and rear camera mirror. Pricing includes destination and freight charges and excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. The Bolt EV will be available at select dealerships in late 2016.

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    • By William Maley
      When Chevrolet announced the 2017 Bolt's range last week, they hinted that the model would have a price tag of under $37,500 and would qualify for the maximum $7,500 tax credit. Today, Chevrolet announced the starting price for the Bolt will be $37,495 when it arrives at dealers later this year. The company is quick to point out that the price drops to $29,995 once you add in the $7,500 federal tax credit. But we need to stress that this tax credit cannot be used during the purchase of the Bolt, so you're still paying the $37,495.

      The base Bolt LT will come equipped with a regen-on-demand steering wheel paddle, 10.2-inch touchscreen, backup camera, and more. Premier models feature leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, surround view camera, and the rear camera mirror. Chevrolet hasn't announced pricing for Premier at this time.
      Source: Chevrolet
      Press Release is on Page 2


      DETROIT – The Chevrolet Bolt EV set the range benchmark for an affordable EV capable of going the distance by offering an EPA-rated 238 miles on a full charge. Now, Chevrolet is keeping its promise to offer the Bolt EV at an affordable price by confirming a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $37,495 including destination charge. Depending on individual tax situations, customers may receive an available federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for a net value of $29,995.
      “Value is a hallmark for Chevrolet and the pricing of the Bolt EV proves we’re serious about delivering the first affordable EV with plenty of range for our customers,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and leader of Global Chevrolet. “We have kept our promise yet again, first on range and now on price.”
      Bolt EV buyers will find range, cargo space, technology and safety features standard in a great vehicle with crossover proportions. The thrill of driving an EV, along with the sales and service support of a nationwide network of Bolt EV certified Chevrolet dealers, makes the Bolt EV a smart buy for any customer.
      The well-equipped LT trim starts at $37,495 and comes with standard features that include, among others, Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle, rear vision camera, 10.2-inch diagonal color touch screen and MICHELIN™ Self-sealing tires (in certain circumstances). The top trim Premier includes all LT equipment plus additional standard features such as leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, surround camera and rear camera mirror. Pricing includes destination and freight charges and excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. The Bolt EV will be available at select dealerships in late 2016.
    • 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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