Competes with: Volkswagen Eos, Volkswagen Beetle, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro
Looks like: The spiritual successor to the old Chrysler 200 convertible
Drivetrain: 200-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder; six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Early 2016
Convertibles in the U.S. seem to come in only two flavors these days: muscle cars or expensive luxury models. The days of inexpensive convertibles for the common buyer are gone with the demise of the Chrysler 200 (nee Sebring) and Toyota Solara. If you want a four-seat convertible, you can have a rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang, or an expensive German, British or Italian luxury car. But now there's a new arrival from Europe that may give shoppers a stylish option.
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Based on the Opel of the same name, the new 2016 Buick Cascada is set to arrive in about a year, providing a unique offering in showrooms that really has no direct competition in the U.S. Under the skin, the Cascada is essentially a Buick Verano turbo with two fewer doors and a folding roof, while its bodywork looks like the latest Opel Astra. It's a product of GM's new global initiative with Buick in which a number of U.S.-market vehicles are sourced from Europe's Opel division with a little rebadging and slightly different sheet metal.